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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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Research    Pediatric Cancer    Sarcoma    Radiation

Study Shows that Equivocal Scan Results Don’t Predict Higher Risk of Pediatric Cancer Relapse

For many pediatric cancer patients and their families, “scanxiety” is a very real and very scary feeling – the worry that can precede scans before treatment, and the uncertainty stemming from scans after treatment is completed.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 05, 2023
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Research    Sarcoma

CU Cancer Center Hosts Conference on Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus 

Some 100 researchers from around the world were in Aurora last week to discuss the latest findings and news around Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV), the virus that causes a type of cancer known as Kaposi sarcoma.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 21, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Sarcoma    Clinical Trials   

Beating a Deadly Sarcoma 

Ward McNeilly thought he was a goner.  

It was summer 2021, and the sarcoma that had started in the Denver resident’s left thigh seemed to be under control, subdued by radiation and chemotherapy following a surgery in 2018 to remove the initial tumor and another surgery in 2019 to remove cancerous tumors in his groin. McNeilly was doing so well, in fact, that his doctors at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital authorized a “chemo vacation” to give his body a break from some of the side effects of the treatment.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 11, 2022
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Research    Community    Pediatric Cancer    Sarcoma

Research Finds a Specific Gene Is Critical for the Progression of Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma Tumors

In normal human development, the SIX1 gene is critical for embryonic muscle development. After a person is born and as they mature, SIX1 is downregulated, or becomes less prevalent in cells.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 02, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Sarcoma

“You Are Cancer-Free”

The cancer diagnosis came at a time when it seemed as though everything was happening – he was only 37 and soon to become president of the Denver City Council; his three children were ages 4, 6, and 9; he had just run the BOLDERBoulder 10K.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 03, 2021
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Sarcoma    Cancer

New Disney+ Movie Raising Awareness of Rare Cancer

A new movie streaming on Disney+ is shining a spotlight on a rare type of bone cancer that occurs most often in children and young adults.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 02, 2020
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Research    Sarcoma    Cancer    Bone Cancer

What is Sarcoma?

Video Transcript:

Good morning, I’m Dr. Breelyn Wilky from the sarcoma program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Author Cancer Center | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Research    Honors    Sarcoma

Two New Grants Help CU Researchers Test New Sarcoma Treatments

While many cancer types have added new treatments including genetically targeted drugs and immunotherapies, treatment for the rare types of cancer known as sarcomas have remained largely the same for about two decades. Now, two grants to University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers from the Sarcoma Foundation of America hope to change this.

Author Cancer Center | Publish Date June 22, 2020
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Sarcoma    Clinical Research

Q&A: A Conversation With Breelyn Wilky, MD

After five years as an assistant professor at the University of Miami treating sarcoma patients and running sarcoma clinical trials, Breelyn Wilky, MD, recently joined University of Colorado Cancer Center as Deputy Associate Director for Clinical Research. Here we speak with Wilky about what drew her to Colorado and what’s next for the treatment of sarcoma.

Author Cancer Center | Publish Date February 05, 2020
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Awareness    Sarcoma    Cancer

Ben Walburn: All the Time in the World

I met Ben Walburn at 4:00am on a slushy spring morning four years ago in a Boulder parking lot outside the house of a mutual friend, Adam. It was still dark and clouds spit little wet icicles as Ben and I huddled by our cars in the glow of headlamps, blowing steam off insulated coffee cups while trying to raise Adam via text. The plan was to exploit Adam’s birthday as an excuse for a weekend rock-climbing trip somewhere dryer and warmer – was it Escalante or maybe it was Penitente? Finally, Adam texted back: His young kids had gotten sick overnight and he had to bail. Without Adam, the trip fell apart. Ben and I made vague plans to climb together at some point, but it never seemed to come together. He was in his early 40s, I was in my late 30s, and we were both busy. Besides, it wasn’t pressing – we had all the time in the world to make it happen.

Author Cancer Center | Publish Date July 02, 2019
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CU Cancer Center In the News


Leveraging RPM to Enable At-Home Care for High-Risk Cancer Patients

news outletMHealthIntelligence
Publish DateFebruary 05, 2024

Glen Peterson, DNP, ACNP, RN, from CU Cancer Center, discusses RPM & telehealth benefits for cancer patients on Healthcare Strategies podcast.

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Sunday is World Cancer Day

news outlet9News
Publish DateFebruary 04, 2024

CU Anschutz oncologist and CU Cancer Center member Dr. Wells Messersmith shares insights: Colorado braces for over 29,000 cancer cases in the coming year.

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Cure Today

An Oncologist Explains How She Uses ctDNA in Gastric Cancer

news outletCure Today
Publish DateJanuary 24, 2024

CU Cancer Center member Sunnie Kim, MD, discussed how she uses ctDNA in treating patients with gastric or esophageal cancer.

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DocWire News

Toxicities and Duration of Treatment for Immunotherapy in Advanced Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma

news outletDocWire News
Publish DateJanuary 23, 2024

CU Cancer Center member Christopher Lieu, MD, and Namrata Vijayvergia, MD, of the Fox Chase Cancer Center conclude their discussion with considerations for managing immunotherapy-related toxicities in patients with metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), along with a review of the available evidence regarding the duration of immunotherapy treatment.

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