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GROWING A CURE

 

Five Ohio- and Indiana-based farm cooperatives have joined together to support food-based cancer research at the OSUCCC – James and at Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The five organizations of growers have formed Cooperatives for the Cure, an endowment fund at the OSUCCC – James, in collaboration with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The cooperatives kicked off the endowment with a check for more than $103,000 presented to the OSUCCC – James in September during the 2012 Farm Science Review, Ohio State's annual showcase of advances in agriculture.

At Ohio State, faculty members, graduate students and researchers in cancer biology work with researchers in plant genetics, horticulture, crop science, food technology and marketing to develop food products that are optimized for clinical trials of cancer prevention or an adjunct to therapy.

For example, the researchers are using scientific breeding methods to develop crop strains that are high in natural anticancer compounds, such as specific carotenoids in tomatoes, followed by the application of modern food technology to preserve the anticancer activity in novel and tasty foods.

At the OSUCCC – James, many patients and members of the community have opportunities to participate in several Crops to the Clinic™ clinical research studies of novel food products and nutritional strategies to prevent cancer or enhance cancer therapy as well as survivorship.

"We believe that this collective effort will produce discoveries that bring novel food products and nutritional strategies into the mainstream of the war on cancer and reduce one's risk of specific cancers or perhaps improve the safety and efficacy of therapy," says Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, director of the OSUCCC – James Prostate and Genitourinary Oncology Clinic and leader of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program. "Our ultimate goal for this collaboration is to contribute to a world free of cancer."

For more information on Growing the Cure, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, go to http://growingthecure.org/. One hundred percent of funds raised go toward food-based cancer-prevention research.

EVENTS CALENDAR

STATE-OF-THE-ART ENDOSCOPIC SKULL BASE
SURGERY: A HANDS-ON COURSE

Oct. 25-28, 2012 GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER
Focus: This course for neurosurgeons, head-and-neck surgeons and other skull-base surgeons covers current indications, limitations and surgical techniques for endoscopic endonasal surgery of the skull base, pituitary fossa, orbit and craniocervical junction, and for the supraorbital keyhole craniotomy approach.

OHIO STATE'S 2012 SCARLET AND GRAY RECEPTION
DURING THE 54TH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY (ASH) ANNUAL MEETING

Saturday, Dec. 8
While attending the 2012 ASH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, please join your Ohio State colleagues at our reception on Saturday at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center (the official headquarters hotel for the 2012 ASH Annual Meeting), International Ballroom, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Please RSVP at go.osu.edu/ASHReception2012. For questions,
contact Katie Jones at Katie.Jones@osumc.edu or 614-366-5183.


SURGERY IN THE NEW JAMES

The fourth floor of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute will house surgery and interventional radiology.

 

The floors advanced design includes operating rooms, an interventional radiology suite and perioperative support space all on one floor. The floor includes a family-reception and waiting area, a 40-bed preoperative care unit and a 28-bed postanesthesia care unit (PACU). The heart of the floor occupies its northwest quadrant – a suite of 14 operating rooms (OR), including several designed for specialized uses:

• Two are equipped for robotic surgery using the daVinci® surgical system;

• Two are equipped to deliver radiation treatment intraoperatively (intraoperative radiation therapy), one of which can handle high-dose radiation;

• Two are equipped with intraoperative real time magnetic resonance imaging guidance, which can be updated mid-procedure without leaving the OR suite;

• Eight are general purpose cancer ORs;

• All ORs will have the ability to capture video from multiple cameras for live viewing as a procedure progresses or for later teaching or research needs;

• All ORs have LED-based state-of-the-art surgical lights, with integrated flat panel displays;

• Medical gases, power, video and network connections are delivered through ceiling-mounted booms that serve both the anesthesia and surgery locations, leaving the area around the OR table uncluttered with hoses, wires and ancillary equipment.

Also on the fourth floor, the interventional radiology suite has three rooms of digital imaging for minimally invasive cancer interventions. Plans are under way to use adjacent shell space to complement those with CT- and ultrasound-based "body" interventions.


NEW LAW REQUIRES LICENSING OF GENETIC COUNSELORS IN OHIO

In June 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a bill initiated by the OSUCCC – James and sponsored by Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) that requires the licensing of genetic counselors in the state of Ohio.

The bill ensures that genetic counseling is provided by qualified individuals. Formerly, Ohio had no state regulations that prevented unqualified individuals from providing genetic counseling and calling themselves genetic counselors.

Harm caused by unregulated genetic counseling in the state has included inappropriate use of genetic testing; incorrect assessment of a patient's disease risk; and erroneous interpretation of genetic tests resulting in unnecessary medical treatment, failure to provide potentially life-saving prevention strategies or treatment, and irreversible decisions regarding childbearing and pregnancy.

The new law requires that genetic counselors in Ohio have a minimum of a master's degree, are board certified and obtain continuing education to remain current with the rapid advances in the field. Licensure will increase access to genetic counseling services by opening paths to credentialing and improved reimbursement.


OSUCCC – JAMES ADOPTS RELATIONSHIP-BASED CARE MODEL

JAMIE EZEKIELEAN, RN, OCN, the RBC implementation leader

It's easy to talk about providing a caring, patient-centered environment, but it takes a sincere commitment by staff and leadership for a major cancer hospital to make it happen.

A few years ago, the nursing staff at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute began a grassroots effort to systemically establish an exemplary patientcentered care environment at the hospital. Their efforts culminated in May 2012 when the cancer program adopted a Professional Practice Model that incorporates Relationship-Based Care (RBC), a theory of care that James oncology nurses felt defined the standards they work to provide and the teamwork they promote.

RBC places the patient and family at the center of patient care, while stressing that to have a truly caring and healing environment also requires caring for oneself and nurturing collaborative relationships with coworkers. The James model also stresses healthy, positive relationships with the community.

"RBC represents our beliefs as a community of nurses regarding the care of oncology patients," says Jamie Ezekielian, RN, OCN, the RBC implementation leader. "Our rollout of RBC continues and we are grateful for the support of the cancer program, which fully embraces RBC and supports our effort to live it every day."


 
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Andrew  commented on  Tuesday, October 15, 2013  2:19 PM 
It is pretty amazing that people are very creative with the resources around us. Since now we don't really have any effective anti-cancer drugs, we can have great preventive food. It is great to make the public aware of their own health and be active about it. Through media and activities, I think we can gradually teach the public how to prevent cancer effectively.

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