Treads and Threads

Treads & Threads is an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose. It helps provide more options – and more hope – to patients battling cancer. The lives of countless cancer patients throughout the region have been touched by this annual gala – and by the community support behind it.

In fact, since 2002, Treads & Threads sponsors, patrons and guests have contributed more than $11.5 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

2018 Proceeds To Support Precision Cancer Therapies

Proceeds from Treads & Threads 2018 will support precision cancer therapies – considered the future of medicine by the National Cancer Institute. The innovative, emerging approach involves taking individual genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors into account for each patient. This allows physicians to more precisely determine the best treatment or prevention option for each patient.

Past Treads & Threads Proceeds have:

  • Supported surgical oncology at the future Cambridge North Tower and added lung cancer nursing staff.
  • Enhanced access to genetic counseling, which is often crucial to determine the best clinical treatment options for patients.
  • Created new palliative care suites serving patients and their families with terminal or advanced-stage cancer.
  • Supported personalized care for cancer patients, including cell therapy, education, symptom management and survivorship programs.
  • Expanded the lung cancer program, adding low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients and a dedicated nurse navigator to assist with screenings and related care.
  • Educated thousands of cancer patients and families through the Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center and an inpatient resource center.
  • Saved lives through new technologies to detect breast and prostate cancer.
  • Renovated and enhanced patient waiting areas in radiation oncology.
  • Provided inpatient palliative care suites to provide special comfort and resources to patients in the last stages of life and their loved ones.
  • Established Missys’ Boutique, an accredited cancer appearance center offering wigs, breast prostheses and more.
  • Piloted outpatient palliative care services to help those with long-term illnesses enjoy the best possible quality of life.
  • Supported clinical trials to provide more access to the latest potential treatment options.

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