YAAS! hosts community-building event

The Young and A Survivor (YAAS!) Network hosted a discussion last week on how to create and sustain robust academic-community partnerships to expand healthcare capacity using a practice-based Virtual Knowledge Network. Attendees were able to connect with others who are working to bring high quality cancer survivorship resources to all communities. University of Illinois Cancer Center members Susan Hong, MD, MPH, director of survivorship, and V.K. Gadi, MD, PhD, associate director, Translational Oncology,…

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Cancer survivors, caregivers cheer Bears to victory

The Chicago Bears have played host to cancer survivors and their caregivers at Halas Hall, their Lake Forest-based training site, during October as part of the National Football League’s “Crucial Catch” promotion, but this year they were forced to the sidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That didn’t stop them from attending Sunday’s Bears game via Zoom, coming together to root on their favorite team to a 23-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers.…

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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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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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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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Communication key to successful cancer treatment

Communication between cancer specialists and primary care providers at federally qualified health centers is an important part of a successful treatment plan for breast cancer patients, according to new research at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. “Due to increasing shortages of cancer specialists and the growing number of cancer survivors, primary care providers, especially in low-resource areas, will have a greater role in cancer-related follow-up care,” said Tamara Hamlish, PhD, research scientist…

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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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Despite fighting metastatic cancer, Rose feeling blessed

  “Truly blessed.” That response may seem unusual from someone who is battling a rare form of cancer, but that’s how Verna Rose feels. “My family’s support has been unbelievable,” said Rose, who more than two years ago was diagnosed with appendiceal carcinoma, a type of cancer that is so rare that it affects only about 10 people per 1 million. “My daughter (Ry AnnElise) gave up her job to take care of…

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New grant to aid young breast cancer survivors

The University of Illinois Cancer Center has received a $1.8 million five-year federal grant to help young breast cancer survivors in Chicago navigate the remainder of their lives following diagnosis and treatment. The UI Cancer Center’s survivorship group is developing a new program entitled Young And A Survivor (YAAS!) that will unite survivors, co-survivors, patient advocates, clinicians, support service providers, researchers and local and national patient advocacy organizations to reduce disparities in survival…

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