Cooper Foundation Funds Breast Cancer Initiative

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The Cooper Family Foundation has established a breast cancer initiative in Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University that includes a two-part study aimed at identifying, preventing, and treating long-term side effects associated with breast cancer and its therapies. William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Andrew Miller and radiation oncologist Mylin Torres will lead the Cooper Family Foundation Breast Cancer Initiative.

Problems—including long-standing anxiety, irritability, depression, fatigue, sleep difficulties, and difficulties with memory and concentration—“occur in up to one-third of breast cancer survivors and significantly impair quality of life,” Miller says.

Previous research funded by the Cooper Foundation suggests inflammation may be a major culprit in causing these complications. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to the challenge of cancer treatment but can become chronic in some individuals. This latest gift will directly benefit breast cancer patients by helping scientists identify what happens during cancer treatment to cause chronic inflammation, who is at risk, and what methods of care might block inflammation.

“Dr. Miller’s research findings offer great hope that this area of research will lead to meaningful improvements in the quality of life of breast cancer patients. My family and I are pleased with the work Emory is doing in this vital area,” said foundation chair Fred Cooper.

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