Kay Yow Cancer Fund awards $1 million research grant to UNC Lineberger

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has awarded a $1 million women’s cancer research grant to UNC Lineberger to evaluate the impact of physical activity among breast cancer survivors.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund awards $1 million research grant to UNC Lineberger click to enlarge L-R: Hyman Muss, MD; Shelley Earp, III, MD; Coach Sylvia Hatchell; UNC Linberberger Board of Visitors member and breast cancer survivor Laura Jensen; Kay Yow Cancer Fund's Susan Donohoe; V Foundation's Susan Braun

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund $1 million research grant was awarded to UNC Lineberger to conduct a Phase II, four-year controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a physical activity intervention program on biomarkers of aging and body composition among breast cancer survivors, age 65 and older, who are receiving adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The research project will be conducted as a national, multi-site collaboration with the Cancer and Aging Research Group, UNC Hospitals, affiliated community clinics and the Alliance for Clinical Trials and Oncology.

“It is essential to preserve and optimize physical function among women, 65 and older, as they undergo chemotherapy in order for them to continue to live independently in their communities and enjoy the highest possible quality of life,” said Susan Donohoe, executive director, Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Read the full UNC Lineberger release here.