By supporting the OSUCCC – James, you are making positive changes in the fight against cancer. Your gift is being used to advance our knowledge of cancer through research, equipment, collaboration and innovation.
Your support allows us to give our patients better chances at survival—and better lives after treatment. Your generosity has helped in so many ways!
Philanthropic support like yours funds more than 340 cancer researchers from 11 of the 15 colleges at The Ohio State University conducting:
- Basic-Science Research – Provides the building blocks for medical discoveries
- Translational Research – Bench to bedside studies build on basic-science research to create therapies, medical procedures or diagnostics
- Clinical Research – Directly improves patients’ lives. Determines the safety and effectiveness of treatment regimens intended for human use
Research has shown that certain genetic traits are likely to be associated with about 10 percent of prostate cancers. Philanthropic dollars have helped us build a genetic counseling program from the ground up. Genetic counseling provides a cancer-risk assessment based on a patient’s unique family history and genetic background and helps patients navigate eligible pharmacological treatments that would not otherwise be an option for them.
You are helping us examine the ways in which breastfeeding decreases the risk for the most aggressive type of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer. Bhuvana Ramaswamy, MD, medical oncologist at the OSUCCC – James and her team are studying the connection between breastfeeding and reduced breast cancer risk, specifically against triple-negative breast cancers. Their hope is to decrease risk for this disease, which frequently occurs in young women and particularly affects young African-American women.
Philanthropy has supported the purchase of critically needed equipment that allows us to identify and separate different cell types from the same sample so we can study cells in isolation. With this technology, we can learn how each cell subset contributes to tumor cell survival, giving us more clues about the development of cancers such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Acquiring research equipment necessary to further our investigations into cancer, such as the mass spectrometer, enables our scientists to quickly measure and analyze protein differences between cancer cells and normal cells, helping the laboratory of David Carbone, MD, PhD, discover the next generation of lung cancer therapies.
Prone Therapy boards developed by Julia White, MD, breast cancer physician and radiation oncologist at the OSUCCC – James, enable women to lie forward to receive direct radiation treatment at the tumor site, instead of lying on their backs and potentially having radiation hit their heart or lungs.
Philanthropy has helped us collaborate with The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine to study new treatments for lymphoma in dogs. Previous research has shown that drugs that work in dog lymphoma almost always work for humans, as well. This partnership gives us incredible insights into developing the safest, most effective therapies for lymphoma patients.
Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, and his colleagues have established a collaboration with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to study overweight and malnourished cancer patients and determine how a personalized fitness, nutrition and weight-management program can enhance recovery and improve quality of life while reducing the risk of long-term cardiac and metabolic disorders.
Immunotherapy is the new frontier of cancer treatment and is a therapy that underscores that no cancer is routine. With your help, our team is researching and using this treatment to harness an individual’s immune system, expands it and then unleashes it against the cancer. Immunotherapy provides hope for patients who are out of options, but also in many cases it is a first-line therapy that is not only effective but less harsh than chemotherapy.
Your support helped us develop the Food Innovation Center: Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world. The center has developed food products from tomatoes, soy, berries, and other fruits and vegetables with enhanced anticancer activity for cancer prevention, with a goal for everyday foods to boost the efficacy of cancer therapy. Some food items include tomato-soy juice, black raspberry confections and soy-almond bread. The goal is to get these products into large-scale cancer prevention studies, and ultimately on grocery store shelves!
Your contributions have supported the building of a robust database to draw new connections between a person’s biomarkers and the onset of cancer. It has provided data-driven treatment options for patients with cancer that is similar to the cancer of other patients whose tissue has been preserved in our database. We are learning why some treatments work for certain patients but not for others.
On behalf of our doctors, researchers, nurses and mostly our patients, thank you for helping us create a cancer-free world, one person, one discovery at a time.
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