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CU Cancer Center Receives Highly Competitive SPORE Grant for Head and Neck Cancer

Research and treatment of head and neck cancers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center reached a new level this month with a highly competitive Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The SPORE was approved by NCI Scientific Program leadership for FY2021 funding; the projected starting date is July 1


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 07, 2021
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer

A New Method For Fighting ‘Cold’ Tumors

Not all cancerous tumors are created equal. Some tumors, known as “hot” tumors, show signs of inflammation, which means they are infiltrated with T cells working to fight the cancer. Those tumors are easier to treat, as immunotherapy drugs can then amp up the immune response.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 22, 2021
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer

Inter-campus Collaboration Receives R01 Award to Study Salivary Gland Cancer

Two University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers have received a five-year R01 Award for $497,893 per year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study a potential new drug treatment for salivary gland cancer. The award is part of an inter-campus collaboration between Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD, co-leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, and Tin Tin Su, PhD, co-leader of the Molecular and Cellular Oncology Program.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 16, 2021
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer

Black Lives Also Matter in Cancer Care

Studies have long reported that Black cancer patients have poorer outcomes than their white counterparts. But two University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers decided to investigate the data further and figure out why. What they found was that the outcome disparity was caused not by biology, but simply by differences in access to health care.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date October 01, 2020
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Research    Head and Neck Cancer    Cancer

CU Cancer Center Study Aims to Increase Access to Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Trials in Hispanic Population

Nearly two thousand people living in Colorado will be diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC) in 2020. Generally, a very aggressive disease, head and neck cancer require expert care that is not widely available in community cancer clinics. However, patients that are not well-represented in clinical studies, especially Hispanic patients, are less likely to get care from centers that specialize in the disease, such as the University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date June 29, 2020
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CU Cancer Center In the News

CBS4 Denver

Estimated 2,100 New Cases Of Colon Cancer Each Year Among Coloradans

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateMay 21, 2021

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently lowered its recommended age to begin screening for colon cancer from 50 to 45. It’s the third most common cancer in America, and in Colorado, there are an estimated 2,100 new cases each year.

Dr. Chris Lieu, the Associate Director of Clinical Research at the CU Cancer Center, explained the change stems from an increase in the number of colorectal cancer cases among younger people.

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One Of The Youngest Ovarian Cancer Victims Remembered: ‘She Never Stopped Fighting’

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

Peyton taught the world that ovarian cancer doesn’t just strike mothers and grandmothers. “She’s brought so much awareness to the disease through her advocacy,” said CU Cancer Center member Saketh Guntupalli, MD. 

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Cure Today

Understanding Treatment Options for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

news outletCure Today
Publish DateDecember 24, 2020

It is one of the most common types of leukemias in adults; however, the disease comprises only about 1% of all cancers. There are a variety of treatment options available for patients with AML, with more clinical trials evaluating new therapies in the pipeline.  In this episode of the “CURE talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with Dan Pollyea, from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, about these treatment options.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

New technology allows cancer patients to watch movies during radiation

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateOctober 06, 2020

Mia and her parents shared their experience with RadFlix with FOX31. They explained that watching TV or a movie while getting radiation treatment was a game-changer. RadFlix was developed by Douglas Holt, MD, Brian Miller, PhD, and Sarah Milgrom, MD. 

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