Kat’s Ribbon of Hope
Adelphi Breast Cancer Program
The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program received their third annual grant that allowed the program to expand its services for bilingual social work/patient navigation at local hospitals.
Bilingual social workers/patient navigators from the Adelphi Program meet with patients immediately following their breast cancer diagnosis at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). These staff members provide on-going support and follow patients through diagnosis and treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstruction. The program at NUMC addresses disparities in mortality by providing psychosocial support, counseling, patient navigation and concrete services to underserved patients with breast cancer.
The funds enabled the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program to hire a second bilingual social worker/patient navigator and allows the social workers to serve patients treated at other local hospitals. Additionally, the program began a Spanish language support group, Cafécito, in the community for patients and their families.
The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program offers free emotional support and information to people coping with cancer. The hotline can be reached at 800-877-8077. Visit us at http://breast-cancer.adelphi.edu/.
Adelphi Women’s Breast Cancer Hotline Receives $100,000 from KROH
On September 7th, Katerina Raptis and Anna Karacostas presented Dr. Neil Iyengar with a grant check for $25,000 to be allocated towards Dr. Iyengar’s medical research for breast cancer. The funds were raised in May of 2017 along with Steve and Sofia Koutsoumbaris at Allora Kitchen and Bar in Queens.
Katerina Raptis also presented an additional check of $6,500 from the generous donations from family and friends of Dalith Seldman Edgar on the occasion of her birthday. We are ever grateful for the love and support of our dear family and friends. It is because of you that KROH has awarded over $55,000 to MSKCC this year. Additional grants have been given to Weill Cornell Medical Center ($25,000) and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research ($33,000).
Supporting important and necessary research is one of our main missions. Our ongoing support of Dr. Neil Iyengars’ research at Memorial Sloan Kettering is something we are very proud of. Dr. Iyengar’s research links inflammation and obesity to increased risks of breast cancer. A key component of Dr. Iyengar’s reaserch is the development of clinical trials- including diets, exercise, and medications that aim to prevent obesity related cancers and well as improve outcomes in patients with fatty-tissue inflammation.
For the first time, KROH partners with Weill Cornell Medical Center to support a grant under Dr. Eleni Andreopoulou. Her study focuses on genetic risks of early onset breast cancer in women under 40. DNA samples are being collected from 200 women diagnosed with early onset breast cancer who are BRCA carriers and 200 women with breast cancer who are not BRCA mutation carriers. The goal is to identify genetic risk factors that predispose some women to develop breast cancer at a young age and to explain the more aggressive clinicopathological features observed at this younger group and finally to identify possible mechanisms/pathways of intervention.