Women & Infants Hospital fellow earns ASCO's Conquer Cancer Foundation award

A fellow in the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island was one of 25 nationwide to earn a 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium Merit Award from The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

The award, which recognizes researchers' contributions to progress against breast cancer, was given to Shannon MacLaughlan, MD, who is also affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her winning research study is entitled "Comparison of hypnotherapy versus gabapentin in the treatment of hot flashes: A pilot study."

"It is because of scientific research, like that of this year's merit awards winners, that death rates for patients with breast cancer have steadily declined over the past 20 years," said Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS, chair of the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium Steering Committee. "The bright minds receiving the awards this year are making great contributions to the lives of patients living with breast cancer."

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