At the annual LIFEcycle, Inc. board meeting on November 3rd, Women & Infants Hospital was awarded additional funding for a surgical clinical trial treating breast cancer that began last year with support from LIFEcycle. The clinical trial explores a surgical method called “shave margins” and whether or not it will help reduce the need for multiple lumpectomy surgeries in women battling breast cancer. Nearly 25% of women who choose a lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery) need a second lumpectomy after cancer returns along the edges of the original incision site.
The first $4,000 LIFEcycle grant enrolled 16 patients in the trial. With the second round of funding, 34 more patients can enroll at Women & Infants as a part of a national clinical trial looking to enroll 400 patients.
Funding for this trial at Women & Infants was made possible by the effort of LIFEcycle’s community of riders, donors, and volunteers who participated in Ride ‘Round Rhody 2017, powered by MojoTech. Every summer, these southeastern New Englanders come together for a scenic ride through Washington County at LIFEcycle’s annual bike-a-thon. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to choose a 15-, 40-, or 80-mile route and have fun, all while making a difference.
On average, one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In a small state like Rhode Island, this means that someone we know or love has been affected by breast cancer in some way, shape, or form. Women & Infants Hospital is one of a handful of hospitals across the country selected to participate in this trial, and LIFEcycle is proud to be able to support their efforts to make the lives of our loved ones that much more enjoyable.
When asked about the importance of continuing funding for these clinical trials, LIFEcycle co-founder Jacob Brier said “This is why we do it. A seemingly small grant like this actually has the potential to make a tremendous difference in women’s lives. If they’re able to reduce the number of additional surgeries needed, patients will be able recover faster, better, and get back on with their lives. Plus, it’s national; so it really fulfills our goal of treating locally and impacting globally.”
LIFEcycle’s mission is to promote healthy, active living and support local cancer treatment. Interested supporters can donate online at www.lifecycleinc.org or register for Ride ‘Round Rhody 2018 at https://rrr.greatfeats.com .