Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen fights MBC with innovative research, patient support, and more
by FWD>DFW with contributions from Amanda DeBard, Susan G. Komen | October 16, 2019
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but how much do you know about the most aggressive form of the disease, metastatic breast cancer (MBC)? Each year, more than 42,000 people lose their lives to MBC, also known as stage IV breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breasts and into vital organs — commonly the brain, bones, liver and lungs.
Right now, more than 154,000 women and an unknown number of men in the U.S. are living with MBC, trying to make the most of the time they still have. Most patients living with it were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and went through treatment, only to find it later returned as metastatic disease. Some patients – about 6% of women and 8% of men – are initially diagnosed with MBC, meaning nobody is immune from metastatic disease.
Currently there is no cure for MBC and treatment efforts largely focus on helping patients live their fullest lives. And, that’s simply not acceptable, especially not to Susan G. Komen. The organization is leading the fight to find a cure for MBC, making it a top priority for public policy, research and ongoing education, and patient support programs. Of the $1 billion they’ve invested in research since their founding, the organization has funded more than $210 million in MBC research alone, including more than 500 research grants and more than 50 clinical trials.
Next year’s research grants will focus on liquid biopsies, a simple blood test that will eventually allow doctors to detect metastatic disease even before symptoms arise, monitor treatment responses earlier, and to develop more effective, personalized treatment plans.
This month, on Komen’s Real Pink podcast, the organization is recognizing patients living with MBC, telling their heart-wrenching stories, along with their impactful research efforts that provide newer, more effective treatments for MBC.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with MBC, you can get more education and information here.
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