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Month: April 2014

Program Spotlight: Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership Receives $8 Million Grant to Start Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy

A center designed to train underrepresented students to work in cancer research, as well as conduct translational cancer research focused on personalized cancer treatment, has received $8 million in funds to start-up a Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy (CPCT) at the University of Massachusetts in Boston (UMass Boston).

UMass Boston and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) have a U54 Partnership grant with NCI/CRCHD to develop life sciences and CPCT on the UMass Boston campus. Plans for CPCT have been in the works for the past seven years. The $8 million grant toward the project was provided by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with implementing the Commonwealth’s 10-year, $1-billion investment initiative in the local life sciences industry.

Program Spotlight: National Outreach Network’s Community Health Educators Provide Much-Needed Support to Cancer Survivors from Racially/Ethnically Diverse Communities

Better treatments and better access to care during the past 10 years have led to renewed optimism and hope, as well as a longer and better quality of life for many cancer survivors from disparity populations.

There are an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. That number is expected to rise to 18 million by the year 2022. About 68% of today’s cancer survivors were diagnosed with cancer five or more years ago. Nevertheless, the journey after initial cancer treatment is often an arduous one filled with constant worry about recurring disease, difficult decisions regarding follow-up care and emotional support, and financial burden.

Special Spotlight: Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Receives Prestigious Jane Cooke Wright Award from American Association for Cancer Research

Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., a former CRCHD CURE trainee, and current, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at Harvard University, in Boston, Massachusetts, received the prestigious Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship Award at the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego April 6th.

The award, which comes with a $5,000 honorarium, is presented each year by AACR and its Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) group to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to cancer research and furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research. Garraway was the ninth recipient of the award, which was established in 2006.

Special Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

CRCHD joins the rest of the nation in honoring AAPI Heritage Month in May. AAPIs have the highest incidence of both liver and stomach cancers, and are twice as likely as whites to die from these cancers. May is also designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month. While less common in African Americans (AA), melanoma/skin cancer is often detected at advanced stages in AA when it is harder to treat. And finally, the last day of May is recognized as World No Tobacco Day. American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest rate of smoking in the U.S.

In view of this, CRCHD would like to recognize the contributions of NIH/NCI-supported investigators and community health educators by highlighting their research, prevention, training, and education efforts directed at addressing cancer health disparities.

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