2021 UofSC breast cancer faculty experts list

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise in breast cancer stories. To coordinate an interview, contact the staff members listed below.

Disparities in breast cancer screening, treatment

Swann Arp Adams’s research focuses on understanding and intervening upon cancer health disparities experienced by African Americans. She is available to discuss her recent research on Medicaid coverage expansion and the implications for gaps in cancer care. Adams is an associate professor in the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Nursing and is co-director of the Cancer Survivorship Center.
News contact: Jan Johnson, jnjohnso@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1842.

Tisha Felder conducts research that focuses on preventing and treating breast cancer among African American and low-income women. In research funded by a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, she is designing a program to improve breast cancer survivors’ experience with endocrine therapy. With another grant, Felder has developed a mobile website app (Mocha Mamas Milk) with a colleague aimed to improve breastfeeding among African American women. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing aggressive breast cancers in women, yet African American women are less likely to breastfeed. She can discuss health disparities, access to cancer care and cancer survivorship, breast health and African American health
News contact: Jan Johnson, jnjohnso@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1842.

Breast cancer rehabilitation

Women diagnosed with breast cancer often report problems with upper body range of motion, strength and function. These problems may be caused by the cancer itself or treatments related to breast cancer such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Shana Harrington, a physical therapy researcher in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Exercise Science, conducts research to help prevent or minimize these problems and to create treatment protocols that may improve function and quality of life.
News contact: Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu, 843-302-1681.

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