MCC Members in Action

A Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) video features MCC Board Member Pat Gavin, R.Ph. Gavin, a patient advocate for SU2C, provides the perspective of a cancer patient.
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Kent County Health Department
Honored for Excellence in Public Health – KCHD is 1 of only 3 in U.S. to Win Multiple Awards
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Dr. Lauren Hamel, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University, received a R21 research grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
This study is the first to use video-recorded oncology treatment discussions to systematically examine and compare the subtle and unconscious but meaningful nature of synchronous behavior in racially concordant (the patient and physician are the same race) and racially discordant (the patient and physician are different races) and how the extent of that synchrony contributes to racial disparities in cancer treatment. It will provide a nuanced understanding of why racial disparities in cancer treatment persist and the foundational data to develop interventions to reduce those disparities. This is especially critical for a city like Detroit, in which 82% of the population is Black.
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Connie Szczepanek, Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan, had an article featured in the Journal of Oncology Practice: Feasibility of a Centralized Clinical Trials Coverage Analysis: A Joint Initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Cancer Institute.
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Hayley Thompson, PhD, has received the inaugural Spirit of Community 2017 Faculty Engagement Award from Wayne State University.
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Catherine’s Health Center
has received a $35,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation
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Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University are receiving grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct the nation’s largest study (Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors – ROCS) of factors affecting African Americans with cancer. Ann G. Schwartz, PhD, MPH, and Terrance Albrecht, PhD, will lead the research.
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Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been appointed to Associate Center Director for Translational Sciences. See the press release
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West Michigan Cancer Center
is using exercise program, “Survivorcise,” to help cancer survivors recover.
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Catherine’s Health Center has received a $26,300 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Breast Cancer Awareness Program. See Press Release
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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
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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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