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CU Cancer Center Part of New Program That Supports Working Patients

A new program launched by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, in partnership with the Center for Health, Work, and Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), aims to provide comprehensive support to cancer patients as they balance work responsibilities and treatment.


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Research    Patient Care    Sarcoma

CU Cancer Center Offers Latest Advances in Sarcoma Treatment

Multidisciplinary care, access to clinical trials, and genetic and molecular testing all are hallmarks of sarcoma treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, which averages nearly 300 new sarcoma patients each year.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 10, 2024
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Skin Cancer    Melanoma    Medical Oncology

A ‘World-Class Leader’ in Melanoma Oncology Plans to Help Build a Pinnacle Program in the Rockies

Sapna Patel, MD, a widely renowned melanoma oncologist and clinical investigator, has joined the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the CU Department of Medicine, with a goal of helping to build a “pinnacle of skin cancer treatment” in the Rocky Mountains.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date July 08, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Data analysis

CU Cancer Center Informatics Leader Part of $5.2 Million NIH Grant for Cancer Genomics Research Tool 

Sean Davis, MD, PhD, associate director of informatics and data science at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is part of a team that recently received a $5.2 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue funding cancer genomics research. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 02, 2024
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Community    Cancer   

Helping Patient Navigation Programs Become Sustainable

As program director for the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Andrea (Andi) Dwyer has long advocated for patient navigators — specially trained health workers who offer individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers negatively affected by health disparities to facilitate timely access to quality health and psychosocial care — as part of cancer treatment in medically underserved populations. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 01, 2024
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Cancer    Health equity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    LGBTQ    Disparities

‘An Obligation to Make Things Better’: Coping With Cancer Disparities Among LGBTQ+ Communities

Cancer impacts people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities differently from other people – and there’s still a long way to go to understand those differences. 


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 26, 2024
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Sarcoma    Surgical Oncology    Orthopedics

A Musculoskeletal Oncologist Who's an ‘Avenger’ for Patients Joins the CU Cancer Center

The University of Colorado Cancer Center has recruited Steven Thorpe, MD, FACS, a renowned orthopedic surgical oncologist and a sarcoma and limb-salvage specialist, to join the Department of Orthopedics at the CU School of Medicine as the new chief of the musculoskeletal oncology program.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 24, 2024
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Alumni    Pediatric Cancer    Blood Cancer    Leukemia   

‘An Amazing Young Person’: A Teen’s Determination in Facing Leukemia Inspires a Bike Team in Children’s Hospital Colorado Fundraiser

A teenager’s leukemia struggle – and his mature attitude through his arduous treatment – impressed his University of Colorado Cancer Center medical team and spurred his mother to launch a foundation to raise money for cancer research. And now that struggle is providing inspiration for a cycling team as it prepares for the 2024 Courage Classic Bicycle Tour fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Colorado.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 21, 2024
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Blood Cancer    Leukemia

Family Support and CU Cancer Center Treatment Helped Codie Mendez Survive Her Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

It was time to move closer to family.

It was spring of 2020, and Codie Mendez was still grieving the loss of her brother, a California State Patrol officer who had been killed in the line of duty several months earlier. Adding to that the stress and the uncertainty of the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic, Codie and her husband, Mark, decided to move their family from Florida to Colorado to be closer to Mark’s parents. 

Things were supposed to be easier, more comfortable. 

But that wasn’t how it turned out.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 18, 2024
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Research    Lung Cancer    Radiation    Medical Oncology    Targeted Therapies

Weeding the Garden: Fresh Evidence that Local Radiation Can Help Targeted Therapies in the Fight Against Lung Cancer

It’s been a dozen years since D. Ross Camidge, MD, PhD, of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and his colleagues first published on the use of tightly-focused radiation to attack isolated active cancer sites in lung cancer patients who otherwise were responding well to targeted therapies. In the years since, that breakthrough has transformed cancer care.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 12, 2024
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Gynecologic Cancer    Endometrial Cancer    Clinical Trials

A Clinical Trial at the CU Cancer Center Kept Charlotte Butler’s Uterine Cancer at Bay

According to her race medals, Charlotte Butler has walked all over the place. On trails in Spain, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands, not to mention the Rocky Mountains and other spots in the U.S.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Press Releases    Community    Research Pharmacy    Community Health

CU Cancer Center Welcomes New Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Research

Jeanette Waxmonsky, PhD, associate clinical professor in the Colorado School of Public Health and associate clinical professor of family medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named assistant director for community-engaged research for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the CU Cancer Center


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 07, 2024
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Esophageal Cancer

How Endoscopic Therapy Cured Vic Padilla’s Precancerous Barrett’s Esophagus

Living with an external feeding tube and another tube in his neck to help him breathe?


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 03, 2024
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Lung Cancer    Liver Cancer    Pancreatic Cancer    Esophageal Cancer    Stomach Cancer

For Many Cancers, 5-Year Survival Rates at CU Cancer Center Exceed National Rates

A key yardstick used to evaluate success in cancer treatment shows that for many cancers, a higher percentage of people diagnosed at the University of Colorado Cancer Center have survived five years or more beyond their diagnoses than for the nation as a whole.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 02, 2024
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Community    Lung Cancer    Tobacco

CU Cancer Center Member Talks Cancer and Tobacco for World No Tobacco Day

The World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day on May 31 is an annual educational effort to inform people on the dangers of using tobacco — including lung cancer and other cancers.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 31, 2024
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Genetics    Microbiology    Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Decoding Structure and Function of Oncogenic Proteins and Targeting Them for Cancer Therapy is a Passion for Rui Zhao, PhD

When Rui Zhao, PhD, was in high school in China in the 1980s, she read an article that predicted the 21st century would be “the century of biology.”


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 29, 2024
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Research    Pancreatic Cancer    Immunotherapy    Surgery

Unleashing Immune-Cell Soldiers: Yuwen Zhu, PhD, Journeyed from China to Colorado in His Quest to Fight Cancer

Yuwen Zhu, PhD, grew up in a rural village in China. His mother couldn’t read. “I really didn’t know about college – even what the word meant,” he says.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 26, 2024
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Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Cancer Center Leader Contributes to American Association for Cancer Research’s New Report on Health Equity

Jamie L. Studts, PhD, co-leader of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, has devoted much of his research career to studying inequities in lung cancer risk factors, screening, treatment, and survivorship.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 22, 2024
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Research    Melanoma    Dermatology    Immunology & Microbiology

‘Trust In Yourself’: Mayumi Fujita, MD, PhD, Has Overcome Challenges in Her Cancer Research Career

Mayumi Fujita, MD, PhD, says she is not someone who has had a straightforward path for her career or her life.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 20, 2024
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Patient Care    Prostate Cancer    Clinical Trials

Experimental Treatment at CU Cancer Center Put a Stop to Miguel Rueda’s Prostate Cancer

As senior associate athletic director for health and performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, Miguel Rueda is used to overseeing the wellness of student-athletes in sports ranging from football and basketball to golf, skiing, and lacrosse. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Patient Care    Lung Cancer    Oncology

‘A Way of Embodying Hope’: 5-Year Lung Cancer Survivors Celebrate

Two years after her lung cancer diagnosis in 2019, Dan Wu first came to D. Ross Camidge, MD, PhD, at the University of Colorado Cancer Center for a second opinion.

 “Dr. Camidge saved my life,” Wu said.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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Research    Magazine    Clinical Trials

Director's Message: Offering Everyone Access to Clinical Trials

In all medical research, but particularly in cancer research, clinical trials save lives. They test the great new discoveries that can combat cancer, and the only way we're going to get better at preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer is to put our best drugs and techniques forward and test them.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date May 10, 2024
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Research    Lung Cancer

How the Immune System Affects Drug Response in Lung Cancer Patients

Why do some lung cancer patients respond better to the types of drugs known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors? It may have to do with those patients’ own immune systems.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 10, 2024
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Research    Diversity    Magazine    Clinical Trials    COE

Cancer Clinical Trials Save Lives, and Diversity Matters

In the realm of cancer research, clinical trials can lead to more effective drugs, better treatments, and ways to prevent and detect cancer. They are a key step in the journey from scientific discoveries to helping current and future patients. Clinical trials are a major factor behind a 33% drop in the U.S. cancer death rate and an estimated 3.8 million cancer deaths avoided over the last four decades.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 09, 2024
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Community    Magazine    Global Health

Meet Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, the CU Cancer Center’s New Associate Director for Global Oncology.

For Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, MD, PhD, treating cancer globally starts with treating cancer locally.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Community    Breast Cancer    Ovarian Cancer

What Women of Eastern European Jewish Ancestry Should Know About Their Cancer Risk

All women need to pay attention to their risk factors for breast cancer and ovarian cancer, but women of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry should be especially vigilant, says University of Colorado Cancer Center member Marie Wood, MD, as their risk for having a genetic variant in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes is increased, predisposing them to developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 06, 2024
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Hematology    Psychology    Technology    Grant

Tech Can Improve Cancer Supportive Care, But It Takes Training to Use It Effectively

Digital health technology – including smartphone apps and wearable devices – can help extend the reach of cancer clinicians and improve the quality of supportive care for cancer patients. But using those tools effectively takes specialized training, and not all tech is good tech.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 05, 2024
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Skin Cancer    Magazine

What to Know About Sunlight and Skin Cancer

As spring days get longer and summer approaches, people begin to spend more time outdoors — especially in Colorado, with its 300 days of sunshine per year. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 01, 2024
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Research    Esophageal Cancer    Pediatrics    Bioengineering

‘A Simple Idea That Could Make a Substantial Impact’: Can a String Replace Endoscopies for Esophageal Cancer, Other Disorders?

It looks pretty simple: A capsule the size of a jelly bean, attached to a string. And yet, it shows promise as an answer to a vexing question in the fight against esophageal cancer and other diseases of the upper digestive tract: How to spare patients from repeated endoscopies and biopsies.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 26, 2024
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Research    Awards    lymphoma

Rosemary Rochford, PhD, Receives Henle Award for Decades of Research on Epstein-Barr Virus-Related Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Rosemary Rochford, PhD, has spent the past 34 years researching the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) a virus that causes several types of cancer, including Burkitt lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, gastric carcinoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 25, 2024
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Leadership

Christopher Lieu, MD, Named Vice Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

University of Colorado Cancer Center Associate Director of Clinical Research, Christopher Lieu, MD, is bringing his wealth of expertise and dedication to a new role as the Vice Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


Author Megan Palffy | Publish Date April 22, 2024
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Palliative care    Music Therapy

Patients, Caregivers, and Medical Professionals Enjoy a ‘Wealth of Spectacular Music’ at Chords for Cancer Concert

Music can soothe, sustain, and inspire. There's evidence that it can even heal, as well as provide support through the rigors of therapy.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 18, 2024
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Research    Clinical Trials

CU Cancer Center Helps Lead National Trial to Evaluate Multicancer Blood Tests

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is one of eight cancer centers nationwide that will evaluate the feasibility of blood tests that can screen for several types of cancer.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 18, 2024
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Research    Philanthropy    Magazine

‘Cancer Affects Everybody’: Longtime CU Cancer Center Benefactors Support Rising Stars

Gary and Kathy Kortz, partners in marriage for nearly three decades, have also been partners in giving generously of their time and philanthropy for many years to support the University of Colorado Cancer Center and cancer research in general.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 17, 2024
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Research    Lung Cancer    Medical Oncology

A Combination of Targeted Therapies Proves Effective Against Mutation-Driven Lung Cancer

Combining targeted therapies known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) can be an effective way to treat a mutation-driven form of lung cancer in cases where tumors develop resistance to treatment and where cancer has spread to other parts of the body, a University of Colorado Cancer Center member reports.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 16, 2024
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Research    Breast Cancer

Turning Off the Breast Cancer Switch: Federal Grant Powers Study of Therapy Resistance

With support from a $3.3 million federal grant, a pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center members will investigate how a molecule they’ve been studying for a decade is able to promote resistance to therapies for a major type of breast cancer – and how to switch off the molecule’s harmful interference.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Research    Bladder Cancer    Clinical Trials

CU Cancer Center Member Delivers Promising Updates on Bladder Cancer Treatment

Treatment guidelines for bladder cancer have changed significantly in recent years, due to the introduction of effective new drug combinations to treat the disease.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 08, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Lung Cancer

6 Years After Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Patient Says CU Cancer Center Research is ‘Why I’m Here’

Birthdays. Anniversaries. Holidays. For each of us, each year brings special dates to celebrate.

For Emily Daniels, each year is all the more special. It’s another year of life that she once thought she might not get to live. Another year spent with her loving husband, Brian, and two young children.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 05, 2024
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Clinical Research    Obesity    Pediatrics   

A Study Will Explore How a Brain Tumor Can Trigger Severe Child Obesity

A pilot grant funded in part by the University of Colorado Cancer Center will support a study that will look at factors contributing to extreme obesity in children with a type of benign brain tumor.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 04, 2024
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Patient Care    Esophageal Cancer    Clinical Trials

Mark Koebrich's Journey: From Television to Triumph Over Esophageal Cancer

Mark Koebrich's heartburn, a lifelong companion through nearly four decades in television, took a turn for the worse after retirement, prompting him to seek medical advice. His general practitioner referred him to UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, where he met Sachin Wani, MD, the Endowed Chair of the Katy O. and Paul M. Esophageal and Gastric Center of Excellence. Koebrich was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus with low-grade dysplasia, a precancerous condition, and was enrolled in the SURVENT trial, a groundbreaking study offering cutting-edge treatment options.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date April 03, 2024
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Patient Care    Blood Cancer    Leukemia

Football Coordinator With Leukemia Finds Winning Team at CU Cancer Center

Matt Lubick had finished marathons before, but none was so personally meaningful as the 26-mile distance he covered in one day while being treated for leukemia at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Lubick walked dozens of laps around the facility, wheeling his IV pole up and down the corridors as day slowly turned to night outside the tall glass windows.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 02, 2024
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Community    Diversity    Cancer   

Addressing Cancer Disparities Among Minorities is a Mission for the CU Cancer Center

Cancer rates are not the same for everyone – and the fact that they differ by race and ethnicity, among many other categories of people, leads to the realization that health inequity is a factor in those disparities.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Skin Cancer    Melanoma    rare disease

What Is the Rare Melanoma That Killed Bob Marley?

Some of the most dramatic scenes in the new Bob Marley biopic, “Bob Marley: One Love” have to do with the reggae legend’s battle with a rare cancer called acral lentiginous melanoma. Unlike melanomas that are caused by sun exposure, acral lentiginous melanomas form on non-hair-bearing surfaces of the body, including the palms of the hand, the soles and heels of the feet, and the nailbeds of the fingers and toes. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Research    Breast Cancer    Drug Development    Medical Oncology

Two-Drug Combo Shows Promise as Treatment for Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

Research led by University of Colorado Cancer Center members points to a combination of drugs as a potential treatment option for a type of aggressive breast cancer.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date March 27, 2024
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Community    Colorectal Cancer    cancer screening

CU Cancer Center to Distribute FIT Tests for Colorectal Cancer at Community Events

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is distributing free colorectal cancer screening kits that can be used at home, targeting uninsured people across Colorado with lower rates of screening for a cancer that is the No. 2 cause of cancer deaths.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date March 21, 2024
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Community    Breast Cancer

Why Olivia Munn’s Breast Cancer Reveal Calls For Risk Assessment

Bringing new attention to breast cancer in younger women and the importance of risk assessment, actress Olivia Munn, 43, announced Wednesday that she had been diagnosed with the disease last year. Munn said she has undergone four surgeries in the past 10 months, including a double mastectomy.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Esophageal Cancer    Multidisciplinary Clinic   

Medical Director Named for CU Cancer Center’s Benign Esophageal/Gastric Clinic

The University of Colorado Cancer Center’s new Benign Esophageal and Gastric Multidisciplinary Clinic has its first medical director.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date March 13, 2024
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Patient Care    Colorectal Cancer    Clinical Trials

Local Chef Experiences Significant Tumor Shrinkage with Immunotherapy Clinical Trial

Gabriel Charpentier began experiencing symptoms of stomach discomfort and fatigue at 34. Despite negative tests, he advocated for a colon cancer scan, leading to his diagnosis and participation in an immunotherapy clinical trial. His oncologist, University of Colorado Cancer Center member, Alexis Leal, MD, highlights the importance of clinical trials and the remarkable response Gabriel had to immunotherapy.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Research    lymphoma

CU Cancer Center Members Spotlight New Treatments for Relapsed Lymphomas

A prestigious invitation to chair an educational program session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in December 2023 offered University of Colorado Cancer Center member Manali Kamdar, MD, an opportunity to update the profession about two increasingly common treatments for relapsed lymphomas.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 11, 2024
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Research    Magazine   

Cameroon Native Emily Baiyee Toegel, MD, Brings International Perspective to Her Gastrointestinal Cancer Work

A childhood in Cameroon and medical school in Germany helped form the worldly approach to cancer care and research taken by University of Colorado Cancer Center member Emily Baiyee Toegel, MD. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 28, 2024
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Research    Esophageal Cancer

Endoscopic Surgery Device Wins Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Grant

A project to improve the effectiveness of endoscopic surgery, led by University of Colorado Cancer Center member Steven Edmundowicz, MD, is one of nine research endeavors to be awarded major funding from the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI).


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Research    Magazine   

CU Cancer Center Psychologist Tests Bright White Light Therapy as a Remedy for Cancer-Related Fatigue

There are many remedies for cancer-related fatigue — including exercise, massage, and acupuncture — but patients in Colorado have easy access to one of the most effective: natural sunlight.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 21, 2024
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer    Medical Oncology

CU Cancer Center Leaders Using a Molecule as a Weapon Against Cancer

After eight years of work by a pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center leaders on a new way to attack various cancers, the next stage in their quest to bring their therapy to patients is one of nine research endeavors receiving funding from the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI).


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Research   

Shared Resources Pilot Grant Opens New Frontiers in 3D Cell and Tissue Printing

University of Colorado Cancer Center leader Daniel LaBarbera, PhD, has received an innovation pilot grant from the cancer center’s Shared Resources program to develop complex 3D tissue and organoid models for high-throughput drug discovery and high-content imaging.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 14, 2024
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Colorectal Cancer    Ovarian Cancer

HIPEC Procedure Pumps Chemotherapy Into the Abdomen to Kill Cancer Cells

Cancers located in the abdomen — including colorectal cancer, appendix cancer, gastric cancer, and gynecologic cancers such as certain types of ovarian cancer — can be difficult to treat with traditional chemotherapy when the tumors spread beyond the organ in which they originated.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 08, 2024
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Research    Cancer    Clinical Trials

‘We’re All In This Together’: CU Cancer Center Leaders Share Insights With Colorado Legislators

A dozen Colorado state senators and representatives gathered on February 6 for a briefing by leaders of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, who gave the lawmakers an overview of the threat posed by cancer, the center’s successes, and the importance of clinical trials in cancer treatment.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Community    Awareness    Cancer    Stomach Cancer

Toby Keith’s Death Following Stomach Cancer Fight Brings Attention to a Less Common Cancer

Country music star Toby Keith died February 5, 2024 at age 62, according to an announcement on his official website, following his battle with stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer. The following blog post on his cancer was published June 14, 2022, shortly after he publicly disclosed his diagnosis.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Research    Breast Cancer    Clinical Trials   

Clinical Trial Aids Patient With Recurrent Metastatic Breast Cancer

Margaret Taylor thought she had reached the end of her breast cancer journey.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 05, 2024
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Research    Funding    Awards    Cell and Gene Therapy

Project to Rev Up Cancer-Fighting Cells Wins Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Grant

A project to develop a way to boost the effectiveness of cellular cancer therapies, led by the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Associate Director of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination, Eduardo Davila, PhD, is one of nine research endeavors by CU School of Medicine faculty members to be awarded major funding from the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date February 02, 2024
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Cancer    Magazine    Multidisciplinary Clinic    Medical Oncology

You Just Got a Cancer Diagnosis. Should You Get a Second Opinion?

A cancer diagnosis is a serious matter – which is why a patient who gets one should seriously consider getting a second opinion.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date February 01, 2024
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Research    Breast Cancer    Medical Oncology

Tablets Show Promise as an Alternative to Chemotherapy in CU Cancer Center Member’s Breast Cancer Study

The focus of a University of Colorado Cancer Center member’s research career has been a quest for new, better therapies for patients with breast cancer. That quest by Elena Shagisultanova, MD, PhD, has resulted in a clinical trial pointing the way to an oral treatment that’s more tolerable than intensive chemotherapy for patients with a type of metastatic breast cancer that accounts for about 20% of cases among women under age 45.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date January 29, 2024
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Research    Skin Cancer   

CU Cancer Center Member’s Skin Cancer Study Wins Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Grant 

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Maryam Asgari, MD, MPH, is one of nine CU School of Medicine faculty members to be awarded an Anschutz Acceleration Initiative grant. The winning projects, announced in January, were chosen for their promise to deliver life-changing advancements in medicine within the next three to five years. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 26, 2024
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Community    appendix cancer

Actor’s Death Sheds Light on Appendix Cancer 

The news that actor Adan Canto — known for his roles in "Designated Survivor" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" — died earlier this month at age 42, after a battle with appendix cancer, is raising awareness of the relatively rare disease.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 25, 2024
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Colorectal Cancer    Cancer    cancer screening

U.S. Expected to Break Annual Record for New Cancer Cases; Colorectal Cancer Risk Looms for Under-50 Americans

The American Cancer Society (ACS) says it expects more than 2 million new U.S. cancer cases this year, the highest one-year total ever, with rising rates for six of the 10 most common cancers. In Colorado, 29,430 new cancers are projected in 2024.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date January 17, 2024
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Research    Community    Pediatric surgery    Cervical Cancer   

CU Doctor Works to Increase HPV Vaccine Uptake to Prevent Cervical Cancer 

A vaccine that prevents all cancer may still be decades away from becoming a reality, but for cervical cancer and several other types of cancer, a vaccine already exists that drastically reduces the risk of getting the disease. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 17, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Colorectal Cancer

CU Cancer Center Leader Part of Team Overseeing Multimillion Dollar Colorectal Cancer Initiative  

On a mission to put an end to colorectal cancer, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (CCA) recently launched Project Cure CRC, an initiative aimed at funding tens of millions of dollars in expedited, novel colorectal cancer research over the next two years. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 12, 2024
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Research    Pancreatic Cancer

V Foundation Grant Enables Research On Radiation Resistance in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment 

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Sana Karam, MD, PhD, has received a translational research grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, co-founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano, to study a new therapeutic that may help pancreatic cancer patients overcome resistance to radiation therapy. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 09, 2024
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Research    Thyroid Cancer

The Role of Fibronectin in BRAF-mutant Thyroid Cancer Treatment 

New research overseen by University of Colorado Cancer Center member Rebecca Schweppe, PhD, could lead to improved treatment for people with thyroid cancer characterized by a mutation in the BRAF gene — a mutation also responsible for some types of melanoma, colorectal cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and ovarian cancer.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 08, 2024
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Community   

The Latest News About CAR T-Cell Therapy 

As word of the effectiveness of chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR T-cell therapy, for blood cancer continues to spread, excitement is growing about the new treatment and the possibilities it offers for patients with blood cancers and other types of cancer. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 03, 2024
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Research    Community    Lung Cancer   

How Unusual is ‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Kate Micucci’s Lung Cancer? 

Actress and musician Kate Micucci, best known for her role as Lucy on CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” recently underwent surgery for lung cancer.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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CU Cancer Center Top Stories of 2023

With more than 125 stories sharing the work of our cancer community, it’s been another remarkable year full of noteworthy research, community projects, and inspiring patient success stories for the University of Colorado Cancer Center. 


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Research    Cancer    Clinical Trials   

What to Know About Supportive Care Trials

Not all clinical trials are aimed at finding new cures. There are also supportive care trials, with the goal of improving a patient’s quality of life.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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Skin Cancer    Melanoma   

Drawing on Data and Imagery in the Fight Against Melanoma

A recent study of a type of immune blood cells associated with resistance to certain treatments for melanoma is one sign of the growing role of data science in solving some of medicine’s most puzzling riddles, says Hatim Sabaawy, MD, PhD, associate director of translational research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date December 11, 2023
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Patient Care    Brain and Spinal Cancer    Oncology    Radiation

Brain Cancer Patient Recruits the CU Cancer Center for the Fight of His Life

Alex Cooper relishes a challenge. Armed with a New Yorker’s moxie, an entrepreneur’s savvy, and an athlete’s determination, he has launched startups, has competed in Ironman triathlons, and offers motivational messages in blogs, videos, and social media posts as the “Iron CEO.”


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Research    Pancreatic Cancer    Surgical Oncology

CU Study Finds Advantage in Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Even in Resectable Pancreatic Cancer Tumors

Chemotherapy is a useful treatment to try to get systemic control in pancreatic cancer. Currently, however, chemotherapy is mostly administered in patients whose tumors are more difficult to remove surgically because of where they are in the anatomy.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Research   

CU Cancer Center Member Oversees New NCCN Guidelines for Cancer-Related Fatigue 

Yoga, massage, and bright white light therapy are among the effective ways to manage cancer-related fatigue, according to new patient guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 29, 2023
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Research    Gynecologic Cancer    Magazine    Ovarian Cancer

Innovations in Ovarian Cancer Research

Ovarian cancer is a growing area of research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. A newly formed Ovarian Cancer Innovations Group, envisioned by Saketh Guntupalli, MD, and led by Kian Behbakht, MD, MBA, is taking a multipronged approach to studying the disease.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Pancreatic Cancer    Cancer    Surgical Oncology    Whipple procedure

CU Cancer Center Was the Right Destination for a Lifelong Outdoorsman with Pancreatic Cysts

It’s been just over four years since Jim Page entrusted his fate to a University of Colorado Cancer Center surgical oncologist after being diagnosed with precancerous cysts in his pancreas. Four years since he underwent the surgery that he credits with saving his life.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date November 22, 2023
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Research    Ovarian Cancer

CU Cancer Center Researchers Land Major Grant to Investigate Ovarian Cancer Disparities

A pair of University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers have received a major grant to fund the next five years of their long-running research into a genetic risk factor for ovarian cancer that varies greatly across different ethnic communities – research that they hope will lead to better-targeted therapies.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date November 20, 2023
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Research    Community    Magazine

Part of the Plan

With an eye on outcomes that range from better patient care and improved early detection to equity in research and increased use of new technologies like big data, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently rolled out a National Cancer Plan.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Skin Cancer    Dermatology    skin damage

Have Fun in the Snow, But Remember: You’ve Got Skin in the Game

Colorado is a winter playground, whether your passion is skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or just throwing snowballs. But the bright sun that helps make winter sports in the Rockies so delightful also poses a threat to your skin.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date November 16, 2023
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Lung Cancer    smoking

Your Phone Could Help You Hang Up on Smoking

Can your phone help you quit smoking? That's the goal of a project backed by the University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date November 15, 2023
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Research    Community    Breast Cancer    Magazine

To Trust or Not to Trust Your Breast Cancer Risk Calculation

Why are some women skeptical when given their personalized risk for developing breast cancer? The inquiring mind of Laura Scherer, PhD, wants to know.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 14, 2023
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Awareness    Stomach Cancer

A Quick Guide to Your Questions on Stomach Cancer

This November, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month allows us the opportunity to learn more about gastric oncology and dispel anxieties around the disease. While stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, accounts for a little over 1% of all new cancer cases per year, outcomes can be improved with prevention and earlier detection.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date November 13, 2023
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Research    Community    Lung Cancer

CU Cancer Center Involved in Effort to Build Research Group of Lung Cancer Survivors

Jamie L. Studts, PhD, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is part of a research team that recently received a $250,000 award to build a coalition of lung cancer survivors and caregivers. Studts and colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and GO2 for Lung Cancer will work with the coalition to develop research priorities focused on improving health outcomes.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Patient Care    Breast Cancer

Suzi Brinkman Experienced Breast Cancer Before, During, and After Childbirth

Suzi Brinkman grew up with three older brothers, and her husband is the oldest of three siblings, so it was important to them for their 2-year-old son, Wallace, to have a brother or sister.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Lung Cancer    cancer screening    smoking

Millions More with Smoking History are Recommended for Lung-Cancer Screening in New Guidance

The American Cancer Society (ACS) this week called for millions more people who formerly smoked to be screened for lung cancer than it previously recommended. But while a University of Colorado Cancer Center member calls the news “exciting,” she said the overarching challenge is to get more people already eligible to be screened.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Lung Cancer    Magazine    Clinical Trials

After Lung Cancer Clinical Trial, Betty and Bill Moren Give Back as Patient Advocates for Thoracic Oncology Research Group

A clinical trial for lung cancer at the University of Colorado Cancer Center saved Betty Moren’s life. Now Betty and her husband, Bill, are giving back, sharing their cancer journey and clinical trial experiences as patient advocates at the cancer center’s Thoracic Oncology Research Initiative (TORI), which brings together investigators from multiple departments and centers across the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to advance lung cancer research. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 02, 2023
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Colorectal Cancer   

What ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Erik Jensen’s Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Means 

Erik Jensen, the 53-year-old actor who played Steven Edwards in season five of the AMC drama “The Walking Dead,” announced this week that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer that has spread to his liver. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 27, 2023
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Research    COVID-19    Esophageal Cancer   

Exploring the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Effect on Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Screening 

The COVID-19 pandemic had dramatic effects on all types of cancer screenings, from mammograms to colonoscopies. In the early days of the health crisis in spring 2020, screening numbers dropped dramatically as health care providers shifted their attention to caring for the seriously ill and fears of contracting the virus kept the general public away from hospitals, clinics, and other facilities.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 25, 2023
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Community    Breast Cancer

What Breast Cancer Patients Can Learn From Suzanne Somers’s 23-Year Battle

Actress Suzanne Somers, best known for her iconic role as Chrissy Snow on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom “Three’s Company,” died October 15 after a 23-year struggle with breast cancer. Somers was 76.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 18, 2023
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Research    Pediatric Cancer

Addressing Early Death in Childhood Cancer 

Despite a significant number of advances in treatment for childhood cancers over the past few decades, around 7.5% of all children with cancer still die within one month of their diagnosis. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 16, 2023
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Research    DNA    Awards

Karolin Luger, PhD, Honored By World Laureates Association

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Karolin Luger, PhD, a distinguished professor of biochemistry at CU Boulder, has been awarded the 2023 World Laureates Association (WLA) Prize in Life Science or Medicine.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 13, 2023
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Research    Breast Cancer    Clinical Trials

Why Are Clinical Trials So Important in Breast Cancer Treatment? 

Clinical trials are a vital part of the development of treatment in all cancers, including breast cancer, where clinical trials over the years have resulted in new drugs that prolong life and prevent cancer from spreading. Clinical trials are studies of new medications or treatments in humans before they are approved for widespread use.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 10, 2023
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Research    Philanthropy    Breast Cancer    Magazine    Surgical Oncology

Breast Cancer Experience Leads to Donation for Lymph Node Research

At age 47, Wendy Johnson finally started jumping horses. 

Though she had long been interested in the activity — watching her daughters take part in it on the competition field and at the family’s home in Conifer, Colorado — the thought of actually being the one on the back of the graceful beast, guiding it through midair and over a series of obstacles, had always scared her.  

A struggle with breast cancer, however, changed her perspective completely.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 05, 2023
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Patient Care    Prostate Cancer    Clinical Trials    Urology

Nanoknife Procedure Preserved Prostate Cancer Patient’s Quality of Life 

James Bird gets emotional talking about it. How he qualified for a clinical trial that, in his view, preserved his manhood after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2022. 

 “The day I went in to see if I qualified, there were 10 other guys out there in the lobby who didn’t get into the trial,” he says. “I felt so sorry for them. One of the technicians who was involved with the trial told me he was getting calls from all over, from guys begging to get in. That’s how important this is.”


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 29, 2023
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer

New Study Aims to Better Treat Head and Neck Cancer in Dogs and Humans

A study is underway at Flint Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins that has implications for human head and neck cancer. Funded by an administrative supplement for the Dog Oncology Grant Supplement (DOGS) Program issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from the University of Colorado Cancer Center Head and Neck Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE), researchers speculate this study’s findings may improve outcomes for dogs and humans.  


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Research    Sarcoma

Research Underscores the Complexity of Sarcoma Biology 

Building upon her previous research on the role of transcription factor SIX1 in sarcoma progression, Heide Ford, PhD, associate director of basic research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, recently published a paper, in collaboration with CU Cancer Center members Paul Jedlicka, MD, and Jim Costello, PhD, in the journal Nature Communications showing that SIX1 plays a very different role in Ewing sarcoma than it does in other sarcomas — the general term for a broad group of cancers that can form in various locations in the body, including the bones and the soft tissue that connects, supports, and surrounds other body structures. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Leukemia   

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Climber Tristan Chen Treated for Leukemia at CU Cancer Center

When your life is about being outdoors — about making your way up and around complex rock formations, looking for that flow you get into as every foothold and ledge reveals itself — the last place you want to be is stuck in a hospital bed, enduring the side effects of chemotherapy.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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Patient Care    Magazine    Ovarian Cancer

CU Cancer Center Care Team Provides a Foundation for Healing for BRCA1-positive Patient

Amy Bibbey has two distinct lives. There’s the life she led before ovarian cancer, and there’s everything after diagnosis.


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date September 21, 2023
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Patient Care    Thyroid Cancer

Neck Dissection Surgery at the CU Cancer Center Helped Ensure that TV Newsman Danny New Remains Cancer-Free 

“I got lucky that I suck at golf. I threw my back out playing a sport that people usually enjoy in khakis.” 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 17, 2023
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Research    Blood Cancer

CU Cancer Center Members Spotlight the Latest Leukemia Treatments 

Illustrating the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s research strength in the area of blood cancers, the American Cancer Society Journal recently asked CU Cancer Center members Andrew Kent, PhD, and Dan Pollyea, MD, MS, to give readers an update on the latest advances in leukemia treatment.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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Skin Cancer    Dermatology

What to Know About Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Jimmy Buffett’s Rare Skin Cancer

After battling skin cancer for four years before his death, "Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffett died on September 1, 2023, at age 76, from Merkel cell carcinoma, according to his website.


Author Jessica Cordova | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Community    Pediatrics

Helping Children and Their Families Cope With a Cancer Diagnosis

The fear, anger, and anxiety that come with a cancer diagnosis are only magnified in children, who—along with their family members—often need help working through the emotions that surround cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Research    Education    Community    Blood Cancer

Elijah Johnson Came to the CU Cancer Center to Research the Mutation That Makes Him More Likely to Develop Cancer 

Growing up in Windsor, Colorado, Elijah Johnson thought he would grow up to be a professional musician. He never considered a career as a biomedical researcher. But that all changed when his mother was diagnosed with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), a rare genetic mutation that increases the risk of cancer.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Research    Community

Surprising Finding in Cannabis Research: The Drug Improves Cognition in Cancer Patients 

Can using over-the-counter cannabis products help cancer patients cope with issues like pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression? 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Press Releases    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Leadership

CU Cancer Center Expands DEIA Efforts With Hire of Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director 

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is doubling down on its diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) efforts in 2023, adding an associate director and deputy associate director of DEIA to its leadership team. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 17, 2023
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Community    Esophageal Cancer

CU Cancer Center Member Opens Clinic for Benign Esophageal and Gastric Conditions 

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Sachin Wani, MD, inaugural director of the Katy O. and Paul M. Rady Esophageal and Gastric Center of Excellence, is behind a new clinic for people with benign, complex conditions of the foregut, including complicated reflux cases, refractory esophageal strictures, and motility disorders such as achalasia and gastroparesis. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 10, 2023
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Research    Data analysis

NCI National Cancer Plan: Maximize Data Utility 

At the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (COE), cancer center members are creating an interactive data platform to give researchers information on Colorado’s demographics, cancer burden, risk factors and health behaviors, environmental factors, and access to care across the cancer continuum.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 04, 2023
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Pancreatic Cancer

University of Colorado Leads Work to Standardize Global Guidelines for Cystic Tumor of the Pancreas 

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Marco Del Chiaro, MD, PhD, division chief of surgical oncology, is coordinating a new effort to standardize global diagnosis and treatment efforts for cystic tumor of the pancreas. More frequent than solid lesions, cystic tumors are usually detected incidentally and are often asymptomatic.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 03, 2023
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Community    Lung Cancer

CU Cancer Center Offers Free Radon Testing Kits to the Colorado Community          

The statistics about radon exposure and lung cancer in Colorado are sobering: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the state, and radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after tobacco smoke. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 01, 2023
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Research    Ovarian Cancer    Multiple Myeloma

Guidelines for Preventing Blood Clots in People With Cancer 

Many of the side effects of cancer treatment are well-known, including nausea, fatigue, and weight loss. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 28, 2023
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Research    Melanoma    Immunotherapy   

R01 Grant Will Help Find a Way to Overcome Resistance to Immunotherapy in Melanoma  

Melanoma cells can hide, but they can’t run from Eduardo Davila, PhD, associate director of cancer research training and education coordination at the University of Colorado Cancer Center


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 26, 2023
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Research    Lung Cancer   

Studying the Role of Sox9 in Lung Cancer

New research led by Sharon R. Pine, PhD, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Research Initiative, may help doctors understand why some lung cancer patients don’t respond to immunotherapy.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Research    Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

NCI National Cancer Plan: Optimize the Workforce 

Whether they are focused on middle school and high school students, college undergraduates, or current medical students, pipeline programs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center are designed to expose students of all ages and backgrounds to the world of cancer science and research, with a special focus on giving students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to see themselves working in the field.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 21, 2023
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Patient Care    Lung Cancer

New Treatment Paradigm Helps Lung Cancer Patient Thrive at CU Cancer Center 

There’s no such thing as perfect timing when it comes to lung cancer, but Kathy Ballard got pretty close. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 20, 2023
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Research    Press Releases

The Largest Study of Its Kind Shows a Need for Improvement in Esophageal Cancer Screenings

A new study published in Gastroenterologyaims to improve the effectiveness of screening and surveillance practices for early cancer detection in Barrett’s esophagus (BE).


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 20, 2023
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Research    Leadership

Diana Cittelly, PhD, Named Co-leader of Tumor Host Interactions Program 

Diana Cittelly, PhD, a longtime University of Colorado Cancer Center member and a researcher on cancer that spreads to the brain, has taken on a new role at the CU Cancer Center. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 18, 2023
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Community    Clinical Trials

NCI National Cancer Plan: Deliver Optimal Care 

When Nathan Hammond traveled to Colorado from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to consult with University of Colorado Cancer Center specialists about his newly diagnosed esophageal cancer, his first stop was the esophageal and gastric cancer multidisciplinary clinic, where patients are seen by doctors from multiple specialties — including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, dietitians, and genetic counselors — all at the same time.   


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 14, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Brain and Spinal Cancer

Wheels of Justice Team Commemorates Brain Cancer Patient Trevor Kling 

Look at the racing jersey created in his memory, and you’ll see images of everything Trevor Kling loved. Bright colors. Baseball. Pineapple. Bowling. Sports cars. Board games. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Cancer   

Research Offers Insight into Improving Efficacy of PD-L1 Immunotherapy for Cancer Patients

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institutebrings researchers and oncologists one step closer to better understanding the complexities of PD-1 inhibitors, a common type of immunotherapy, and their intracellular signaling on cancer behavior.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 06, 2023
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Colorectal Cancer    Multidisciplinary Clinic    Clinical   

Expanding the Umbrella of Care

In the earliest days of specialized cancer care, two things often happened: either individual oncologists were burdened with the expectation to know everything, or patients were sent on treatment journeys that could involve multiple visits with multiple clinicians in multiple locations.

As the field of cancer care has grown and evolved, buoyed by tremendous strides in research and therapeutics, patients could increasingly and reasonably hope to live many years, rather than many weeks or months, after a diagnosis. A significant contributor to this hope has been the move toward multidisciplinary care.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date July 05, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Pancreatic Cancer    Multidisciplinary Clinic   

Individualized Care Provides Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Patient with Stage 4 Diagnosis

Barb Spanjer lay on the floor of her office. She had never been so tired. Her stomach and left side ached, and the pain under her left shoulder blade was relentless. She had seen her doctor a couple of times that autumn of 2017, but the medicine for the ulcer he suspected she had wasn’t working. She had been too tired and too busy running the construction company she and her husband, Steve, owned to follow up with the doctor. But it was getting harder to ignore the symptoms. Something just wasn’t right.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Research    Community    Clinical Trials

NCI National Cancer Plan: Engage Every Person  

Clinical trials are an important part of cancer care, giving people with cancer potentially life-saving early access to new medications and treatments and making sure those medications and treatments are safe and efficacious before approving them for widespread use.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 23, 2023
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Patient Care    Liver Cancer    Colorectal Cancer   

Colorectal Cancer Patient Doug Scanlon Grateful for Cutting-Edge Care at CU Cancer Center 

For Doug Scanlon, last year’s Walk to End Colon Cancer was a victory lap. This year, it’s more like a homecoming. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 22, 2023
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Research    Lung Cancer   

CU Cancer Center Researcher Receives Gilead Grant to Study Persister Cells in Lung Cancer 

Cancer researchers have long been interested in the resistance that lung cancer patients develop to targeted therapies aimed at specific mutations. Though the therapies provide significant remission at first, the cancer eventually finds a way to return. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 19, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Immunotherapy    lymphoma    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

CU Cancer Center Member Gains Unique Perspective as Cancer Patient

For a significant portion of his career, Arnold Levinson, PhD, MJ, has done work related to cancer.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 16, 2023
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Research    Breast Cancer    Awards

Clinician Scientist Development Grant From the American Cancer Society Will Help Sarah Tevis, MD, Advance Her Research on Breast Cancer Outcomes 

For the past four years, University of Colorado Cancer Center member Sarah Tevis, MD, has focused her research on the psychosocial outcomes of breast surgery for women with breast cancer — specifically comparing patient-reported outcomes three and six months after receiving a lumpectomy (surgery in which just the tumor and some of the surrounding cells are removed) and a mastectomy (surgery to remove the entire breast). 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 14, 2023
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Research    Blood Cancer    Awards

Overcoming Drug Resistance in Multiple Myeloma 

The good news for people with multiple myeloma is that treatments exist that almost always put the cancer into deep remission soon after it’s diagnosed. The bad news for people with the blood cancer, though, is that even though that remission can last several years, almost all patients eventually relapse — and the disease that returns becomes increasingly difficult to treat. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 12, 2023
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Research    Community

NCI National Cancer Plan: Developing Effective Treatments   

Hatim Sabaawy, MD, PhD, MS, associate director of translational research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is excited about the future of treatment for pancreatic cancer. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 09, 2023
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Community    Prostate Cancer    Bladder Cancer    Kidney Cancer    Testicular cancer

CU Cancer Center Member Helps Develop Genitourinary Cancer Guidelines in Sub-Saharan Africa 

It’s one thing to develop cancer treatment guidelines in the U.S., where even the smallest health centers have access to the same basic technology for treatment and testing. But what about creating guidelines for oncologists in Sub-Saharan Africa, where access to medical resources can be limited and the disease can present differently?  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Research    Community    Cancer    Magazine    Mental Health   

Understanding Cancer in the Mind and the Heart

Cancer, the author Susan Sontag wrote, is “the disease that doesn’t knock before it enters.”

It’s the scary C-word that a large and continually growing body of research demonstrates has effects far beyond its physical symptoms. A cancer diagnosis, especially one made in the later stages of the disease, often impacts a person’s mental and emotional health in ways that can be unexpected and broad-reaching.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 05, 2023
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Breast Cancer    Colorectal Cancer    cancer screening

NCI National Cancer Plan: Detect Cancers Early

Early detection of cancer plays a vital role in improving cancer survival rates. Detecting cancer early allows for timely intervention, stopping the cancer before it metastasizes, and increasing the effectiveness of treatment options.

At the University of Colorado Cancer Center, many members are focused on detecting cancer early by providing greater access to screening and educating the community on options.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 02, 2023
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Research    Community    Philanthropy    Magazine   

Endowed Chairs Fund Vital Research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Philanthropy is critical to the mission of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Donors who are able to make gifts of any amount help CU Cancer Center members contribute to breakthrough research and improved patient outcomes. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 31, 2023
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Community

NCI National Cancer Plan: Preventing Cancer 

Over the past several decades, doctors and researchers have gotten much better at detecting and treating cancer. A cancer diagnosis, however, is still often costly to treat, not to mention the physical and emotional toll that treatment can take. 

The best way to avoid a diagnosis altogether? Stop cancer before it starts.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 26, 2023
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Patient Care    Colorectal Cancer    GITES

Outpatient Colectomy? It’s Possible at the CU Cancer Center

Sean Ryan did everything right. 

Ryan’s father died of colorectal cancer when he was just 45, so Ryan knew he was at high risk for the disease. When he turned 50, he made plans to get a screening colonoscopy. (In 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended screening age for colorectal cancer from 50 to 45 for men and women at average risk for colorectal cancer.) 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 24, 2023
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Research    Pediatric Cancer    Brain and Spinal Cancer

Finding New Ways to Treat Diffuse Midline Gliomas 

Cancer is a sneaky disease. Find one method of treating it successfully, and it finds another way to survive. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 22, 2023
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Breast Cancer    Public Health    cancer screening

Why Does the United States Preventive Services Task Force Want to Lower the Recommended Age for Mammograms? 

Driven in part by an increase in breast cancer diagnoses in younger women — particularly in Black women — the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — has proposed lowering the recommended age for beginning regular mammograms from 50 to 40. The USPSTF recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer get screening mammograms every other year. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 18, 2023
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Community    Public Health

CU Cancer Center Leader Appointed to Third Term on Colorado’s Board of Health 

Evelinn Borrayo, PhD, has made it her mission to eliminate cancer disparities in Colorado.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Kidney Cancer    Urology

Kidney Cancer Journey Emphasizes Importance of Asking a Doctor when Things Don’t Feel Right

 

To start with, there was his usual schedule of national travel for his job as a Wall Street journeyman – he was always flying somewhere. Add to that moving to Castle Rock from San Francisco, plus a love for concerts and baseball games and whatever else life offers, and it’s no wonder that Lincoln Yersin was feeling run down.

But this run down? This exhausted? He went to see his primary care provider in San Francisco a few times, had a few tests, and the diagnosis was stress.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 16, 2023
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Research    Pancreatic Cancer    Surgical Oncology    Transplant Surgery

Data Analysis Offers Promising News for Transplant Patients with Previous Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms Diagnosis

Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) are cystic lesions that can form by the ducts of the pancreas. They generally are asymptomatic and discovered in the course of testing for other conditions.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 10, 2023
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CU Cancer Center In the News

OncLive

The Role of mTOR/Aurora A Kinase Combination Therapy Requires Further Elucidation in Solid Tumors

news outletOncLive
Publish DateJuly 08, 2024

CU Cancer Center member S. Lindsey Davis, MD, highlighted that the combination therapy of sapanisertib and alisertib showed marginal clinical benefit for patients with advanced solid tumors, correlative analyses suggested that apoptotic response and tumor immune cell infiltrate might influence clinical outcomes. The phase 1b study's expansion cohort indicated some positive outlying responses among patients and underscore the need for further research to tailor treatments for standout patients and explore rational combinations to enhance efficacy.

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News Medical

Study shows effectiveness of treating pancreatic cancer patients with chemotherapy before surgery

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJune 19, 2024

A new study led by University of Colorado Cancer Center member Marco Del Chiaro, MD, PhD, reveals that nearly 5% of pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients achieved a pathological complete response (pCR) after pre-surgical chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. This significant finding indicates that patients with pCR have a 63% five-year survival rate, compared to 30% for those without pCR, suggesting the potential for tailored treatments to improve outcomes.

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Cancer Network

Liso-cel May Show Benefit in Earlier Therapy Lines for Lymphoma Subgroups

news outletCancer Network
Publish DateJune 14, 2024

In a conversation at the 2024 European Hematology Association Congress, CU Cancer Center member Manali Kamdar, MD, discussed potential future research on lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel; Breyanzi) for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and other lymphoma subgroups. She highlighted findings from the phase 1 TRANSCEND NHL 001 trial, noting improved efficacy and safety in patients with fewer prior therapies and non-refractory disease, suggesting liso-cel's utility in earlier treatment lines and specific lymphoma subgroups.

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Cancer Health

2024 Cancer Health 25: People Who Power Clinical Trials

news outletCancer Health
Publish DateJune 11, 2024

This year's Cancer Health 25 highlights the transformative power and promise of clinical trials. University of Colorado Cancer Center member Jessica McDermott, MD, MSCS, is leading clinical trials at both the CU Cancer Center and the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Additionally, she serves as the CU Cancer Center's deputy associate director for diversity and inclusion in clinical research.

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