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Dr. Shannon MacLaughlan has always been a standout in the field of medicine, but this year topped herself during a fellowship at the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island by winning a 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium Merit Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. the award recognizes researchers’ contributions to progress against breast cancer, and as the highest leading cause of cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States, the fight needs all the help it can get. Prior to her time at Women and Infants Hospital, MacLaughlan had a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in new York City. Originally from Florida, MacLaughlan graduated from Stetson University, where she received a degree in biology, before attending the University of Florida College of Medicine. After graduating she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Greenville Hospital Systems in South Carolina. According to Women and Infants Hospital, while in college and medical school MacLaughlan earned several awards in both service and philanthropic fundraising. Her awards included the Biology Senior Honors Award and the Florida College Student of the Year awards as an undergraduate. she was also chief resident in her last year of residency. MacLaughlan also researched such areas as adenocarcinoma arising out of endometriosis and characterization of normal and abnormal endometrium, and presented and published information about her studies. MacLaughan, who is also affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, won the 2011 Merit award for her research project entitled “Comparison of hypnotherapy versus gabapentin in the treatment of hot flashes: A pilot study.” Chair of the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium Steering Committee Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS, said of the 25 winners that “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. the bright minds receiving the awards this year are making great contributions to the lives of patients living with breast cancer.” MacLaughlan’s project focused on improving the quality of life for women suffering from breast cancer. when pre-menopausal women are treated for breast cancer, the remedies often trigger menopause and its symptoms, like hot flashes. According to MacLaughlan’s research, in fact, hot flashes are reportedly more severe for breast cancer patients than for healthy women. “Hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen in the body, so the most effective way to treat them is by replacing the hormone. however, women with breast cancer very often have estrogen-sensitive tumors that may come back if they take hormone-replacement therapy. as a result, they must endure the hot flashes, which significantly impact their quality of life,” said MacLaughlan. the study, which took place in 2008 out of Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, examined the effectiveness of hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, versus medication as relief from hot flashes, and was the first study to compare complementary therapy with medication for this purpose. According to the study’s abstract, MacLaughlan concluded that her project “provides evidence supporting the use of hypnotherapy for the treatment of hot flashes and emphasizes the need to perform further studies aimed at defining evidence-based recommendations for CAM,” (Complementary and alternative medicine therapies). Breast Cancer Symposium Merit Award-winners presented their research at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium, which took place on Sept. 8-10 in San Francisco, CA.