Baylor College of Medicine has been awarded a $132,050 grant from Susan G. Komen® Houston for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer in underserved patient populations. These funds have been donated by Houston KomUNITY, the name for the thousands of individuals who have given to Komen® Houston throughout the year through fundraising events and direct donations.

At Baylor, the grant from Komen® Houston will support Pink for Life, an initiative to facilitate breast cancer prevention and treatment in underserved and minority women. The program will involve genetic counseling and testing, bilingual navigation and clinical trial research services for those undergoing breast cancer treatment, survivorship care and patient support, particularly for metastatic breast cancer patients.

“Baylor College of Medicine has been a grantee of Komen ®Houston for many years, and it is always an honor to receive such incredible support from the organization,” said Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, a part of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor, and program director of the Pink for Life project. “This grant from Komen will allow us to provide access to crucial prevention and treatment services for underserved women in our community. This year, we are also able to incorporate a special support program designed for metastatic breast cancer patients, called EMBRACE, to enhance their well-being through case conferences.”

Combined, the Baylor clinics provide integrated breast health services, such as risk assessment, genetic counseling and testing, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship services. Patients also have access to support groups, navigation services and groundbreaking clinical studies.

Baylor’s Pink for Life project and Komen® Houston share a mission to provide quality breast care to the uninsured, at-risk population in order to reduce the number of breast cancer cases and breast cancer deaths.

“At Komen® Houston, we aim to reduce the number of people dying of breast cancer and meet the most critical needs in the communities we serve through our local funded partners and invest in breakthrough research to find the cures,” said Adriana M. Higgins, Ed.D, Executive Director of Komen® Houston.

About Baylor College of Medicine:
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health sciences center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked 20th among medical schools for research and 9th for primary care by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor is listed 20th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding and number one in Texas. Located in the Texas Medical Center, Baylor has affiliations with seven teaching hospitals and jointly owns and operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health. Currently, Baylor trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant and orthotics students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on Facebook and Twitter.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston:
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/susangkomen and Twitter @SusanGKomen.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers to support the individuals in need throughout the Houston area, Komen® Houston has granted over $50 million to local programs for breast cancer education and awareness campaigns, lifesaving screening and treatment programs, and innovative cutting edge research. Serving Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston continues its commitment to fundraising and grant making so that families battling breast cancer can get the treatment and support they need.   

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities or get information about Komen Houston, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.