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The Denver Post

Wings of Hope Raises More than $100,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research at CU Cancer Center

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateOctober 05, 2021

Despite the continuing effects of COVID-19, a dedicated community of supporters converged Sept. 18 for the sold-out Evening of Hope, generating more than $100,000 to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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Denver 7

Robotic Technology Takes Us into a New Era of Drug Discovery

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateSeptember 30, 2021

A giant robot at CU Anschutz Medical Campus is busy doing lifesaving work. Dan LaBarbera is the founding director at the Center for Drug Discovery at the campus.

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Healio

Animal imaging researcher wins award for contribution to oncology research

news outletHealio
Publish DateAugust 04, 2021

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine awarded Natalie J. Serkova, the 2021 Senior Fellow Award for her work in animal imaging for oncology research. “I was humbled and ecstatic to receive this award…,” Serkova, director of the Animal Imaging Shared Resource at University of Colorado Cancer Center, said during an interview with Healio.

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Cure Today

Life With von Hippel-Lindau Disease

news outletCure Today
Publish DateAugust 03, 2021

At first, Camron King’s sixth-grade teacher thought he was nervous. King had just started at a new school when he told the teacher he couldn’t read aloud from his textbook. The problem, however, was more complicated than childhood stage fright.

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Denver Gazette

UCHealth ranked among top 50 hospitals nationally in 8 specialties

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateJuly 27, 2021

UCHealth ranked in the top 50 nationally for gastroenterology; ear, nose and throat care; adult diabetes and endocrinology; cancer treatment; urology; and rheumatology.

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OncLive

Dr. Pollyea on Indications for Anti-CD33 Therapy in AML

news outletOncLive
Publish DateJuly 19, 2021

Daniel Pollyea, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine/hematology, and the clinical director of Leukemia Services at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, discusses indications for anti-CD33 therapy in the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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Targeted Oncology

Novel Approaches Address Tumor Heterogeneity in GI Malignancies

news outletTargeted Oncology
Publish DateJuly 16, 2021

The emergence of novel approaches, such as antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), KRAS G12C inhibitors, and novel combinations such as tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)/immune checkpoint inhibitors, exhibits promising outcomes in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, according to Wells Messersmith, MD.

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Healio

Movie ‘distraction therapy’ improves children’s experience of radiation

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 15, 2021

In the 2016 animated film “Moana,” the title character bravely battled a volcanic demon and saved her people.

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La Voz

Skin Cancer Awareness

news outletLa Voz
Publish DateJuly 07, 2021

Now that summer has officially arrived, thoughts might be turning to a new seasonal look. But, before that, it might be wise to think about another look, one that results from spending too much time in the sun. Sunburn is not just an uncomfortable condition, it could be a precursor to skin cancer, the most common and potentially fatal cancer in the United States.

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MedPage Today

Hold Off on Approving Anal Cancer Drug, Advisors Tell FDA

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJune 24, 2021

FDA advisors told the agency to wait on more data before approving an investigational immunotherapy for squamous carcinoma of the anal canal (SCAC), largely due to questions over the drug's activity.

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The Denver Post

Radiation therapy as a pound of prevention? A ray of hope for pancreatic cancer patients, thanks to Wings of Hope

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJune 20, 2021

Using radiation to kill malignant cells in the body is nothing new, but thanks in part to funding from Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research, oncologists are continuing to explore newer applications for one of their more standard medical therapies.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

‘I started feeling a stomach ache’: Highlands Ranch mother’s difficult cancer journey

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateJune 16, 2021

A Highlands Ranch forty-year-old mother of four was diagnosed with stage four cancer 10 months ago. The problem was, at the time, doctors did not know where exactly the cancer was in her body.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Doctor uses virtual reality to show cancer patients their tumors

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateJune 09, 2021

A doctor at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital is now using virtual reality to help cancer patients see their tumors in 3D form.

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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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Medscape

Loss of MAP3K7 and CHD1 Expression Drive Recurrence, Resistance in Prostate Cancer

news outletMedscape
Publish DateApril 26, 2021

Loss of MAP3K7 protein expression, seen in approximately 40% of prostate cancer patients, is a major driver of prostate tumor aggressiveness and should be considered for inclusion in management algorithms, researchers say.

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CBS4 Denver

CU Cancer Center Technology Is A ‘Game Changer’ For Kids Undergoing Radiation

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateApril 26, 2021

Learning you have cancer is shocking and going through treatment is scary. At UCHealth, a team developed technology that allows patients to watch a favorite movie or show during radiation treatments.

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CBS4 Denver

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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CBS4 Denver

Former Denver Bronco Bucky Dilts Tells Men Not to Punt When It Comes To Prostate Cancer

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateOctober 05, 2020

Bucky Dilts, former Denver Broncos and prostate cancer survivor, and Dr. Paul Maroni, shared with CBS Denver why men should be getting a prostate cancer screening.

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OncLive

Dr. Schenk on the Evolving Treatment Landscape in Lung Cancer

news outletOncLive
Publish DateAugust 25, 2020

Erin Schenk, MD, PhD, University of Colorado Cancer Center member, discusses the rapidly evolving treatment landscape in lung cancer.

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OncLive

Dr. Bunn on Targeting HER3 in NSCLC

news outletOncLive
Publish DateAugust 18, 2020

Paul A. Bunn, Jr, MD, distinguished professor, James Dudley Chair in Lung Cancer Research, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado, and a 2014 Giant of Cancer Care® in Lung Cancer, discusses potentially targeting HER3 in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Oncology Learning Network

Oral Apixaban Preferable for Preventing Postsurgery VTE in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer

news outletOncology Learning Network
Publish DateAugust 10, 2020

“Current guidelines recommend a 28-day course of enoxaparin for thromboprophylaxis after surgery for gynecologic cancer,” wrote Saketh R. Guntupalli, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and colleagues.

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OncLive

Dr. Bunn on Data With Trastuzumab Deruxtecan in HER2-Mutant NSCLC

news outletOncLive
Publish DateJuly 27, 2020

Paul A. Bunn, Jr, distinguished professor, James Dudley Chair in Lung Cancer Research, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado and a 2014 Giant of Cancer Care® in Lung Cancer, highlights encouraging data with fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (Enhertu) in HER2-mutant non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Healio

Fewer children enrolling in cancer clinical trials, study shows

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 02, 2020

According to Kelly Faulk, University of Colorado Cancer Center investigator and pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, these findings are not altogether negative. “Good treatments have been developed for some of our most common childhood cancers, such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia,” Faulk said in an interview with Healio.

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9News

Colorado fitness center helps to build up cancer survivors

news outlet9News
Publish DateJune 10, 2020

On the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, there’s a factory known to churn out warriors, a fitness center just for patients battling cancer.

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MedPage Today

SRS for Brain Metastases in Small Cell Lung Cancer?

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJune 08, 2020

According to a study lead by Chad Rusthoven, MD, patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with brain metastases saw similar if not slightly better survival when treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) compared with standard-of-care whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT).

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MedPage Today

Potential New Standard for High-Risk, Pediatric B-Cell Lymphoma

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJune 05, 2020

“These outstanding results support rituximab as a new standard-of-care therapy for young patients with advanced B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” co-author Thomas Gross, of University of Colorado Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado, said.

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Medscape

Lung Cancer in the Time of COVID-19

news outletMedscape
Publish DateJune 02, 2020

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the deadliest form, with a 5-year survival rate of just over 5%. Nonetheless, thoracic oncologists at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora who specialize in the treatment of advanced NSCLC say there is room for optimism. In this six-part series, distinguished professor Paul Bunn and his colleagues Ross Camidge and Erin Schenk discuss how to choose the optimal treatment for a patient on the basis of pathologic findings, disease staging, and biomarker testing.

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CBS4 Denver

Colorado Sunshine Does No Favors For Skin Health

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateMay 19, 2020

“Colorado has some of the highest UV exposure levels in the country,” Dr. Neil Box of the University of Colorado’s Cancer Center said during an interview on CBSN Denver. “Melanoma is historically the most dangerous form of cancer,” adding basal cell and squamous carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer.

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