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    Allison Mitchell, a doctoral candidate in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, won this year’s Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement. Mitchell is in her sixth year of the program and is mentored by Associate Professor of Oncology Guojun Wu, Ph.D. “I am honored to be receiving this award. It feels great to be recognized for all the hard work that goes into scientific research by my mentors and th...

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    Blood cancer encompasses many kinds of hematologic malignancies, including but not limited to leukemia. September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month. While people may associate blood cancer with leukemia, the acute form of this cancer affecting adults accounts for about less than two percent of all cancers, according to Suresh Kumar Balasubramanian, M.D., a member of the Malignant Hematology Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and assistant professor in the Departme...

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    The prostate is a walnut-sized organ located behind the bladder. It is part of the male reproductive system and is not present in women. Prostate cancer occurs when irregular cell growth takes place in this organ. To get a better understanding of prostate cancer and its effects during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, associate center director of Translational Sciences and leader of the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute...

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    Whether you spray it or slather it on, sunscreen is a summer staple. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding sunscreen usage. Sun protection is critical in reducing your risk against skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. Before heading out to soak up some rays, it’s important to clarify why Americans spend a total of $8.6 billion each year on sun care products – and if it’s worth it. (Spoiler: It is.) Melanoma Multidisciplinary Team Member and Dermatologist at Kar...

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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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    While many summer camps and programs were shuttered by COVID-19, the FocuSStem NextGen summer intensive at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute invited high school students from Metro Detroit into the operating room, intensive care unit (ICU) and research labs. Students examined slides under the microscope, made incisions during surgery and even put out a fire. How? This year’s FocuSStem NextGen summer intensive cohort attended the program using virtual reality (VR). Each day participants pulled on...

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    Researchers at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute have secured a one-year, $630,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that will help support the Institute’s clinical trials targeting underserved populations in Detroit and in the rural areas that Karmanos serves. CATCH-UP is short for the NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grants to Create Access to Targeted Cancer Therapy for Underserved Populations. The grant supplements Karmanos’ P30 grant, a cancer center core grant that supports the e...

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    Karmanos Specialty Pharmacy (KSP) is pleased to announce that it has received full accreditation from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). This accreditation is valid for three years. The achievement serves as a key differentiator and independent validation of quality. With this designation, KSP is able to continue with its provision of specialty oral oncolytic agents. Additionally, it allows for the provision of agents in other specialized areas, such as HIV, gastroenterology, neurol...

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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...