impactCancer Fall 2017


We often note that Ohio State’s cancer program is placing an ever-bigger footprint around the globe as we continue to make an impact in research, compassionate care and community relationships.

Nowhere is our expanding footprint more evident than here in Ohio, where we have directed funds from Pelotonia—our annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises money for cancer research at Ohio State—to support three statewide initiatives that are promoting prevention, early detection and better outcomes in colorectal, endometrial (uterine) and lung cancer.

Through these carefully coordinated efforts, which involve the participation of some 50 hospitals around the state, we are translating our cancer expertise into elevated prevention, care and education in many Ohio communities as we continue our pursuit of a cancer-free world. Our cover story for this issue of impactCancer takes a closer look at our three statewide initiatives and what they entail.

Also in this issue you’ll find stories about: two surgeons at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) who are pioneering a novel form of lymph node transfer surgery for patients suffering from lymphedema; author Dan Brown sharing his experience with the OSUCCC – James during his mother’s treatment; Block Lectureship awardee Mary-Claire King, PhD, and the barriers she helped eliminate to making genetic testing more accessible; and several other topics.

Please take time to read through this issue. I think you’ll find it interesting, informative and inspiring.

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

22nd Annual Herbert and Maxine Block Lectureship Awarded to Geneticist Mary-Claire King, PhD

In the hands of world-renowned geneticist Mary-Claire King, PhD, science and medicine combine as a powerful force for bettering the human condition. To her, scientific inquiry is to be used as a tool for good.

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OSUCCC – James Physicians Pioneer Life-Changing Surgery for Lymphedema Patients

What is it like living with lymphedema, a condition that impacts quality of life for many cancer patients, even long after they’ve gone into remission?

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New Leadership to Take Drug Development Institute to the Next Level

The Drug Development Institute (DDI) at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) has a new leader.

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Pelotonia Funded Initiatives Take Aim

The OSUCCC – James is taking aim at cancer in the Buckeye state through three initiatives that promote early detection and better outcomes in colorectal, endometrial and lung cancers statewide.

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From Grateful Patients

On Doctors' Day, March 30, members of our social media audience were asked to send notes of thanks to the doctors who have made a difference in their lives or the lives of their loved ones.

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World-Renowned Author Credits Ohio State With Gift of Time

Dan Brown, the world-renowned author of best-selling books including "The Da Vinci Code" and "Inferno," spends his life trying to reconcile some of humankind’s greatest puzzles against a backdrop of some of our most mysterious symbols and institutions.

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New Mobile Education Kitchen Will Take OSUCCC – James Nutrition Expertise on the Road

As researchers begin to unlock the complex relationship between nutrition and cancer, the public increasingly turns to experts at the OSUCCC – James for guidance.

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James Patient’s Cancer Leads to Approval of Lifesaving Precision-Medicine Treatment

A Powell woman who was very sick in 2016 is cancer-free today thanks to lifesaving translational research and treatment by the Precision Cancer Medicine team at the OSUCCC – James.

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From a Grateful Patient

Steve Peters of Beavercreek, Ohio, takes nothing for granted — not the time he spends with his wife, Wendy, and their three adult sons, Stanley, Sean and Christian.

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Community Partners

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

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43 New Pelotonia Fellowships Awarded for Cancer Research at Ohio State

The Pelotonia Fellowship Review Committee recently awarded 43 fellowships to Ohio State students who want to conduct cancer research in the labs of faculty mentors.

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