MARCH 2017

Courtesy of Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman via AP

Biden: "We need your help"
Speaking at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas on March 12, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the Cancer Moonshot Initiative and the progress of the Genomic Data Commons at the University of Chicago. Biden called on the innovators in the audience to do their part to bring technological solutions to the cancer fight.




Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD

Breakthrough breast cancer project launched
Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer treatment by collecting and analyzing clinical and molecular data, has formed a collaboration with cancer experts at the University of Chicago Medicine to accelerate the pace of discovery to improve treatment for breast cancer patients. The collaboration will be led by UChicago's Olufunmilayo ("Funmi") Olopade, MD.



Prevention is possible 

About half of all cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle choices, screening, and vaccination. The Comprehensive Cancer Center recently provided a rundown on the latest cancer prevention strategies in Science Life



Don't take on an empty stomach
A recent study revealed that taking one-fourth the standard dose of a widely used drug for prostate cancer with a low-fat breakfast can be as effective – and four times less expensive – as taking the standard dose as recommended: on an empty stomach.


Talia Baker, MD, Director of UChicago Medicine’s Living Donor Liver Transplant Program, and Anjana Pillai, MD, Medical Director of the UChicago Medicine Liver Tumor Clinic

Personalized care for liver cancer
Primary liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, which have generally been increasing since 1980. UChicago recently launched a comprehensive Liver Tumor Clinic to bring together the multidisciplinary expertise needed to personalize the best treatment options for these patients and improve survival rates. 



A new hangout for teens
It has been described that life as a teenager can be hard. It can especially be challenging when coping with cancer. Oftentimes, teens have extended stays in the hospitals due to cancer treatment and don’t have a place to call their own that offers some freedom. The University of Chicago Medicine, with the support of Teen Cancer America, has created a beautiful new lounge for teens and their loved ones located on the second floor of the Comer Children’s.



The chemistry of cancer
There was a time when chemists, and other physical scientists, might not have felt very welcome in the cancer research community. Today, innovative approaches to cancer detection, prevention and treatment are front and center, and chemists are transforming the field through transdisciplinary science.



UCCRF Auxiliary Board members

Auxiliary Board event raises $170K
The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation (UCCRF)  Auxiliary Board hosted their annual gala at The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge in Evanston where they honored their four funded researchers, Mark Applebaum, MD, Nita Lee, MD, PhD, Megan McNerney, MD, PhD, and Blase Polite, MD. These docs were not the only stars of the evening. Laura Bretan, world renowned child opera singer from America’s Got Talent, dazzled the group with her performance.

Dancing with a star 
After six weeks of dance lessons, UChicago breast cancer expert and surgeon Nora Jaskowiak, MD, FACS, participated in Dancing with Chicago Celebrities, a benefit to fight breast cancer, as a contestant of the "Superstar Challenge," on behalf of the UCCRF Women’s Board. This is the second year that the UCCRF will be one of the four beneficiaries of this charity. The March 10 event raised over $300,000, and Dr. Jaskowiak was more than a star on the dance floor -- she alone raised more than $25,000. 


Upcoming Events
Associates Board
Fund the Fight Gala
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Columbia Yacht Club
Chicago, IL
Click here to purchase tickets 

Chicago Kicking Cancer
August 19, 2017
Winnemac Park, Chicago
10:30 AM
Round It Up for Lymphoma!

Through the end of March and for the sixth consecutive year Family Video is running their Round It Up for Lymphoma campaign. Proceeds benefit the Hoogland Lymphoma Biobank at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Customers can round up their purchase to make a donation or donations can be made here

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