Together we are advancing science

Your commitment to HPV and anal cancer in 2015 resulted in the achievement of milestones that were impossible just 5 years ago.

The progress made in 2015 has built upon the strong foundation of the past four years by accelerating research for a cure, creating model resources for patients and providers, and advancing our message that together we can end 5% of the world’s cancer in our lifetime.

We want to take this opportunity to share with you what we (including you!) accomplished in 2015. Thank you for all of your support to save lives from cancer today and tomorrow!

connecting the community

HPVACF SUBPAGE BANNERS-7We continue to lead by providing resources to patients they can’t find elsewhere. The anal cancer community had an unprecedented year with the first of our online event series titled “Taking Care of You” for anal cancer thrivers with over 120 participants during the live broadcast. Anal cancer thrivers can view a recording of the event, which featured experts and thrivers discussing side effect management. With our educational forums, and more than 150 participants in our Peer to Peer Support Program, the anal cancer community has more resources available to them than ever before. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and Google+ page for upcoming events!

redefining treatment

redefining-txThe treatment for anal cancer has barely changed in 40 years. Immunotherapy is an emerging field of cancer treatment, in which the body’s immune system is harnessed to fight cancer cells. With the help of our donors, we supported groundbreaking anal cancer treatment research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. This immunotherapy clinical trial, led by Dr. Cathy Eng, is the first of its kind for metastatic anal cancer,and seeks to find new treatment options. The number of scientific studies funded by the Foundation seeking a cure continues to grow thanks to your help.

Prevention for all

px-for-allThe treatment for anal cancer has barely changed in 40 years. Immunotherapy is an emerging field of cancer treatment, in which the body’s immune system is harnessed to fight cancer cells. With the help of our donors, we supported groundbreaking anal cancer treatment research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. This immunotherapy clinical trial, led by Dr. Cathy Eng, is the first of its kind for metastatic anal cancer,and seeks to find new treatment options. The number of scientific studies funded by the Foundation seeking a cure continues to grow thanks to your help.

one treatment, many cures

About-HPVWe continued our multi-year initiative for novel HPV-related immunotherapy research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This initiative is looking for new treatments for advanced staged HPV-related anal, cervical and oropharyngeal cancers and is led by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad. This study is co-supported by Stand Up To Cancer and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.

leading the charge

leadingCollaboration is key to achieving our goals and furthering our mission. In April, we co-sponsored the European Men’s Health Forum Symposium “Key Issues in HPV Prevention and Early Diagnosis.” We organized a community panel for this year’s International Anal Neoplasia Society conference where clinicians heard from thrivers about their experiences. The Foundation has also held strategy meetings with local and national health agencies to improve vaccine uptake among all children. Finally, our Peer to Peer Support Program has been recognized as a leader in the field of cancer care: we recently presented on our innovative program evaluation and database management at the Volunteer Management in Cancer Care symposium.

racing to save lives

HPVACF SUBPAGE BANNERS-15A record number of participants joined our campaign to raise awareness that HPV causes 5% of all cancers using the medium of extreme endurance events this summer. On land, our cyclists triumphed in the Trois Etapes Giro and Trois Etapes Tour, while our rowing teams battled the Mediterranean, racing from Barcelona to Ibiza and back.Coverage for the campaign included Bloomberg, BBC News London, City AM and Yahoo Travel. For more information on NOMAN and to participate in the campaign, please visit NOMANcampaign.org.

Thank you for your generosity and support. We are saving lives together!