Wellness House programs flourish despite COVID-19 pandemic

Looking through a brochure at her doctor’s office, Araceli read with great interest the offerings Wellness House provides cancer patients such as herself: exercise and nutrition courses, stress management lessons, and support groups and counseling, among others. The medication she was taking to combat breast cancer often left her lethargic, unusual for someone who was so active and physically fit. The programs, she believed, could help her regain the vitality she was used…

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Treatment delays felt by 44% of breast cancer survivors at pandemic outset

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Nearly 44% of breast cancer survivors experienced treatment delays at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 732,000 people worldwide, according to new research conducted at the University of Illinois Cancer Center.“COVID-19 has had a profound impact on cancer care in the United States and around the world,” said Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky, PhD, University of Illinois Cancer Center…

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COVID-19 forced Zink out of lab, but cancer research didn’t stop

A pandemic has not stopped University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student Katherine Zink from trying to find a cure for ovarian cancer, or from simultaneously earning a doctorate degree in natural products chemistry. The recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Zink was forced to physically distance herself from the laboratory of her mentor, Laura Sanchez, for nearly three months…

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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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Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know

NCI providing information on COVID-19 for patients, researchers Nearly 775,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S, causing more than 41,00 0 deaths. A new disease, there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe illness from the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is known, however, is that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, such as…

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History of pandemic being documented by UIC library

The University of Illinois at Chicago faculty, students and staff can be a part of history as the university’s Special Collections and University Archives is compiling stories on how lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Personal stories, photos, artwork and other current materials will be included in a project titled Six Feet Apart: Stories from UIC During COVID-19. The digital exhibit will chronicle the pandemic and preserved in the University Library’s…

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UI Cancer Center members continue fighting COVID-19

Many members of the University of Illinois Cancer Center are helping battle COVID-19, whether it’s through donations of personal protective equipment or volunteering their time and talents through other means. The University of Illinois at Chicago and Vanda Pharmaceuticals are partnering to investigate small molecules that may have the potential to treat the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. University of Illinois Cancer Center member Bellur S. Prabhakar, MSc, PhD, professor of microbiology and Immunology and…

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UI Cancer Center members, UIC helping fight COVID-19

As of April 6, Illinois has a total of 11,256 known cases of the novel coronavirus, including 274 deaths. On March 26, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order to limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19 to residents of Illinois. Residents can still conduct essential business, like shop for groceries and medicine, or go to the hospital. Health care professionals have been at the forefront of the pandemic, and while some…

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