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Pancreatic Cancer: Incidence and Outlook
Aug 31, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

Pancreatic cancer increases with age and most people are between 60 to 80 years old when diagnosed. Early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms. Pancreatic cancer can affect anyone. People with a family history of pancreatic cancer in first degree relatives have an increased risk. Pancreatic cancer specialist, Dr. David Kooby from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University talks about why the disease is so prevalent and why it is so difficult to treat. Learn more about Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. [...]

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Risk Factors and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
Aug 26, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

The pancreas is a flat, banana-shaped organ that is located behind the stomach. Functionally, it can be regarded as two separate organs based on the chemicals each produces. The exocrine pancreas makes up the largest part of the gland and is responsible for creating enzymes that help break down foods we eat so that they can be used by the body. The endocrine pancreas is composed of groupings of cells that make up a much smaller part of the gland. These cell clusters, called islets, are responsible for producing hormones, such as insulin, that help regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. What are the risk factors and symptoms of pancreatic cancer? Winship surgical oncologist, Dr. David Kooby answers those questions. Learn more about Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. [...]

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Reclassifying Brain Tumors with Precision
Aug 24, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

8-24 cancerGroundbreaking study will change the way brain tumor patients are diagnosed. Winship cancer researcher and neuropathologist Dan Brat is the first author of a groundbreaking study that will change the way patients with diffuse gliomas, a form of brain tumor, will be diagnosed and treated in the future. Brat and 306 other researchers from 44 institutions studied a group of six related brain tumors that has been surrounded by diagnostic confusion for decades. They used a large number of advanced molecular platforms capable of examining the genetic make-up of brain tumors (e.g. mutations, gene deletions, and other genetic changes) and were able to determine that there are three well-defined types of tumors based on this analysis, rather than six as previously thought. Brat explains, "The use of the biomarkers in the diagnosis of these forms of brain tumors will lead to a much [...]

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Eric Berry credits Emory nurse as the "real MVP" of his treatment
Aug 19, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

KCTV5 When Eric Berry first learned he had a type of blood cancer known as Hodgkin lymphoma, the Kansas City Chiefs football player returned to his home and family in Georgia and sought treatment at Winship Cancer Institute. Berry became a patient of Dr. Christopher R. Flowers, a Winship hematologist specializing in lymphoma and director of the Emory Lymphoma Program, and started regular chemotherapy treatments at Winship that lasted for several months. During that time, nurse Stephanie Jones took care of Berry and got to know both him and his family. It turned out that nurse Stephanie made quite a lasting impression on Berry. At the end of July, he returned to Kansas City to resume practices with his team and during his first press conference, he gave a shout-out to Jones and credited her as being the “real MVP” of his treatment. Jones says she’s proud of the honor and [...]

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Winship Trial Reduces Mortality Rate for APL Patients
Aug 17, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship's APL team (left to right): Martha Arellano, Kaitlin Sitchenko, Anand P. Jillella, Vamsi Kota, Ann Shen, Emily Bennett.

Winship's APL team (left to right): Martha Arellano, Kaitlin Sitchenko, Anand P. Jillella, Vamsi Kota, Ann Shen, Emily Bennett.

Winship oncologist Anand Jillella, MD is spearheading a clinical trial for patients with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) that could change the mortality rate for this disease on a major scale. Often called the heart attack of leukemias, APL is a highly aggressive disease that is curable if treated early. A third of patients, however, do not survive the first month of treatment. By observing and analyzing the problem, Jillella and his team of physicians, nurses, and research staff came up with a collaborative approach that decreases mortality from 30 percent to about five percent. This new trial is open to patients all across the country. Jillella has found that some physicians who treat patients with APL may not be familiar with the potential [...]

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President Obama Names Winship Member to National Cancer Advisory Board
Aug 10, 2015 By Melva Robertson, Woodruff Health Sciences

deborag watkins brunerPresident Barack Obama recently appointed Emory University Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Nursing Deborah Watkins Bruner as one of five new members of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). "I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country. They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them," said President Obama in a White House press release. The NCAB and the President's Cancer Panel are the only advisory bodies at either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services whose members are appointed by the President. The primary task of the NCAB is to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and ultimately the President of the United States on a range of issues affecting the nation's [...]

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Cancer Survivor Exercises for Health
Aug 5, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Winship at the Y was established to provide cancer survivors with better access to specialized exercise programs. This program, which is unlike any other in the country, is open to any cancer survivor, not just patients at the Winship Cancer Institute.  In addition to physical benefits, exercise may provide a psychological and emotional benefit during and after cancer treatment. Breast cancer survivor, Janel Green, who was treated at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, talks about how the special exercise program has helped her regain her health. RELATED RESOURCES: Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Bringing Survivorship Tools Closer to Home [...]

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New Director of Community Oncology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Aug 3, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

szasboEmory Saint Joseph's Hospital welcomes Stephen Szabo, MD as the new Director of Community Oncology at the hospital's Winship Cancer Institute. The new program combines the best aspects of community and academic oncology by providing seamless patient care within one medical system. "This is a powerful model of care," says Szabo. "Our patients have the advantage of receiving state-of-the-art treatment right in their own community with the resources of a nationally recognized University system. This program provides great depth of care to our patients ranging from a compassionate team of nurses, nurse practitioners and social workers to the technical expertise of very specialized physicians." The community oncology program at Emory Saint Joseph's treats patients with a variety of cancers with a team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and array of surgical specialists. The [...]

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Winship Cancer Institute Expands Hospital Access
Jul 27, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

winship expands sign picWinship Cancer Institute has expanded access to its high quality cancer care in alignment with its broad clinical research program at both Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH). In addition, Winship has established the Winship Cancer Network as a means to improve access to such vital services throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Longstanding and continued support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has enabled Winship to advance cancer care and access to services like these for tens of thousands of patients throughout Georgia and beyond. In addition to expanding services at ESJH and EJCH, the Woodruff Foundation's most recent grant will be used to expand and improve Winship's Shared Resource portfolio with special emphasis on its Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. Researchers in this program are continually evaluating the [...]

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A New Method to Find the Site of Returning Prostate Cancer
Jul 20, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

prostate cancer diagram

The yellow arrow and the white arrows on the pictures above indicate areas of prostate cancer that were invisible to previously available imaging techniques. Instead, they were detected using a new positron-emission tomography (PET) test called FACBC, which was developed and is being tested at Emory University.

A voluntary research study is being conducted to help men with recurring prostate cancer by using advanced imaging technology called FACBC to guide radiotherapy and determine the best possible course of treatment. This study would be added as an extra layer in your ongoing cancer treatment.* We are looking for patients to participate in this clinical trial. "By participating in this study, patients may have the opportunity to have an FACBC scan. The precision of this type of scan could help guide more effective treatment for patients whose cancer has returned," says [...]

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