More women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year than any other type of cancer. Identifying, preventing, and treating long-term side effects of the disease and its therapies are top priorities for specialists at Winship Cancer Institute thanks to a gift from the Cooper Family Foundation.
The Cooper Foundation established a breast cancer initiative at Winship five years ago led by Andrew Miller, MD, the William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Mylin Torres, a radiation oncologist who holds the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer and serves as the Director of the Glenn Family Breast Center.
Problems, including long-standing depression, fatigue, and difficulties with memory and concentration, "occur in up to one-third of breast cancer survivors and significantly impair quality of life," says Miller. Currently there are few treatments for these behavioral problems, and those that are available have limited effectiveness. He says, thanks to the Cooper Family Foundation, we are making great strides toward treating these problems and ultimately preventing them.
"The findings offer great hope that this research will lead to meaningful improvements in the quality of life of breast cancer patients. My family and I are pleased with the work Winship at Emory is doing in this vital area," states Fred Cooper, chairman of the Cooper Foundation and a member of the Winship Advisory Board.