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Diversity    Clinical Research    Inclusion   

McDermott Named Deputy AD for Diversity and Inclusion in Clinical Research at CU Cancer Center

As lead investigator or sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials at the University of Colorado Cancer Center — many of them investigating new treatments for head and neck cancerJessica McDermott, MD, has been instrumental in improving access to cancer clinical trials for patients from medically underserved communities.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 11, 2022
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Research    Education    Students    Diversity   

Diversity in Cancer Research Program Hosts Undergraduate Students for Hands-On Experience at CU Cancer Center

For Isaiah Richardson, conducting research as an American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research Intern this summer was an important academic and professional experience, but it was also personal.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 18, 2022
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Diversity    Magazine

Director's Message: Our Commitment to Dismantling Racism

The past year has illuminated the need for change. In addition to the toll it has taken on lives, health and livelihood, COVID-19 has shed light on health disparities and inequities facing our communities of color.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date December 03, 2020
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Pediatric Cancer    Brain and Spinal Cancer    Diversity

Post-diagnosis disparities drive poorer outcomes for pediatric Black and Hispanic brain cancer patients

Cancer researchers have known for years that Black and Hispanic patients have worse outcomes than their non-Hispanic White peers. At least when it comes to adults. But few studies have explored these same disparities in pediatric patients, and fewer still have looked for racial/ethnic differences in treatment outcomes in pediatric brain cancer patients.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Lung Cancer    Diversity

African Americans, Hispanics less likely to receive recommended lung cancer imaging

The use of PET-CT imaging gives doctors the best possible picture of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and this accurate imaging helps to match patients with the best treatments. Unfortunately, not every NSCLC patient gets the recommended PET-CT imaging. Now a University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows an important predictor of PET-CT use: African American patients were only about half as likely as non-Hispanic whites to receive this important imaging; Hispanics received this imaging about 70 percent as frequently as non-Hispanic whites.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date March 11, 2020
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Diversity    Cancer    Genetics

The genetic diversity that may explain differences in cancer rates across ethnicities

Paul Norman, PhD, was born in the Midlands region of Central England in the county town of Shrewsbury, which, coincidentally, is also the birthplace of the naturalist and explorer, Charles Darwin. And like Darwin, Norman set out on a mission to categorize the diversity of life. Only, while Darwin concerned himself with things he could see – the beak shape of Galapagos finches, for example – Norman explores the diversity of cells hidden inside our bodies. Even more specifically, Norman, who recently joined University of Colorado Cancer Center as a mentored member, researches the diversity of tiny proteins that sit on the surface cancer cells. What seems little could be very big: Differences in these proteins across ethnicities could help to explain the differences in cancer rates between human cultures. 


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date May 13, 2019
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CU Cancer Center In the News

The Colorado Sun

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Launches New Center to Fight Esophageal and Gastric Cancer

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateDecember 07, 2022

CU-Anschutz announced the creation of a new center to improve patient care and advance new methods for detecting esophageal and gastric cancers early.

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News Medical

Study Explores Practical Pathways to Motherhood in Women with Oncogene-Driven Lung Cancer

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateDecember 05, 2022

New CU Cancer Center research highlights the need for more data for women hoping for successful pregnancies while undergoing lung cancer treatment.

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Targeted Oncology

Forsberg Explains How Selinexor Fits Into Sequencing Therapies in R/R Multiple Myeloma

news outletTargeted Oncology
Publish DateNovember 16, 2022

During a roundtable event, Peter Forsberg, MD, discussed data from several trials of selinexor in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.

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Cancer Health

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor Shares a Message of Hope

news outletCancer Health
Publish DateNovember 15, 2022

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Laura Foote shares her story to bring hope and express gratitude.

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