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Join the research team.

BE A PART OF THE BREAST CANCER SOLUTION

Shouldn’t you have the right to know?
Learn more about the Bench with Bedside Initiative™

Over 40,000 women die annually

In the United States, more than 40,000 women lose their life to breast cancer each year, but that does not have to be the case.

Here’s what you should know

90% Five Year Survival Rate

The 5-year survival rate for early stage breast cancer is at an all time high at around 90%

22% Survival Rate if Cancer Returns

The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer that returns plummets to around 22%

90% of deaths due to breast cancer recurrence

More than 90% of deaths are due to breast cancer returning to a distant site in the body. When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body it is called metastatic breast cancer.

Up to 30% of women will develop a metastatic recurrence

Up to three out of every ten women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer will develop a recurrence.

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Detection of breast cancer has not resulted in the expected decrease in mortality, and current screening strategies are not detecting metastasis-prone lesions before they occur. The problem is modern science cannot definitively predict who will develop a recurrence and how to prevent it.

Help end breast cancer mortality due to recurrence

Participate in our blood drive
Become a long-term member of our translational research team

We need 500 breast cancer survivors to donate blood and join our team. Take the survey below to find out whether you are eligible for the blood drive.

If you’ve had breast cancer within the last 7 years, you are not currently on chemotherapy and have not had another kind of cancer, you may be eligible to donate blood!

There are no borders for this event. If you can be at the event on November 16, 2019, it doesn’t matter where you live. However, we are working out details to allow remote blood collection for our next blood drive.

When

November 16, 2019
9:00AM - 1:00PM

Where

Keck School of Medicine, USC
1450 Biggy St. Los Angeles, 90089

We are working on a Blood test to predict whether breast cancer will spread to other organs

Translational research
vs.
trans-relational research

Translational Research is the journey of bench to bedside. In other words, it is the process that starts with a discovery on the laboratory bench and ends with a novel clinical test or medical intervention for the patient at the bedside.

The use of biospecimens and associated data for research entails significant ethical obligations to the individuals from whom those specimens were obtained. Researchers owe it to themselves and to their benefactors to provide information as soon as it becomes available.

Trans-Relational research is the journey of bench with bedside. In a cumulative effort to augment patient/researcher relationship, increase the transparency of research, send a strong message of hope to patients and conduct a highly translational research project, I am launching The Bench with Bedside Initiative™. The process here represents a new research model whereby the researcher at the Bench interacts more closely with the patient at the Bedside.

The Bench with Bedside Initiative™
A patient-scientist collaboration

Are you curious about what happens with your blood sample after you donate? Do you want to know what the results of the research are?

In addition to cutting edge science, we believe that improving the relationship between the researcher and the patient is integral to the success of the study and ending breast cancer.

The Benefits of Getting involved:

If you are an eligible breast cancer survivor and agree to donate your blood sample, as part of The Bench With Bedside Initiative™ you will have the following opportunities:
  • Follow the study to the end and access the results of the study in real-time.
  • Tell us how you are doing and update us on your journey.
  • You will learn about the outcomes of the research including its successes and failures – an effort to enhance the transparency of biomedical research.
  • You will get to know the researchers and they will get to know you. We want to augment the patient/researcher relationship which we believe has tremendous benefits. We will share our stories and build a strong collaborative team.
  • Gain knowledge into your disease and be a part of the solution
  • HOPE! We want this experience to give you lots of hope!

We want you to donate your blood, but we also want to invite you into the research process. Let’s work together to solve an important problem in the field – predicting recurrence and how to prevent it.

Learn more about The Bench with Bedside Initiative™ or the research project by clicking the links below.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with this project and we need your help!

Donate Blood & Join the research team

If you have stage IV breast cancer or have completed therapy and have early stage breast cancer, take our eligibility survey and sign up to donate blood & join the research team

Spread The Word

We need your help getting the word out there! Share this website with your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else passionate about ending breast cancer

Financial Support

Breast cancer research costs money. Support this project financially to ensure we have the resources necessary to complete our study towards ending breast cancer

Our Affiliations

Department of Translational Genomics

The Department of Translational Genomics and Institute of Translational Genomics at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is focused on translating the molecular study of genes into individual treatment plans.

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is a leader in cancer research, with more than 200 members investigating the complex origins and progression of cancer, developing prevention strategies and searching for cures.
Keck School of Medicine
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California teaches and trains physicians, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals, conducts medical research, and treats patients.
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