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Lung Cancer Progress Made, But We’re Not There Yet
Oct 30, 2014 By Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, deputy director, Winship Cancer Institute

Lung Cancer (This blog was originally posted on September 29, 2014 on the American Association for Cancer Research website) Luther Terry, the ninth Surgeon General of the United States, released his now seminal Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States on Jan. 11, 1964. The report, assembled by a brave and committed panel of independent physicians and scientists, definitively concluded that lung cancer and chronic bronchitis are causally related to cigarette smoking. Fifty years later, genomic discovery and the rapidly accelerating fields of epigenetics, proteomics, metabolomics, and drug discovery have presented an armada of new options for patients with lung cancer. Computed tomography (CT) screening of high-risk individuals, particularly smokers, helps detect the disease in its early, more-curable stages more than 80 percent of [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Cohen's “Advancements in Breast Imaging” Live Chat
Oct 27, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week’s live web chat on “Advancements in Imaging for Early Breast Cancer Detection.” Dr. Michael Cohen, director, Division of Breast Imaging for Emory’s Department of Radiology, discussed the latest in breast imaging screening and technology. Questions varied from ,“What are the current breast screening guidelines?” to “What is tomosynthesis and when is it the right choice for screening?” Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the chat. Make sure to view the chat transcript for the whole discussion. Question: What are the current breast cancer screening guidelines? Michael Cohen, MDAnswer: Women aged 40 and younger should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years. All women aged 40 and over should get a yearly screening mammogram, clinical breast exam and perform a monthly breast [...]

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Latest in Breast Cancer Research
Oct 9, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 10%-20% of diagnosed breast cancers are determined to be triple negative breast cancer. It tends to primarily affect younger, premenopausal women and is more aggressive than other types of breast cancer. Studies show that African-American and Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer than white women. Triple negative breast cancers don’t have the three types of receptors that most commonly fuel breast cancer growth — estrogen, progesterone and the HER2 gene — so they don’t respond to hormonal therapies and treatments that target those receptors. Chemotherapy is typically used for treatment, but there is an urgent need to find more precise therapies. LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, PhD, is one of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s scientists who have taken up the [...]

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Winship’s Win the Fight 5K Exceeds Fundraising Goal to Help Battle Cancer
Oct 2, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Win the Fight 5K RecapThis past weekend,  Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University raised a record amount of money towards cancer research in Georgia. Fundraising support, through the 4th annual Winship Win the Fight 5K, which was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, surpassed its half-million dollar goal and brought in more than $582,000. Over three thousand runners and walkers gathered Saturday morning to participate in the event that started and ended on the Emory campus and wound its way through the surrounding Druid Hills-area. “We are so grateful to all the supporters who joined us at this year’s Winship 5K,” says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship. “The money raised will support more than a dozen cancer research projects at Winship and will lead us to more and more success stories in our fight against cancer.” The Winship Win the Fight 5K is a unique [...]

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Advancements in Imaging for Early Breast Cancer Detection
Oct 1, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Advancements in Breast Imaging ChatBreast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the breast care specialists across Emory Healthcare want you to know the importance of screening and early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends that women (without breast cancer symptoms), age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year as long as they are in good health. Getting yearly screening mammograms increases the chance of detecting cancers in the early stages, before they start to cause symptoms. By detecting cancer early, screening exams also help increase the chance of survival and lower the risk of mortality. At Emory Healthcare, we are proud to offer patients with leading breast screening techniques, including the latest in breast imaging technology, called tomosynthesis, or [...]

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Winship Win the Fight 5K
Sep 24, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Winship Fight 5KThe Winship Win the Fight 5K is this Saturday, September 27, 2014 and already a HALF A MILLION DOLLARS has been raised towards cancer research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. There’s still time to be a part of this special event! Today is the last day to register online for Saturday's event. If you cannot be present to run or walk this weekend, register as a "Sleep-In Warrior" to support cancer research from wherever you will be this weekend. For more information, or to register, visit the Winship Win the Fight 5K website. Also, check out this inspiring video below featuring WSB-TV's Mark Winne's wife, Kate, a cancer survivor and Winship patient. Mark and Kate’s story not only shows the crucial role cancer research plays in the continuous fight for a world without cancer, but also the hope it beings to patients and families, here and now.

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5,000-Mile Bone Marrow Transplant Connection
Sep 16, 2014 By Erin Blonshine

Bone Marrow Transplant Donor

I just celebrated the 5th anniversary of my bone marrow transplant, and I can't believe it's been 5 years. In some ways, it feels like yesterday, but in other ways, it seems like forever ago when I first learned that I would need a life-saving transplant ...

I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in 2007, and I underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, which thankfully, resulted in remission. To celebrate the journey and one year of remission, my family and I planned a trip to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. We were so excited to celebrate! We planned to leave on a Sunday in June, and I had one more appointment on the Friday before we left. At that appointment, I found out I had relapsed; the leukemia was back. Absolutely devastated, we decided to postpone the trip and start treatment right away instead. I was evaluated for a bone marrow transplant, and [...]

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Finding Powerful Tools to Fight Ovarian Cancer
Sep 9, 2014 By Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC

GeneticsThe last decade has produced amazing advances in our understanding of the genetic risk factors for ovarian cancer. Of the one in 70 women who will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, 20 to 25 percent are the result of a major genetic cause. This means that of the 22,000 new diagnoses of ovarian cancer expected in the US in 2014, over 5,000 may be associated with an underlying hereditary cancer syndrome. Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) is the most common cause of inherited ovarian cancer risk. HBOC is due to changes (mutations) in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (BRCA1/2). In families where a BRCA1/2 mutation is present, there may be early-onset breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and sometimes melanoma, pancreatic or prostate cancer. Several individuals on one side of the family (either mother or father’s side) in more than one generation may be affected. For [...]

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How Will I Cope with Cancer?
Sep 3, 2014 By Wendy Baer, MD

Wendy Baer, MDGetting diagnosed with cancer is a unique experience for every person. It can mean many different things depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the treatment options and the overall health of the person. Regardless of the type of cancer, most people experience a whirlwind of emotions during the time of diagnosis. Uncertainty and loss of control are two common feelings. Uncertainty is especially intense in the work-up phase when you are not sure what kind of cancer you have, what your options are for treatment or who is going to take care of you during treatment. Loss of control may be an issue when you feel your body is broken, tumors may be growing, cells may be multiplying, and you wonder about dying. You may feel loss of control over your energy since you are not able to do activities or work you enjoy. The time needed for appointments may make you may feel as if the [...]

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Doctor as Patient
Aug 27, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

Dr. Sagar LonialWinship multiple myeloma expert Dr. Sagar Lonial has seen hundreds of patients through the ups and downs of treatment and recovery, and has pioneered many new drug therapies that have changed the course of survival for multiple myeloma patients. He found his sense of purpose early in his career, seeing discoveries in the lab benefit the patients he was caring for and knowing that his research was intimately tied to their struggles. But it wasn’t until he became a patient himself that he gained full insight into how purpose drives the trajectory of a patient’s journey. Late in 2013, Dr. Lonial sustained a fall that resulted in severely broken bones requiring surgery, hospitalization and months of physical therapy. Lonial wrote about this insight in a recently published essay. Here is an excerpt from his story: Recently, I experienced a medical issue that allowed me to [...]

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