Komen News: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Announces 2003 Professor of Survivorship Awardees
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Announces 2003 Professor of Survivorship Awardees
Physicians from National Cancer Institute, Loyola University Medical Center Recognized
DALLAS - February 8, 2004 - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has announced its 2003 Professors of Survivorship - an annual award granted to researchers and educators whose work furthers the understanding of the complex issues related to surviving breast cancer.
This year's awardees are Noreen M. Aziz, M.D., Ph.D, MPH, program director within the National Cancer Institute's Office of Survivorship, and Kathy S. Albain, M.D., of the Loyola University Medical Center's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.
In announcing the 2003 awardees, Komen Foundation president and chief executive officer Susan Braun said, "The Komen Professor of Survivorship Award is vitally important to the Foundation's comprehensive approach to breast cancer and the needs of breast cancer patients and their loved ones."
Dr. Aziz is being recognized for promoting efforts related to cancer survivorship and follow-up care as research priorities for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Most recently, she coordinated a request for proposals for an initiative focusing on the concerns of long-term survivors. It netted over 125 grant applications and was viewed as one of the most successful such initiatives in NIH history. Dr. Aziz oversees more than 80 ongoing research studies. She organized two international conferences to establish guidelines for follow-up care for both pediatric and adult cancer survivors.
Dr. Albain is clinical director of the Breast Cancer Research Program, co-director of the multidisciplinary Breast Oncology Center and director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, located in Chicago. She is involved in national research and advisory activities related to breast cancer, cancer survivorship and special populations. She chairs the Committee on Special Populations for the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). Under Dr. Albain's leadership, an active lay advocate program was formed, enabling breast cancer survivors to participate in the development and implementation of SWOG protocols. Good Housekeeping magazine in 1999 and Redbook magazine in 2001 listed her among the top breast cancer physicians in the United States.
Rebecca Garcia, Ph.D., vice president of health sciences for the Komen Foundation said, "The work of our awardees adds a wealth of valuable insight into the lives and unique concerns of breast cancer survivors."
She added, "Komen's Professor of Survivorship Award recognizes that the post-treatment journey of breast cancer patients takes place over largely uncharted territory. Cancer survivorship is fertile ground for careful, in-depth study."
Professor of Survivorship Award
The Professor of Survivorship award, which was established by the Komen Foundation in 1999, is granted each year to two individuals - one who works in research specific to breast cancer survivor issues and one whose survivor-related work takes place primarily in a clinical setting. Awardees are appointed Komen Professors of Survivorship for a one-year period, and each receives a $20,000 honorarium to be used to advance their work.
Cheryl Perkins, M.D., the Komen Foundation's senior clinical advisor and a breast cancer survivor said, "After completion of treatment, most breast cancer survivors' concerns tend to shift from immediate survival and recovery to broader psycho-social issues, such as overall quality of life, body image and self-esteem. In addition, intimacy issues, employment and insurability concerns, reproductive issues and questions about the long-term effects of cancer treatment are top of mind with breast cancer survivors."
Previous Komen Professor of Survivorship awardees have been recognized for efforts ranging from authoring popular books on survivorship issues to the establishment of Web sites and other informational resources for survivors and their families. The award has also helped advance academic research into the impact of treatment and psychosocial distress experienced after treatment completion; quality of life issues in minority communities; the impact of "chemo brain," a cognitive disorder sometimes associated with treatment; treatment side- effects such as weight gain, and the potential benefits of dietary adjustments and well-designed exercise programs.
A specially appointed committee of peers and survivors selects awardees. For more information about the program and application criteria visit the grants page or call 888-300-5582.