impactCancer Summer 2015


At the Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), we start with groundbreaking research and translate that to superb and compassionate patient care. Though our Comprehensive Cancer Center is 40 years old, it wasn’t until July 1990 that we opened The James – a hospital dedicated to helping cancer patients. It is on the 25th anniversary of the James that we reflect on the incredible research work we have done and, more importantly, the thousands of patients and families we have helped.

Everything we do—from preclinical laboratory research, to clinical trials involving patients, to population and prevention studies—is designed to improve the care that we offer to our patients and their families, thus enhancing their quality of life and renewing their hope for the future.

That’s why we spent nearly a decade carefully planning, designing and building our new 21-floor, 306-bed cancer hospital that opened last December as a transformational facility that places researchers and clinicians into closer working proximity than ever before so we can more quickly translate discoveries to improved treatments.

It’s also why each inpatient unit at the new James is dedicated to a particular type of cancer and contains teams of sub-specialists—including medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, genetic experts, pathologists and others—working together to develop and deliver effective targeted therapies tailored to each patient’s cancer. Dozens of these specialists have been recruited over the past several years as we continuously strive to bring the best and brightest minds in cancer care to Ohio State.

A story in this issue of impactCancer provides a closer look at our dedication to providing the best possible care for our patients and families throughout their cancer journey. Nothing is more important to our team.

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Where Patients Reign Supreme

Cancer Program’s Chief Aim is Quality Clinical Care

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Celebration for Life: Raising Money for Critical Cancer-Fighting Technologies

Celebration for Life, the signature event held annually at Easton Town Center’s Smith & Wollensky, passed the $15 million fundraising mark this past May 16, as the dinner drew a sell-out crowd in its 14th year.

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Honoring Dr. Schuller: 44 Years of Service

Adequately paying tribute to Schuller for his many accomplishments and for his tremendous impact on students, colleagues, staff and patients may seem like a Herculean task, but the OSUCCC – James community has launched four initiatives to do just that.

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Pelotonia’s Future: Extended Through Major Sponsors’ Commitment

The three major funding partners that have supported Pelotonia since 2010 have each committed to $500,000 annually for the next five years, ensuring that the grassroots bicycle tour will raise money for cancer research at Ohio State through 2020.

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From a Grateful Patient

K. Ashworth: Celebrating a Decade of Survivorship, on Her Own Terms

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National Doctor’s Day: Appreciation and Thanks Shared with Doctors

March 30 was National Doctor’s Day and many patients shared their appreciation to those who treated them along their cancer journey with notes of thanks.

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A Legacy of Generosity Lives on Through Boehm Foundation

By all accounts, Herman Boehm led an amazing storybook life. Today, his story continues through charitable giving, including a recent gift to The James.

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BEST Courier: Small Business Makes Huge Difference in Fight Against Cancer

Spend five minutes with Joe Eckart, president of BEST Courier, Inc., and it quickly becomes apparent that he wears his enormous heart on his sleeve.

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Salvino Family’s Gift and Employer’s Match

Vinay Puduvalli, MD, encountered his first patient with brain cancer soon after finishing medical school, while working in a hospital in his native India.

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Community Partners

The OSUCCC – James Community Partners Program consists of corporations, individuals and community groups who raise funds in support of our vision to create a cancer-free world.

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