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    The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, along with cancer centers and other organizations across the nation, recognizes and promotes awareness of three cancer types during the month of September. These cancer types are: Gynecologic (GYN) Cancer Blood Cancer Prostate Cancer About Gynecologic Cancers These cancers affect the female reproductive system. There are many forms of gynecologic cancers, with the most prominent being ovarian, endometrial/uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer. Each has i...

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    Lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer mortality among both men and women in the United States—contributes to roughly 25 percent of cancer deaths. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, over 280,000 Americans will be diagnosed and more than 135,000 people will die from lung cancer. Karmanos Cancer Institute is aiming to turn the tide on these statistics. With the adoption of low-dose spiral com...

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    Izabela Podgorski, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Research Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and associate professor of Pharmacology at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine, was the first researcher to suggest a link between bone marrow fat cells (adipocytes) and metastatic prostate cancer back in 2010. She has recently obtained a new five-year, $2,028,733 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute to continue her studies into h...

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    Summer is associated with sunny days, outdoor activities and long vacations. However, receiving a cancer diagnosis or undergoing treatment may change the way you enjoy the warmer months. While there is no “summer break” from treatment, it is still possible to celebrate this time of year and remain safe. How can you enjoy the warmer months while undergoing chemotherapy or after receiving a cancer diagnosis? Maintaining interpersonal connection, practicing sun safety and staying hydrated are three key ele...

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    Cancer and COVID-19 vary vastly in their classification, treatment and symptoms but the two have something in common: they are disproportionately affecting the African-American community, not only in Detroit, but also in other parts of the nation. At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, clinical and scientific researchers focus on developing treatments for cancer. In doing so, they are also examining factors that have led to the African-American population shouldering the heavy burden of cancer. N...

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    Karmanos Cancer Institute has launched a survey to ask community members about their experiences with health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions will focus specifically on cancer prevention, screening and treatment, as well as COVID-19 concerns, social distancing and impacts on diverse communities. The survey will enroll 2,000 participants in Karmanos’ 46-county catchment area. Members of the general adult population, cancer patients and cancer survivors are asked to participate. The survey is ...

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    Karmanos Cancer Institute has been awarded a grant from the 2020 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The award is in the amount of $20,000 and is a portion of the nearly $1.7 million in grants given to 73 organizations through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds. This year’s grant is in the caregiver category and will be designated to support a variety of counseling support programs to help caregivers find proven techniques to help ease stress and ma...

  • To All McLaren Employees The images that emerged last week from Minneapolis of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the resulting civil unrest across our nation are having a traumatic impact on our communities, our families and friends. Mr. Floyd’s death is a tragic reminder that there remains much work to do and more conversations to be had in order to address the continued inequities that exist in our society today. As an organization, we must commit to increased understanding of diversity and inclusion,...

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    Congratulations to Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, for being recognized as a 2020 Crain’s Health Care Hero! This award celebrates outstanding people who are dedicated to breaking down barriers in the health care system, improving access to care, and above all, serving patients. Dr. Bepler’s leadership and vision have allowed Karmanos Cancer Institute to expand outstanding cancer care throughout the state of Michigan, giving patients their best chance in the fight again...

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    Twenty-year-old “Izzy” Wallace of Washington, Michigan, has been supporting Karmanos Cancer Institute since 2017 when she first started a fundraiser called Music for Myeloma. The fundraiser honored a close family friend who was diagnosed with the disease several years before. The project involved a charity concert by local artists and Izzy wrote a song called, Grace’s Song, in honor of her family friend’s daughter. Every time the song is played on Spotify or Apple Music, a donation is made to Karmanos. ...