MCC Members in Action

Beaumont Health offers stage 4 breast cancer support group
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Ashley Mitchell, survivorship program manager with Mercy Health, discussed survivorship on WZZM 13.
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Justin Klamerus, M.D., has been appointed president of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Hospital, the clinical operation of Detroit's Karmanos Cancer Institute. Read more


Max S. Wicha, MD,
director emeritus of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of two renowned researchers being recognized for their work in breast cancer by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held Dec. 6-10.
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Doug Arenberg, MD, associate professor, University of Michigan, discusses preliminary findings from a study regarding maintaining quality tobacco cessation practices.
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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s main campus in Detroit, along with the Farmington Hills campus have been designated Screening Centers of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
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Dr. Gitonga Munene, a West Michigan Cancer Center surgical oncologist , is featured in pancreatic cancer awareness day article.
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Dr. Elisabeth Heath was honored, on November 9, with the MCC inaugural Champion Award for 2016. Read more about Dr. Heath and the Champion Award.
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The Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan is hosting a 2016 Oncology Research Update on Friday, November 18. Read more about this Distinguished Lecture Series offering
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Sisters Network, Inc, with support from Sisters’ Detroit affiliate chapter, hosted the15th National African American Breast Cancer Conference in Detroit Oct. 21-23. Hundreds of African American breast cancer survivors attended the conference which served as a call to action for African American women from around the nation to put their breast health first.
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Dr. Lisa Newman, director of the Breast Cancer Center at Henry Ford Health System, has received a $600,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for Genetics Research.
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Eric Fearon, MD, PhD
, has been named the director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. A nationally recognized investigator in cancer genetics, Dr. Fearon has been part of the University of Michigan faculty for more than 20 years.
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From the Huron Daily Tribune – Hills & Dales General Hospital recently announced its Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist Deb Doherty was elected to the Michigan Cancer Consortium Board of Directors for a three-year term starting in January. Read the article.
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MCC Board member Patrick Gavin is Co-Chair of the Patient Advocate Committee for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology an NCTN Cooperative Group. Alliance patient advocates drafted a resolution on the importance of sharing legacy clinical trial data in a manner to benefit all patients. The resolution is unanimously supported by all NCTN groups and is being used to encourage data sharing on all publically funded clinical trials. Vice President Biden’s office requested a copy of the resolution to support the Cancer Moonshot work.
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Elisabeth Heath, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and William Mayer, MD, MPH of the Federation Care Network, discuss the oral chemotherapy fairness bill in this guest blog in Crain’s Detroit Business.
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What MCC Members and Stakeholders said about Ann Arbor's new Tobacco 21 Law

  • Phillip Stella, MD
  • Doug Arenberg, MD
  • MeiLan Han, MD
  • Angela Clock
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    Susan G. Komen, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Wayne State University
    are sponsoring a breast tissue collection, Get Involved – Be a Tissue Donor, on Saturday, September 24 at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. Women can contribute to breast cancer research.  Pre-Registration is REQUIRED in order to participate. Call 866-763-0047 to inquire about the registration or tissue donation process.

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    Catherine’s Health Center, a non-profit, community-based health facility dedicated to serving low-income residents of Greater Grand Rapids is celebrating 20 years of community service. Their motto of Open Doors, Quality Care ensures  community members receive, high quality, affordable, and compassionate health care. Congratulations!
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    Hiam Hamade (ACCESS Community Health Center) shared her story in a new book so that other Arab women will know what to expect with breast reconstruction.  A number of breast cancer survivors share their story in the new book "Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What's Right for You,'' by retired Detroit Free Press medical writer Patricia Anstett and Free Press Photographer Kathleen Galligan.
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    Ann G. Schwartz, Ph.D., MPH, deputy center director and executive vice president for Research and Academic Affairs at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor and associate chair in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was recently elected to a three-year term on the International Lung Cancer Consortium's Steering Committee. See Press Release

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    The Blue Fund program, offered by the Michigan Institute of Urology's Men's Health Foundation, provides limited, short-term financial assistance to prostate cancer patients in Michigan during active treatment. More information on assistance and how to apply is available.

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    Clinical Oncology News featured an article by Lauren Hamel, PhD, Karmanos Cancer Institute. Financial Burden of Cancer Treatment Runs Deep
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    The Mary Free Bed, YMCA and Flowerland Stores sponsor Cancer Healing and Prevention events
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    MCC Board Member, Pat Gavin, R.Ph., has accepted an invitation to serve on the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Cancer Research Committee.
    Congratulations, Pat!
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    Mahesh Karamchandi, MD
    received a Battle Creek Enquirer George Award for his role in founding the Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition or 5C and his work in improving screening rates and lowering cancer mortality and incidence.
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    Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
    officially dedicated its new Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program. Susan Ford Bales took part in the ceremony and MCC Board member, Lori Pearl-Kraus, PhD, appear in the news segment that accompanies the article.
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    Lisa A. Newman, M.D., MPH, director of the Breast Cancer Program at Henry Ford Health System, has been selected to serve as a Komen Scholar.
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    The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation recieved a nearly $24,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Michigan for a Living Well in Breast Cancer Survivorship program.
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    Munson Medical Center opens new Cowell Family Cancer Center (March 2016)

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    The Michigan Institute of Urology (MIU) Men's Health Foundation has announced The Blue Fund, a program providing short-term financial assistance to qualified men during active treatment for prostate cancer. See the application for assistance guidelines
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    Catherine's Health Center has received two grants that will serve to improve access, screening, and treatment for underserved women and men in the greater Grand Rapids area. Read more.

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    Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center join all other NCI-designated cancer centers urging HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. NCI HPV Consensus Statement - 01/27/2016

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    Samuel Silver, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Chair, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Board of Directors, featured in NCCN press release in support of “Moonshot to Cure Cancer:”

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    Henry Ford Health System has announced 5 Freedom From Smoking classes for 2016.  Classes will be held around the Metro Detroit area throughout the year. Read more

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    Noel Pingatore of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., attended and presented at the National Native Network’s (NNN) annual meeting in Sacramento, California on November 17-18, 2015.  Read more about NNN’s efforts to reduce commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among its communities

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    Dr. Carol Rapson, Red Cedar Oncology, is featured in video about a Lansing-area radio personality diagnosed with colon cancer. See video or read story.

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    The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, including Dr. Maha Hussain, is featured in a prostate cancer research story by Lansing’s WLNS-TV  in their Friends For Life series. Read more

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    Lung cancer patient and Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan share story. Read more

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    ‘No Shave November’ help West Michigan Cancer Center raise awareness of cancer and men’s health. Read more

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    University of Michigan Health System launches new app, Breast Cancer Ally, for breast cancer patients. Read more

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    The Michigan Primary Care Association, through support of Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Workers, boosts breast and cervical cancer screening rates. Read more.

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    University of Michigan Health System Comprehensive Cancer Center study finds that patients are six to ten times more likely to get HPV vaccine after electronic health record prompts. “We found that simply alerting patients and providers during an office appointment increased uptake and completion of the HPV vaccine series,” says Mack Ruffin IV, MD, MPH. Read more.

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    New MCC member, Sisters Network of Greater Detroit, welcomes the Sister Network Inc. 2015 National African American Breast Cancer tour to Detroit for a one-day conference later this month. Read more.

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    The release of the Michigan Cancer Consortium and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2014 annual statewide cancer report along with a news release regarding the breast density notification law have both been picked up by media:

    The Arab American News - State’s annual cancer report stresses importance of overall health and screening

    Midland Daily News - Statewide cancer report stresses importance of overall health, screening

    Michigan Breast Density Notification Law now in effect

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    MCC Board Member, Elisabeth Heath, MD, is featured in the May-June 2015 Top Docs edition of Ambassador Magazine. Read more

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    Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System, University of Michigan Health System and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute featured in “precision medicine” clinical trial initiative article:

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/wellness/2015
    /06/23/cancer-trials/29194553/

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    Five MCC member organizations share progress and lessons learned at the midway point of their comprehensive cancer control community implementation grants.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

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    Michigan health organizations – including MCC member organizations – weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ACA ruling. Read more

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    Beaumont Hospital and University of Michigan are featured in a Detroit Free Press article regarding a "New law: Some women must be notified of mammogram limits".

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    U.P. Health System - Marquette celebrates "Cancer Survivor’s Day" -

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    "Quitting Matters" This article about a patient preparing for surgery features the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium and Michigan Tobacco Quitline.

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    Michael Simon, M.D., MPH, leader of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team and co-leader of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, recently received the 2015 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation McDevitt Excellence in Research Award for Physicians in the area of clinical research. The award was given for his investigation into mammography use and the rates of breast cancer mortality in women 75 years and older.

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    MCC Lung Cancer Early Detection Workgroup member, Doug Arenberg, MD, is quoted in New York Times article On Medicare and Assessing the Value of Lung Cancer Screening

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    A new study published February 16, 2015 in JAMA Internal Medicine shows Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Patient-Centered Medical Home model improved overall cancer screening rates for colon, breast and cervical cancer.
    Source: PR Newswire, March 17, 2015

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    District Health Department #10 is one of 50 grantees the CDC’s Division of Community Health funded through sub-awards to create healthier communities. DHD#10’s grant was through the National WIC Association. Grantees are working to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention and management opportunities. Read more

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    University of Michigan Health System and the American Cancer Society are using a giant inflatable colon exhibit to raise awareness of colorectal cancer screening. Listen to the interview with Dr. Elena Stoffel of U of M’s Cancer Genetics Clinical Program in which she also mentions her colleague and MCC member Dr. Kim Turgeon.  Read more

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    District Health Department #10 is featured in a National Association of County & City Health Officials success story about a local comprehensive cancer control coalition collaborating across county lines to prevent cancer in Northwest Michigan. Read more

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    Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lawrence succeeds Max S. Wicha, M.D., who founded the Cancer Center 27 years ago. Read more

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    ACCESS Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Campaign is featured in The Arab American News. Hiam Hamade, supervisor of the ACCESS Chronic Disease Prevention Program and a breast cancer survivor, is quoted in the article.

    ACCESS

    ACCESS associates from the Community Health and Research Center (L-R) Hoda Eldaou, Hiam Hamade, Ghada Aziz, and Suhir Abdulghafoor.

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    Justin Klamerus, MD, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, receives alum recognition. - Read more

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    Dr. Carolyn Johnston (front row, center) is shown with colleagues and several of the Queen Mothers she collaborates with in Ghana. Queen Mothers are well-regarded women at the community or paramount level who act as advisors to other officials on issues regarding maternal and child health. - Read more

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    Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., clinical director of the breast oncology program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was elected president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. - Read more

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    Tsu-Yin Wu, PhD, director of the Healthy Asian Americans Project, is featured in NBC news article regarding language barriers that persist in Affordable Care Act enrollment.

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    MCC member and Health Disparities Workgroup chair Hayley Thompson, PhD, receives AHRQ grant to study “eHealth Activity among African American and White Cancer Survivors".  - Read more

    Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, University of Michigan Health Systems; Professor of Surgery and Director, Breast Care Center, and current MCC Chair of the Breast Cancer Advisory Committee recently discussed breast cancer on the Today Show  with Joan Lunden and Hoda Kotb – see the segment HERE.  #pinkpower

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    Kent County Health Department (KCHD) receives accreditation by the national Public Health Accreditation Board. KCHD is just the second health department in the state to achieve this high honor.  – Read more

    Sally Cory, KCHD Women's Health Network coordinator, will join the MCC board of directors in January and was interviewed by The Grand Rapids Press and and also by eightWest to talk about Helping Women Detect Cancer Earlier.

    St. Joseph Mercy Health System receives Cancer Research Grant to enable cancer patients to participate in clinical trials in their own communities  – Read more

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    Barry-Eaton District Health Department urges parents to talk to kids about smoking prior to the beginning of the school year – Read more

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    Health Department of Northwest Michigan video being used in a local movie theater to increase awareness of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening with information on how to access their direct service programs – Read more

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    MPRO

    Farmington Hills, MI - July 24, 2014 - MPRO was informed that we received a 5-year contract from CMS to serve as the state of Michigan’s Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO). MPRO received this contract in partnership with QIN-QIOs in Minnesota (Stratis Health), and Wisconsin (MetaStar). MPRO is very excited about this opportunity and look forward to being able to continue to help improve the health care for Medicare Beneficiaries in our state.

    For additioanl details, please click here for a copy of the news release.

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    St. John Providence Health System recently hosted the giant colon in recognition of March being colorectal cancer awareness month. As part of the awareness activities, MCC co-chair Dr. Ernie Drelichman gave a lecture on colorectal cancer.

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    Sally Mellema, MPH, District Health Department #10, will be one of the featured panelists in a webinar, “Partnering with Worksites to Promote Cancer Screening,” (sponsored by the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Colorectal Cancer Screening Program).

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    MCC Prostate Cancer Action Committee co-chair, Ted Skolarus, MD,  is one of the authors of the new American Cancer Society prostate cancer survivorship care guidelines.