New Smart PSA program working to lessen disparity gap in Chicago’s prostate cancer patients

Prostate cancer causes more than twice the number of deaths in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods compared to white, and late diagnosis of the disease is a predominant factor. A new study being conducted at UI Health Mile Square Health Centers will determine whether a prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening procedure can eventually reduce this disparity while increasing the detection of life-threatening but treatable prostate cancer. The University of Illinois Smart PSA protocol will provide…

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Susan G. Komen Chicago commits $787,500 in 2020 to decrease breast cancer mortality gap, increase access to care for communities in greatest need

The University of Illinois Cancer Center has been designated to lead the new Chicago Health Equity Initiative (CHEI), a cohort of Chicago-area medical leaders who support healthcare systems’ transformation.Funded by Susan G. Komen Chicago, the CHEI is comprised of three Federally Qualified Health Centers (Access Community Health Network, Erie Family Health Centers and Friend Family Health Center), six major health systems in Cook County (Cook County Health and Hospital System, University of Chicago…

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Susan G. Komen Chicago Commits $787,500 in 2020 to Decrease Breast Cancer Mortality Gap, Increase Access to Care for Communities of Greatest Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Susan G. Komen Chicago Commits $787,500 in 2020 to Decrease Breast Cancer Mortality Gap, Increase Access to Care for Communities of Greatest Need Chicago’s leading breast cancer organization makes groundbreaking investment in its mission through funding The Chicago Health Equity Initiative, Komen Chicago Treatment Assistance Program and Local Community Grant Programming CHICAGO (October 29, 2020): In recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen Chicago is proud to…

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Kim to co-lead new UIC center for public health data analytics

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Sage Kim, PhD, was selected to co-lead the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health’s new Population Health Analytics, Metrics and Evaluation, or PHAME, center.The PHAME Center at UIC will combine novel technology with academic expertise to provide a hub of advanced data visualization, evaluation, and analytics to community members, students, policymakers and researchers in Chicago and beyond. By combining these elements – community, scholars and…

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Ways to overcome the financial burden of cancer

Capping Medicare costs for cancer treatment regardless of where the care takes place could be a major factor in alleviating the financial toxicity that patients experience when fighting the disease, according to researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The high cost of cancer treatment and out-of-pocket expenses is forcing millions of individuals and their families to struggle financially, referred to as “financial toxicity,” said Carl Asche, MBA, MSc, PhD, research…

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Lung cancer screening models not all alike, new study finds

Racial disparities in lung cancer screening could be reduced by employing the risk predictor model PLCOm2012 instead of a more commonly used version that is more skewed toward Caucasians, according to new research conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States, and it disproportionally affects African American individuals with higher incidence, advanced…

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Young studying how poor families can eat healthy to lower risk of chronic disease

Sabrina Young has read all the research. Throughout her years of study in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s health policy and administration doctoral program, she has learned that a poor diet has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases such as cancer. What she hasn’t yet discovered, but is working diligently to learn, is how money from a federally funded government assistance program can help patients meet their nutritional needs to…

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Lack of insurance cause of survivorship gap in minorities with cancer, study shows

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Greg Calip led a new study that found lack of insurance coverage is a major cause of delayed breast cancer screening and treatment among minority women, which could lead to a decrease in a patient’s chance of survival. Dr. Susan Hong, director of survivorship at the UI Cancer Center, assisted Calip in the study, as did researchers at the Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. Read…

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Paskett featured speaker at Distinguished Lecture Series

Electra Paskett, a nationally recognized leader in the study of cancer health disparities, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building, Room 1020, 909 S. Wolcott Ave. A reception will follow. Paskett, PhD, will discuss “A Multi-Level Model to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities in Appalachia.…

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Doorenbos being invested as nursing collegiate professor

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN, will be invested as Nursing Collegiate Professor in the UIC College of Nursing during a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7. Doorenbos, who serves as co-leader of the UI Cancer Center’s Cancer and Control Program, is internationally recognized for her contributions to the science of palliative care and pain and symptom management. In addition to her position as professor of biobehavioral health science,…

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