CHER Chicago hosts annual town hall

The Fourth Annual CHER Chicago (Center for Health Equity Research Chicago) Town Hall meeting was held last week to provide community members with a forum to drive the organization’s research agenda. CHER Chicago’s mission is to make transformative contributions toward the elimination of structural violence through collaborative community partnerships, innovative research, and the development of researchers. Held at the Akarama Foundation in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, the event began with Robert Winn, MD, director…

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Newly activated UI Cancer Center Clinical Trials

The following study has recently been activated for patient enrollment by the University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Please click on the link to learn about the details regarding the study on clinicaltrials.gov. For more information or questions about the study, please email cancertrials@uic.edu or call 312-355-5112. A Phase III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475, NSC #776864) in Addition to Paclitaxel and Carboplatin for Measurable Stage III or IV…

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Upcoming broadcast

Men’s health awareness will be the topic on the upcoming “Dr. In The House with Dr. Terry Mason” segment on WVON 1690 AM on Sunday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Discussions will center around an innovative program that is being instituted with two local barbers to increase awareness of men’s health issues. The program airs the first Sunday of each month. Hosts are Robert Winn, MD, director of the UI…

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Cancer survivors team up with Chicago Bears at “Crucial Catch” event

The Chicago Bears hosted cancer survivors, caregivers, and UI Cancer Center staff at Halas Hall, their headquarters and training facility located in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Saturday. The “Crucial Catch: Tackling Cancer” event was spearheaded by ex-Bears linebacker Chris Draft and the Chris Draft Family Foundation. Health organizations throughout Chicago drafted teams of survivors and caregivers to visit the facility. Guests participated in football drills, caught passes from retired Bears players, and practiced…

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UI Cancer Center Patient Brigade members model for All of Us campaign

Cancer led Angela Walker to becoming a model.Waller, a breast cancer survivor, is one of three University of Illinois Patient Brigade members who were photographed for a new All of Us advertising campaign that can been seen throughout select Chicago Transit Authority train platforms and rail cards on select cars. Walker was one of nearly 20 people photographed over a two-day period.The All of Us Research Program was launched by the National Institutes…

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Newly activated UI Cancer Center Clinical Trials

The following study has recently been activated for patient enrollment by the University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Please click on the link to learn about the details regarding the study on clinicaltrials.gov. For more information or questions about the study, please email cancertrials@uic.edu or call 312-355-5112. CODEX/BC-819-18-204: A Phase 2 Study of BC-819 in Patients With Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Whose Disease is Unresponsive to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03719300?term=bc-819&rank=2

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Upcoming Events

Robert Winn, MD, director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center, is serving as chair of the planning committee of the National Cancer Policy Forum’s upcoming workshop titled “Applying Big Data to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Oncology.” The event will be held Oct. 28-29 at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.The workshop will examine the social determinants of health in the context of cancer,…

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There’s still time to receive a flu shot

Eligible State of Illinois employees and retirees have another opportunity to receive a free flu shot on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Student Center East’s Cardinal Room (329), 750 Halsted Street. The UIC College of Pharmacy and the University Payroll and Benefits have partnered with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide the seasonal shots. For additional questions, contact University Payroll and Benefits at 312-996-7200…

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Das Gupta symposium discussing improving cancer care for all patients

The Third Annual Dr. Tapas Das Gupta Cancer Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Student Center West’s Thompson Room, second floor, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Immuno-oncology: Opportunities to Improve Cancer Care for All Patients.” All students, researchers and healthcare providers in cancer-related fields are welcome. This year’s presenters are: Monica Bertagnolli, MD, FACP, FASCO, will discuss…

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Doorenbos co-leading new NIH grant studying opioid use among kidney disease patients

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of biobehavioral science and co-leader of the UI Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control program, and Michael Fischer, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine, are serving as co-principal investigators on a new National Institutes of Health grant to investigate non-opioid pain management strategies for people with kidney disease, which affects about 15% of adults in the U.S. With the funding, the University…

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