Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Diane O'Connor Thompson Breast Center

I am so happy I decided to do this.  Now, instead of focusing on what I can't do I am focusing on what I can do.  I'm not getting to watch as much Netflix or Hulu but I think it's worth it.  I keep finding more resources and it's like, OMG!  A lot I don't qualify for because I'm "too old" now or I'm still in treatment and they are for the "out of treatment" people, but they are resources for others.

I'm excited to announce that I have three guest bloggers lined up already.  Ladies that I have met through this experience that, I believe, will bring different perspectives, information, and heart to this blog.  Always keep checking back, I am adding more information daily.

For those who are looking for specific help you don't find on here right now, feel free to email us at with any questions you may have, information you need, or maybe you want to be a guest blogger.  We check email frequently and will do our best to find what you need.
Now for some great information I came across.  The University of Colorado Cancer Center's Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Program.  I briefly touch on this resource under my resource section but I was looking at their Spring 2015 Newsletter.  In this edition there are some great information I wanted to tell you about.  All this information is taken directly from their Spring 2015 Edition.

  • They have a special interest in raising awareness and treatment of Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer, which can be diagnosed even up to 5 years after a childbirth (I find this information very useful because I fall into that category as I know a lot of other's are as well)
  • At the University Colorado Cancer Center they are working on vaccine trials.  New immunotherapies seek to block cancer's actions.  These vaccines also teach the body to recognize and attack cancer cells.  As a benefit of the targeted treatment, they have fewer side effects than traditional treatments (i.e. chemotherapy, radiation)
  • There are many types of research, from treatment trials to surveys to exercise trials to even donating a part of your cancer.  Even if you are up to 10 years from your original diagnosis you are still eligible for some trials.  Currently over 20 treatment trials are open, including special trials for BRCA+ or HER2+ patients.  You can even just donate part of your tumor biopsy for one trial.  Contact them for more info!
  • A recent study includes examining breast changes in women after pregnancy and breast feeding.  Young women who recently gave birth and have not been diagnosed with cancer have volunteered to join this study to help them learn more about young women's breast cancer; and in particular, pregnancy associated breast cancer that can occur up to 5 years after the last child birth.  The study remains open!  Contact today if you are interested in participating and tell your friends who have recently given birth!
Contact them today to learn more about Research or Clinical Trials!
All information is taken from the
Diane O'Connor Thompson Breast Center 
Breast Cancer Services
pamphlet (received from the YSC Summit 2015)
For an appointment call:  (720) 848-1030

More about the CU Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital.  Each patient has clinical teams assembled specifically for each type of cancer-and they bring the specialists to you, often at one location and in one visit. (I'm not sure what the "bring the specialists to you" part means)  As true subspecialists, their team treats the most common and rarest types of breast cancer (something I am so interested in because mine is a rare 2% of all breast cancer's).   

The care is comprehensive, and depending on your situation, your Breast Center care program will include a combination of their team members.

I hope there is some information here that helps someone.  It was so important to me when I learned of all the specializing they did.  The vaccine trials, how cool!  I will be calling them soon, I will let you know how it goes!



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