MD/PhD student aspires to lessen severity of pancreatic cancer

Daniel Principe is working to make the words ‘pancreatic cancer’ less foreboding. “Pancreatic cancer has a dismal prognosis, with a median survival time of six to 12 months,” said Principe, a MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine who has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research service F30 award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to fund a research project on the disease. “This is largely attributed to the…

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June is National Cancer Survivor Month

Advancements in cancer research have helped nearly 17 million Americans survive cancer, and that number is expected to jump to 22 million by the year 2030. June has been proclaimed National Cancer Survivor Month, and the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s survivorship program provides patients with the resources they need to help them continue living a full life during and after cancer care.The UI Cancer Center’s Survivorship Clinic is housed within Mile Square…

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Cancer Survivorship Lifestyle Change Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Office of Health Promotion is providing funding to one public or private not-for-profit entity for the purpose of implementing process and system changes regarding the use of community health workers (CHWs) to identify and assist in the management of obesity in cancer survivors. The program is entitled “Cancer Survivorship Lifestyle Change Program.” CHWs are trained frontline health workers who serve as a bridge between communities and healthcare…

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Emerald 1: A Phase III, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter Study of Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE) in Combination with either Durvalumab Monotherapy or Durvalumab plus Bevacizumab Therapy in Patients with Locoregional Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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 a study, please email cancertrials@uic.edu or call 312-355-5112. Emerald 1: A Phase III, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter Study of Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE) in Combination with either Durvalumab Monotherapy or Durvalumab plus…

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New cancer educational program pairs scientists, survivors

Scientists are searching for any way to find a cure for cancer, and who better to help them than those who have battled the disease.University of Illinois College of Medicine MD/PhD students are teaming up with patient advocates to create an educational program that connects young investigators with cancer patients, survivors, research advocates, and allies to increase their scientific knowledge.“Our goal is to bring everyone to the table for discussions related to the…

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Navigators ensuring cancer patients aren’t alone during pandemic

University of Illinois Cancer Center patients are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are not alone.Since cancer doesn’t stop, neither do UI Cancer Center navigators. Either via computer or telephone, the navigation team is helping guide patients through the healthcare system so they can continue to receive the care and treatment they need. As part of the Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) office, patient navigators explore ways to assist community…

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After devastating loss, Henderson finds path to helping others

Hurricane Katrina took everything from Vida Henderson but her car, a pair of jeans, two tank tops and a pair of flip flops. But the catastrophic event that killed more than 1,000 people and caused $125 billion in damages in August 2005 gave her something when she thought all was lost: The understanding of how the environment and social circumstances impact physical and mental health, and how they interconnect with health disparities. Henderson,…

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Mile Square engages faith-based and local organizations to support food insecurity related to COVID-19

A box of food is just what the doctor ordered for patients at the UI Health Mile Square Health Center who may be suffering from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.Since many of the patients are isolated due to the pandemic, Mile Square’s South Shore clinic transformed the basement of nearby St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church (7262 S. Coles Ave., Chicago) into a food pantry to help feed the patients and their family members who…

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May is National Cancer Research Month

Billions of dollars – from the federal government, industry, and private donations, among other funding groups – are spent each year on cancer research. May is National Cancer Research Month, a time, according to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, to “highlight the vital role of study and experimentation in the quest for cancer cures.” In 2019, University of Illinois Cancer Center members garnered more than $32 million in cancer related funding from…

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Small device could have big impact in ovarian cancer research

The small, handheld device Alexandria Young is helping create may look unusual and rudimentary to some, but she believes it has the ability to save the lives of women suffering from high grade serous ovarian cancer, the most lethal form of gynecologic cancer.A MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Young is assisting researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in producing…

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