Emerging trends in breast cancer research-Promises and challenges

March 14, 2018
Hosted by Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA

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We’ve made tremendous progress in breast cancer research in the last 20 years with advances in targeted therapies like Herceptin (and other Her2-targeted therapies) newly approved CDK4/6 inhibitors (Ibrance, Verzinio, Kisqali) for advanced breast cancer, the use of adjuvant (systemic) therapy to reduce risk of recurrence, and genetic tests that allow us to better predict risk and risk of recurrence. These advances are evidenced in a nearly 40% decrease in breast cancer-related deaths in the last 30 years and more than 3.5 million women and men with a history of breast cancer in the US. While the latter number speaks to the success of therapies and early detection, it also speaks to a great failure in preventing breast cancer and breast cancer metastasis and it does not count the number of women and men who live with long-term effects of their cancer treatment or the disparity in breast cancer outcomes among African American women compared to white women.

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Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio

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Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA

Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA

The hosts met in 1991 in their corporate jobs at Dex Media. Both are breast cancer survivors and co-founders of Breast Friends, a national non-profit established in 2000. They have worked with thousands of patients over the last fifteen years and provide inspiration, hope, and practical guidance from point of diagnosis, through treatment and many years beyond. Both women received the Local Hero Award from BMW-North America and Susan G. Komen, and are Certified Navigators/Breast Advocates.

Sharon Henifin has been a breast cancer survivor since 1993. She left her job as a sales trainer in 2006 to work full-time for Breast Friends. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2008 and expanded Breast Friends Survivorship program using life-coaching technique. She created and facilitates the “Thriving Beyond Cancer,” workshops and retreats. She is a published author with chapters in two publications and is presently working on her first book.

Becky Olson is a three time breast cancer survivor. She left her job as a sales manager in 2005 to pursue her work with Breast Friends. Becky has been a professional speaker since 2003 and travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring women to find joy in adversity. She is a published author with chapters in two books and has also published her own book, “The Hat That Saved My Life,” published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007. Becky received the National Pink Power Mom Award in 2009, and the Bank of America Local Hero award in 2012.

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