Want to keep up on breast cancer research? Understand the reality behind the headlines? NBCC educates and informs advocates about research that is relevant to our mission. As part of that work, we publish Science Spotlights which provide in-depth analyses of recently published breast cancer research, the results of pivotal breast cancer clinical trials, and other newsworthy breast cancer data. Announcements about new Science Spotlights are sent through NBCC’s biweekly Call To Action newsletters and other email communications. Past NBCC Science Spotlights are available here.
February 9, 2023 FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee
NBCC has made Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform a priority, which you can read about here. NBCC believes it is important to educate our members about how the FDA works and where NBCC advocates can play a role. Here, we focus on a recent, unprecedented meeting of the FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC). Find out more about the focus of the recent ODAC meeting here.
Do Breast Cancer Patients Always Need Radiotherapy?
We all want to see less toxic treatment. Less treatment overall, with the same outcome, is an important goal. New research suggests irradiation/radiotherapy can be safely omitted in certain breast cancer patients. Learn more about the results of the PRIME II trial in the March 2023 Science Spotlight.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition now offers a new training tool for scientifically minded advocates! Our online Learning Management System (LMS), which until now has been in the pilot stage, is at last available for all Project LEAD graduates with current NBCC memberships.
The LMS provides interactive educational modules designed to help advocates learn complex material in a personalized way. With this tool, our most dedicated advocates will be able to continue their breast cancer education in a flexible manner and at their own pace. The course catalog currently features a wide array of topics including screening, clinical trial design and ethics, breast cancer models, critical appraisal of scientific literature, and many more. Additional modules are being added regularly.
We hope that you will choose to take advantage of this valuable resource. To learn more about the LMS and how to register, please visit our website.
Registration is open for NBCC’s annual Advocate Leadership Summit, set for May 6-8, 2023, in Washington, DC! This year’s Summit will offer discussion sessions with top researchers and advocates, as well as skill-building, message training, and strategic planning workshops that inform attendees about critical issues and policies. NBCC will host our annual Lobby Day on May 9.
This year, the Summit will include presentations on:
– Ancestry, Gene Expression, and Disparities in Breast Cancer
– The History of the FDA and the Birth of Accelerated Approval
– Issues in the Clinical Trials Enterprise
– Health Care Costs and Value in Cancer Treatment
– And much more!
Confirmed speakers include Dr. Melissa Davis of Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Lewis Grossman of American University, Dr. Michael Press of the Keck School of Medicine USC, and Dr. Heather Parsons of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Stay tuned for more announcements about exciting sessions and speakers!
You can see the preliminary agenda here.
To find out more about the 2023 Advocate Leadership Summit, visit our website. You will find information on how to register, reserve your hotel room, and fundraise to attend the Summit. We hope to see you there!
Applications for the 2023 Project LEAD Institute are open. NBCC’s premier science training program will be held in La Jolla, CA from July 30 – August 4, 2023. This six-day intensive course provides advocates with a foundation in breast cancer science, as well as an introduction to clinical trial design, epidemiology, and immunology. Attendees will also learn how this scientific knowledge can be put to work in helping NBCC achieve its mission to end breast cancer.
Applications are due no later than April 21, 2023. Applicants are accepted on a monthly rolling basis. Priority will be given to those who have attended NBCC Summits. To learn more about Project LEAD Institute and how to apply, click here.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition’s mission is to end breast cancer. Every dollar raised is immediately put to work by furthering scientific research, providing collaborative workshops and symposia, and advancing advocacy training and public policy work in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the country.
Every minute counts in our efforts to achieve our mission of ending breast cancer. Every dollar equates to more lives saved. Your gift is more than a contribution. It is an investment that will enable us to end breast cancer once and for all.