Young Cancer Survivors Fail to Have Their Needs Met

May 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

I am excited to share with you some last-minute news about funding for CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry (GBACR). Not only were we refunded by the State of California for the next five years, but also we received an excellent score on our application for refunding. This success reflects the outstanding work of CPIC staff. Our world-renowned cancer registry gathers information on all cancers diagnosed and treated in the nine Bay Area counties, based on information collected from medical records and provided to us under law by hospitals, doctors, and other medical facilities. This information is the basis of all our research toward cancer prevention. I’d also like to remind you that we are just a week away from the Get In Front Performance. There are still a few tickets available for this exciting evening, but they are going quickly. So take a moment and visit the Get In Front website to get your tickets. We hope to see you there.

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer Need More Info

In a study that examined whether adolescent and young adult cancer survivors received adequate information and service needs after treatment, CPIC Research Scientist Theresa Keegan, Ph.D., M.S., found that the majority of these young cancer survivors failed to have their needs met. The study also found that the problem is particularly noticeable for African-American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanics.

Read more about this study of young people and cancer.

Two CPIC Staff Get Healthy and Get In Front

Getting healthy and Getting In Front of cancer can be as easy as a small change in diet. Two CPIC staff members — Research Scientist Christina Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Human Resources Assistant Patricia Cordeiro — took a few small steps earlier this year to eat healthier. Each motivated by her own reasons, they both followed the same diet, and now they and their families are eating and feeling better.

Find out how Tina and Patricia changed their diets to Get In Front.

The Pipeline: New Grant Examines Environment, Obesity and Cancer

CPIC received funding for two new studies in April. One of the studies will investigate the impact of environment on breast, prostate and colorectal cancer risk among African-Americans and Latinos. The study, subcontracted through the University of Hawaii and directed by CPIC Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., M.P.H., will use data from the large, population-based Multiethnic Cohort study in conjunction with a rich socioeconomic and built environment database at CPIC .

Visit the awards page for more information.

Ways to Get In Front

On June 18, you can help Get In Front of cancer by swinging some clubs. The 21st Annual Women in Employee Benefits Invitational (WEBI) Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, with proceeds benefiting CPIC. It's not too late to sign up and hit the links to support cancer prevention. If watching athletic grace is more your thing, tickets are still available for the June 6 Get In Front Performance at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

See what other events are happening at CPIC.

Behind the Scenes with Volunteers from CPIC's Breast Cancer Conference

Pictured here are volunteers at the 11th Annual Allison Taylor Holbrooks Breast Cancer Conference this spring. They include CPIC’s Pam Priest Naeve, Natalia Kissoon, Claudine Reyes, Karen Homan, Helen Parnala, Ha Van, Myrna Marquez, and Karen Hussain. CPIC’s Rita Leung, Roxanna Pitchford, and Gabriela Pena also volunteered at the conference. The conference provides a wide range of new and practical information about living with a diagnosis of breast cancer, including information about treatment, side effects, patient and family support, nutrition, genetics, health insurance and much more. Speakers came from many regional agencies and hospitals, and volunteers were an essential component of the program.

See our amazing CPIC volunteers up close.

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