Like many people, Diana Mummert attempted to quit smoking periodically throughout her adult life without long-term success. It took a scare--two suspicious nodules in her lungs in 2013--to give her the motivation to kick the habit for good.
For many people with abdominal cancer, the diagnosis comes late--when the disease has advanced and traditional surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments are less effective. The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Cancer Center offers an innovative approach for advanced abdominal cancers that combines cytoreductive surgery--removal of visible tumor--with the application of chemotherapy directly to the affected area of the body.
University of Cincinnati researchers played a pivotal role in two recent cancer studies in which he used bioinformatics--specifically, public domain genomics data--to help identify a tumor suppressor gene's role in human cancers. The approach took the work out of animal models and moved it into computer analysis.
The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute is moving forward, with a strategic plan built around comprehensive, disease-based centers of excellence and an appointed leadership team to guide the overall institute's efforts.
Cancer research is something senior clinical trials research coordinator Ruth Steele says is "near and dear" to her heart and gives her a great deal of motivation.
As the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute continues to grow, the health system is changing the way it delivers supportive services to ensure patients' holistic needs are met. UC Medical Center recently launched a dedicated outpatient social work service to support various units across the medical center, with a strong focus on oncology.
In the past four decades, scientific reports have shown that melanoma is increasing at an alarming rate across the world. May is National Melanoma Awareness month, and as we kick off the summer season UC Cancer Institute melanoma specialists say it is important to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer and seek evaluation.
Richard Godby has always felt drawn to medicine. He's enthralled by the scientific discovery process. His biomedical engineering undergrad experience ingrained in him the value of translational research--moving promising ideas beyond the lab bench and into clinical application. This, teamed with his interest in medical research, led him to pursue a co-op in the lab of UC Cancer Institute researcher Vladimir Bogdanov, PhD.