Juneteenth Statement

The Society of Behavioral Medicine stated on its website that the organization strongly urges for an end to the use of excessive force by police and other law enforcement personnel. Excessive use of force by police and other law enforcement personnel is a pervasive public health crisis fueled by systemic racism that disproportionately impacts communities of color, with an undeniable bias towards Black Americans. The physical, behavioral, and psychological health effects of systemic racism,…

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Melissa Martinez Zepeda – In the News

Melissa Martinez Zepeda, a research specialist in the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Community Engagement and Health Equity Office, was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune on residents in Chicago’s Latino communities being concerned about the state lifting many stay-at-home restrictions due the coronavirus pandemic. State data indicates that Latinos have a higher infection rate than any other racial or ethnic group in Illinois, and both of Zepeda’s parents tested positive for the virus…

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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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Maker developing new strategies to treat colon cancer

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Ajay Maker has received the prestigious R37 MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award from the National Cancer Institute to develop new immunotherapies that can be used to treat colon cancer and colorectal liver metastases, the second leading cancer killer in the United States.The award is given to a select group of the highest-scoring R01-funded principal investigators to provide increased time and latitude in…

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Stewart leading clinical trial on peritoneal malignancies

Cancers of the ovary, colon, stomach, and appendix often spread throughout the abdomen and pelvis. The process, known as peritoneal carcinomatosis, is a rare, terminal disease with a median survival of six months. Since the majority of patients have limited therapeutic options and frequently succumb to bowel obstruction, subsequent malnutrition and death, innovative approaches to this disease are necessary. Throughout his career, John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, associate director of clinical research at…

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COVID-19

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter The University of Illinois at Chicago has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19), and a section of the institution’s website has been devoted to providing the most timely and relevant information. For the most up to date information on the coronavirus please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus UIC Coronavirus updates

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Nearly 148,000 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, and is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States.The month of March has been proclaimed National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is one of the…

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Paskett working to reduce cervical cancer in Appalachia

The story started with a picture. Electra Paskett looked at the sheet of paper that contained an image of the state of Ohio and saw a lot of red. The color didn’t represent a particular political party or that of her new employer, The Ohio State University. What it did symbolize was the prevalence of women who had cervical cancer living in Appalachia. Paskett, PhD, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research and…

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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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Kitajewski selected as interim Director of University of Illinois Cancer Center

We are pleased to announce that Jan Kitajewski, PhD has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center effective December 16, 2019, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Dr. Kitajewski’s experience as an academic leader, cancer researcher and esteemed member of the Cancer Center community makes him an outstanding individual to lead these efforts during this time of transition. Dr. Kitajewski is currently…

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