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KU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-WICHITA

Jennifer Bacani, a second-year medical resident, and Beth Loney, a fourth-year medical student, were recently chosen to sit on the national boards of two prominent family medicine organizations.

Bacani was elected as the national resident representative to the board of directors of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She is a second-year resident at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita and a 2006 graduate of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

Loney is the student representative on the board of directors for the American Academy of Family Physicians and is completing her medical training in Kansas City, Kan.

KU MEDICAL CENTER

The Breast Cancer Survivorship Center, located at the KU Hospital Cancer Center and Medical Pavilion, in Westwood, Kan., held opening ceremonies Nov.16.

To meet the needs of the growing population of cancer survivors, the center incorporates clinical, research and psychosocial programs that aim to provide a model that can be translated to other centers and expanded to other types of cancer. As one of the only comprehensive centers for breast cancer survivorship in the country, the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center offers individualized service for breast cancer survivors, including genetic counseling and testing; fertility preservation; and endocrine imbalance.

The center will also assist survivors with menopausal symptom management; diet and exercise strategies; and long-term cardiac monitoring.

“With survival rates for early-stage breast cancer exceeding 90 percent, the need to incorporate survivorship into the continuum of care is imperative in today's practice,” said Carol Fabian, medical director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Center and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center. “Our focus will be on assessing and treating the physical and psychosocial effects of treatment to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.”

Side effects of a prolonged course of treatment for cancer can exact a heavy physical toll on the body, leaving a survivor with health needs that require lifelong surveillance and evaluation. To further understand these effects, the clinic will develop a robust research program.

“Our goal is to help breast cancer survivors find a new normal after treatment,” said Jennifer Klemp, manager of the center. “By applying a patient-centered clinical-research model, we can create a new standard of care by creating novel programs and services to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors.”

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are more than 10.5 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2007. This number is projected to grow as research advances lead to a better understanding of cancer and more effective treatments are developed.

“The opening of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center plays an important role in our efforts to obtain the National Cancer Institute's designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Roy Jensen, director of the KU Cancer Center. “The NCI views survivorship as an integral component in the continuum of care for a cancer patient, and this program allows us to build an outstanding survivorship model by taking knowledge gained from efficiently managing the long-term effects of cancer and translate it into better care for cancer patients from here on out.”

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