Each year, the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer funds a specific need identified by faculty, staff and patients at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) through the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Fund a Need Program.The program provides the OSUCCC – James with innovative technology and spaces that allow our oncologists, researchers and nurses to provide the best possible care to cancer patients.#1: Mass Spectrometer (2014 Fund a Need)To develop new drug therapies, researchers must learn what happens to an experimental drug once it enters the body. This field of study is called “pharmacokinetics” – determining how drugs are absorbed and distributed in the body and also how they are eliminated.To study this, researchers use laboratory techniques called “liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry,” or LC-MS, to help them understand how drugs developed at Ohio State work in various studies and in patients enrolled on clinical trials.The purchase of the new LC-MS system helps OSUCCC – James investigators achieve a better understanding of disease progression and drug resistance so they can develop more effective cancer therapies.#2: Ion Torrent Sequencer (2013 Fund a Need)DNA sequencing technologies have been available for years, but because of the high cost for the large pieces of equipment, most labs have not been able to purchase them. However, Life Technologies’ Ion Torrent Sequencer provides DNA sequencing technology for a fraction of the cost and in an instrument the size of a desktop computer.With this sequencer, the OSUCCC – James is improving treatments for cancer patients and potentially improving their clinical outcomes. And while most sequencing machines take approximately a week to process DNA samples, the Ion Torrent Sequencer can produce results in just a few hours, allowing physicians and researchers at the OSUCCC – James to move rapidly with more effective treatment decisions.#3: Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation Suite (2012 Fund a Need)The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation Suite at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center provides physical therapy intervention for complications resulting from cancer and its treatments. The result is improved survivorship at any stage of the cancer journey.In this suite, the team helps survivors manage: Lymphedema (management and early detection interventions) Impaired mobility (deconditioning, weakness, loss of flexibility and balance) Post-operative return to function Chemotherapy-related side effects (peripheral neuropathy and joint pain) Cancer-related fatigue Physical well-being during any phase of cancer survivorship #4: Flow Cytometer (2011 Fund a Need)This sophisticated instrument enables medical scientists to rapidly measure physical and chemical properties of cells and particles. Flow cytometers, which contain electrical, digital and optical components, allow for accurate analysis of DNA, cell cycle, cell function and cell death. This analysis helps scientists understand the basic properties of cancer in its many forms – insight that translates to innovative treatment at the OSUCCC – James.Planning for the 2015 Fund a Need is in progress, but you can support innovative cancer treatment and research by making a donation to the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Fund a Need today.You can also support the OSUCCC – James by learning more about the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer or purchasing cabins on board the 2015 cruise!