Three Part PBS Series on Cancer begins March 30th

Beginning Monday, March 30th, at 9 pm Eastern Time, PBS will air a three-part, six hour program on cancer based on the book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The series continues on March 31st and April 1st. Presented by Ken Burns, the series is “the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made.”

The National Breast Cancer Coalition and its role in developing the drug Herceptin are chronicled in Mukherjee’s book. Dr. Susan Love is featured in Part 2 of the series, discussing advances in breast cancer.

Having read Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, I am looking forward to this series. It is important for breast cancer advocates to understand the history and complexity of a disease that continues to challenge us to this day.

You can explore an informative web site about the series:







NHBCC President Nancy Ryan (far right) and NHBCC Board member Lucie Chakmakas recently visited the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Manchester, New Hampshire, to present a thank you plaque to La-Z-Boy and Fallon’s Furniture staff (left to right) Rachael Manfra, Jenna Guilmette and Deb Desrochers. Thanks to La-Z-Boy Furniture and Fallon’s Furniture for your generous ongoing financial support for the NHBCC Support Services Fund!


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New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH 1st District) and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH 2nd District)) have signed a “Dear Colleague” letter, urging their colleagues to support continued funding for the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (DoD BCRP). This breast cancer research program is an innovative, high-impact, efficient program that includes consumer participation and is highly accountable to the public. Early funding from this program led to the development of the innovative drug Herceptin.

To thank Congresswoman Kuster, call (202) 225-5206, and to thank Congressman Guinta, call (202) 225-5456 with this message:

“Thank you for signing the Dear Colleague letter in support of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016. Thank you for your leadership in helping to ensure vital funding for this critical program.”

Update:  April 2, 2015

The New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition is calling on elected public officials to endorse the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

1)  Encourage your elected New Hampshire legislator to endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  Visit

2)  To those officials who have already endorsed Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, encourage your state and national colleagues to join you!

A hearty thank-you to the following New Hampshire federal and state officials for standing behind Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  [Updated: 4/2/2015]

Governor Maggie Hassan

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte

U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

U. S. Rep. Frank Guinta

Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

State Senator Andy Sanborn

State Senator Martha Fuller Clark

State Rep. Rick Ladd

State Senator John Reagan

State Rep. Christy Dolat Bartlett

Former State Rep. Amanda Merrill

State Rep. Laurie Sanborn

State Rep. Larry Gagne

State Rep. Ed Butler

State Rep. Naida Kaen

Former State Rep. William Butynski

Former State Rep. Pamela Hubbard

State Rep. Steven Smith

State Rep. Dick Hinch

State Rep. Don LeBrun

State Rep. Robert Backus

State Rep. Travis Bennett

State Rep. Michael Cahill

State Rep. Glenn Cordelli

State Rep. Allen Cook

State Rep. Helen Deloge

State Rep. Linda Di Silvestro

State Rep. Alethea Froburg

State Rep. William Gannon

State Rep. Pamela Gordon

State Rep. Peter Hansen

State Rep. Martha Hennessey

State Rep. Peggy McCarthy

State Rep. Richard McNamara

State Rep. Sharon Nordgren

State Rep. Harold Parker

State Sen. David Pierce

State Rep. John Potucek

State Rep. James Spillane

State Rep. David Wood

State Rep.  Michael Vose

State Senator Jeff Woodburn

State Senator Donna Soucy

State Senator Molly Kelly

State Rep. Mary Jane Wallner

Town of Lee, NH, Select Board




Staff members from Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a national education and support organization, have posted several summaries of breast cancer research presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held December 9-13 in San Antonio.  Thanks to LBBC for sharing this information!

Click below for the summaries, including surveys conducted by LBBC on women with triple negative breast cancer.  Women with triple negative breast cancer have tumors that lack three receptors that fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).


Thanks to Dr. Susan Love for summarizing important news from this year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  This meeting hosts over 7,500 scientists, practitioners and advocates each year to present and to learn about current breast cancer research.  The advocate program and advocate involvement are top-notch!  Thanks, Dr. Love.

Click here for The View from San Antonio – Part One by Dr. Susan Love




Krystal Pratt, owner of Le Cure Couture, hosted a delightful silent art auction and wine tasting at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH, on November 19, 2014.  Thanks to Krystal for a beautiful event that raised $3,800 for the NHBCC Support Services Fund!

Photo:  Krystal (third from right) presents the donation to Nancy Ryan, NHBCC President, and NHBCC Board members Heather Merrill (far left), Elaine Lavallee, Deb Smith, Sue Holmes and Jane Edmunds.


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Dover Bowl in Dover, New Hampshire, with support from radio station 97.5 WOKQ and 102.1 and 105.3 The Shark, selected the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition to benefit from fundraising activities in October.  Thanks to Dale Houde, General Manager of Dover Bowl, to Mark Bowen, Dover Bowl owner, and to all the bowlers who came out to “strike out breast cancer!”

Nancy Ryan accepted the $500 check from Dover Bowl General Manager, Dale, (right) and Jonathan Smith from The Shark!  Thanks to all!


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iCAD’s #TargetPink Campaign Raises Breast Cancer Awareness and Funds for New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition

November 20, 2014

LEE, NH — iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for the early identification and treatment of cancer, recently contributed $2,500 to the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition (NHBCC), as result of a month-long, patient-education-based social media campaign in support of breast cancer awareness. Based in Nashua, New Hampshire, iCAD partnered with the NHBCC during breast cancer awareness month to raise support for women facing breast cancer in its home state.

“The NHBCC Board of Directors is proud to partner with iCAD in raising breast cancer awareness, providing information and securing funds to support our mission,” said Nancy Ryan, NHBCC president. “October’s #TargetPink was a unique social media campaign that raised significant funds for NHBCC.”

Launched at the beginning of October, the #TargetPink campaign educated on breast cancer incidence, prevention, detection and treatment. iCAD pledged to make a donation to the NHBCC on behalf of each Twitter or Facebook post using the #TargetPink hashtag throughout the month.

“iCAD is committed to providing solutions for the early detection and innovative treatment of breast cancer and education is a key component. As a New Hampshire-based company, we are pleased to contribute to the important work that the NHBCC does on behalf of women with breast cancer,” said Ken Ferry, President and CEO of iCAD.

Founded in 1992, NHBCC is a statewide, all volunteer advocacy organization whose mission is to advocate for and provide assistance to New Hampshire patients with breast cancer.



Below is an article by NBCC President, Fran Visco:

The Way to Fight Breast Cancer Is With a

Vaccine — Not Another Pink Product

All the pink gadgets in the world will not end breast cancer. To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the satirical publication, The Onion, has highlighted the absurd way our society has chosen to fight breast cancer. As The Onion points out, seemingly inescapable product marketing campaigns have become synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Hailing it as a landmark moment in the fight against one of the nation’s leading causes of death, a coalition of top breast cancer researchers announced Monday the development of a highly promising new pink consumer item. ‘After years of rigorous trials and test marketing, our team can confirm that this breakthrough product is both neon-pink and available for purchase,’ said lead researcher Noah Weissman, who added that manufacturing facilities would quickly ramp up production of the revolutionary brightly colored consumer good to ‘get it in the hands of as many people as possible.’

It is estimated that 40,000 women and 430 men will die from the disease in 2014 — that’s in the United States alone. Globally, breast cancer will take the lives of 522,000 women.

Mortality has decreased somewhat over the years. In 1987, the year I was diagnosed, nearly 120 women in the U.S. died every day from breast cancer. Today, more than 25 years later, that number is 110. With all of the money and effort that is poured into research and awareness year after year, the continued loss of life is unacceptable. Clearly, we have become complacent in our awareness. The barrage of pink has helped get us to that point.

It is time for a different strategy. The annual explosion of “brightly colored consumer goods” is not cutting it. The National Breast Cancer Coalition set a deadline to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. We know that the only way we can truly end this disease is to make sure no one gets it in the first place.

One of the actions we are taking at NBCC to figure out how to prevent breast cancer, is our work with researchers and patient advocates on the Artemis Project for a preventive breast cancer vaccine. That’s right, a vaccine for breast cancer. Imagine a world where no one gets breast cancer. No one dies of breast cancer. A vaccine would do the one thing awareness cannot–save the lives of the women and men we love.

Help us save lives. We need women and men like you, who are disruptive innovators for social change, to take meaningful action. Learn more about the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Instead of buying a pink product, make a donation to support NBCC’s Artemis Project for a preventive breast cancer vaccine. Then get involved. Sign up for our National Action Network and receive Action Alerts with specific actions that you can take to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Stay connected by following NBCC on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for humanity. Do it.