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The Hope Bus and Pennies in Action would like to invite you to our 1st FREE Breast Cancer Telebridge!

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200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year
1 every 2 minutes 38 seconds
548 every day
4,000 every week
16,667 every month

Uschi Keszler: Olympic Figure Skating Coach, Founder of Pennies in Action, 2 x Cancer Survivor

Shelley Dodt: Director of Pennies in Action Florida Chapter, Breast Cancer Survivor, Trial Patient

Please join us for our first Breast Cancer Telebridge!

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Uschi Keszler and Shelley Dodt will share with you their path of declaring victory over breast cancer and the newest Information about Immune Therapy, a non-invasive treatment for breast cancer.

About Immune Therapy:

BRIAN CZERNIECKI, MD, PHD, University of Pennsylvania, is identifying the best way to attack breast cancer in its earliest stages. In the process, he helps make the case that Penn Surgery is the best place
in the Philadelphia region for cancer care.

Czerniecki's exciting breakthrough is a vaccine that generates strong and sustained immune responses in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early, noninvasive form of breast cancer. It functions by injection into lymph nodes, presenting dendritic cells as quickly as possible to the patient's T cells and spurring a strong immune response.

Penn's vaccine production facility, a rare in-house resource, builds a vaccine from the patient's own white blood cells that are "fed" small pieces of the HER-2/neu protein. For many DCIS patients, this protein is the causal link to breast cancer. The injected vaccine then causes their bodies to begin fighting back much earlier than they otherwise would.

The latest success stories:

Shelley Dodt: The vaccine works by taking your own white cells and making a vaccine specific to your own body and injecting it into your body once a week for six weeks. At the end, they do a mammogram, MRI and some other tests and then you have surgery. I tolerated everything without any side effects. I did have to travel to Philadelphia for the shots, but I came to love the city and the University of Pennsylvania campus is beautiful.

In the end my pathology came back completely clean. No sign of cancer anywhere and four lymph nodes checked were completely clean. Everyone associated with the trial was very professional and kind.

Czerniecki requested a special exemption from the Institutional Review Boards and the FDA. A few weeks later, a friend was feeding Mrs. Gekoski antacids as they took blood from one arm and put it back in the other for the leukapheresis necessary to make her vaccine. After four weekly treatments and bouts with flulike symptoms, the protocol was completed. An MRI and surgery confirmed the cancer was - and still is - gone.

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