Projects We’re Funding
The UC Irvine Ovarian Cancer Center for Excellence in partnership with the Queen of Hearts Foundation is our 2012-2016 strategic project:
As the UCI and Queen of Hearts Foundation partnership and fundraising flourishes, the goal is to implement: patient care through Ann’s Clinic for education and awareness through symposiums and fellowships, and research opportunities through the Queen of Hearts Research Laboratory that opened in July 2010 at UC Irvine’s Sprague Hall.
Ann’s Clinic at UCI Medical Center opened in July 2012. It is dedicated exclusively to the screening and care of women at high risk for developing ovarian and other gynecological malignancies, and to optimizing women’s chances for surviving the disease. Women with a family history of ovarian and other cancers may have a heightened risk of developing ovarian cancer. At Ann’s clinic, the only program of its kind in Orange County, we address the special needs of women with ovarian cancer, provide community support and promote clinical research. Our genetic counselor assesses individual risk to help physician specialist develop a personalized care plan. Dr. Michael Krychman is the director of Ann’s Clinic.
Ann’s Clinic is open one day a week. The clinic has permanent signage and information to ensure that visitors to the suite are made aware of the clinic even on the days it is not open. Materials and information is in the works to support the Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence within the overall cancer campaign and the Queen of Hearts Foundation.
Below is a list of what the Queen of Hearts Foundation is funding within Ann’s Clinic:
- Part time Geneticist
- Development and maintenance of a High Risk Registry
- Robotics – assisted risk-reducing for surgery
- Community Outreach and Education
- Patient Care and Survivorship Materials
Specific needs for Ann’s Clinic:
- Care bags for newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients – $5,000
- Annual grant to support research on new therapies for ovarian cancer – $15,000
- Community Outreach and education programs to advance public awareness – $10,000
- Creation of a virtual support group survivor network – $5,000
- Ipads for patient interaction and research on their own while waiting – $5,000
Our 1st Research Award Winners Dr. Eskander and Dr. Liu. (with PARO robot)
We Are Making a Difference
Listed below are some facts regarding ovarian cancer that inspire us to fund raise for the Ovarian Cancer Clinic at UC Irvine:
- Among women in the United States, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer, and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths.
- Currently, there is no reliable method of early detection for ovarian cancer.
- Ovarian cancer has a 46% five-year survival rate and receives $8.8 million in research from the Department of Defense (FY08); breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of 89% and receives $122.8 million (FY08).
- Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% of patients survive longer than 5 years.
- If detected and treated early, the five year survival rate increases to greater than 92%.
From what you have read, you will agree that we need continued research funding and educational awareness in order to find an early detection screening test.
PRIOR TO 2012
For two years, the Queen of Hearts Foundation donated all proceeds to a 2 year collaborative research project with Northwestern University in Chicago and Illinois, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The research consisted of the study of a family of lysophospholipids, which are believed to be helpful in early detection of Ovarian Cancer and for clinical use. The cost of this study was $400,000 and Queen of Hearts Foundation supported the project with $200,000.
In 2003, we committed to support and partner with the UC Irvine Medical Center/ Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. UC Irvine is one of 39 comprehensive cancer centers in the USA. Our total donations to date have been $410,000: a project managed by Dr. Robert Burger on an early detection study of ovarian cancer; a long-term study developed by Dr. Wendy Brewster, and most recently, we celebrated the grand opening of the Queen of Hearts Ovarian Cancer Research Laboratory in Sprague Hall on UC Irvine’s campus. We collaborate with many efforts, symposiums and speaking engagements with the gynecologic oncologists at UC Irvine. They support us in every effort. We are excited about this opportunity to give back to our community.
In July of 2010, our accumulated fundraising efforts allowed us to open the Queen of Hearts Ovarian Cancer Research Laboratory in the Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine. We know our fundraising and educational efforts regarding ovarian cancer are benefiting and WILL benefit the lives of many women.