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Dear supporter,

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time of hope, as we celebrate those living with and beyond breast cancer.

This October, honor a loved one with a meaningful gift to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our physicians and researchers need your support to continue making significant progress in research and care for those living with breast cancer.

Please enjoy our Sylvester Fall newsletter below including the heartening story of Jackie Abels, a mother and breast cancer survivor. We hope these stories and advancements taking place inspire you to reaffirm your partnership with Sylvester for another year.

Thank you,

Joshua Tessier
Assistant Director, Annual Giving
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Click here to read the Fall 2018 Newsletter.

Jackie Abels
Jackeline Abels, breast cancer survivor

Patient Profile:
Jackie Abels Receives Life-Saving Treatment at Sylvester and shares her breast cancer story - living with it and beyond.

Jackeline "Jackie" Abels knows the importance of a self-examination for breast cancer — whether you're a woman or a man. A few years after enjoying good health following a successful lumpectomy, Abels received an unpleasant, emotional shock after a routine mammogram with Nilza Kallos, M.D., at Sylvester.

"After the mammogram, I could see from Dr. Kallos' face that something was wrong," said Abels. "She found another small mass, less than a centimeter in size, in my right breast. But first thing she said to me was, 'You are not going to die. We can treat this successfully.'"

Read Abels' full story here.


Most Early-Stage Breast Cancers May No Longer Need Chemotherapy
Newly diagnosed cancer patients need some good news — now women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can get such news.

The recently released TAILORx study found that 70 percent of women with low to intermediate risk of breast cancer don't need chemotherapy if their tumors have the following characteristics: have not spread to lymph nodes; growth is driven by hormones; up to 5 cm in size; and do not overexpress HER2 protein. Read more.

From left: Jennifer Jehn, senior vice president of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and DCC, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester, Sara M. St. George, Ph.D., Lesley Visser, Twan Russell, and Keith Goralski
From left: Jennifer Jehn, senior vice president of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and DCC, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester, Sara M. St. George, Ph.D., Lesley Visser, Twan Russell, and Keith Goralski

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Help Female Cancer Survivors

Sara Mijares St. George, Ph.D., of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a grant from the V Foundation for cancer research, founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, through collaboration with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC). The Early Career Investigator Grant will fund a study that will use smartphones and tablets to connect Hispanic and black female cancer survivors and provide them with information to improve weight, physical activity, and nutrition for participating survivors and their family members. Read more.

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Upcoming Events

October 27: ACS Making Strides Miami-Dade — Marlins Park
October 27: ACS Making Strides Broward — Huizenga Plaza
November 3: LLS Walk Miami — Bayfront Park
November 17: LLS Walk Ft. Lauderdale — Esplanade Park
November 30: Florida Panthers Hockey Fights Cancer Night — BB&T Center
April 6: DCC IX — Hard Rock Stadium
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