“Oncologists actually are now optimists. When I started out in this business we were a bunch of pessimists,” Druker told a crowd at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. “We’re seeing results we never thought imaginable.”
For a taping of Live Wire Radio, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker, M.D., shared the stage with the indie rock band Blind Pilot, comedian Phoebe Robinson, and Bill Oakley, a writer for “The Simpsons.”
Colorectal cancer mortality rates (per 100,000) are as much as six times higher in red counties than in those colored dark blue. (Source: NCI SEER data 2007-2011)
To prevent deaths from colon cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends no less than eight different screening approaches for average-risk individuals, beginning at age 50.
There is no definitive evidence that one program is superior to another, but they all depend on access to high-quality colonoscopy, which is far from guaranteed, says David Lieberman, M.D., a professor of medicine and head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Oregon Health & Science University. And some screening programs require adherence to multiple steps to be effective, says Lieberman, co-author of a new review of colon cancer screening in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The writers propose that quality should be monitored closely in any screening program recommended in a primary care setting.
Cancer researchers have uncovered a signaling link – like a Snapchat between cells – that could be used to make tumors more vulnerable to therapy.
Sudarshan Anand, Ph.D., (left) and Cristina Espinosa, Ph.D., a post doctoral researcher in his lab. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
It is a signaling mode that’s also active in severe autoimmune diseases. In the new study published online Friday in Nature Communications, researchers showed that boosting the signal in a mice with tumors made cancer cells suffer more DNA damage from cancer drugs. It also blocked the growth of new blood vessels needed to sustain tumors and it increased survival of study animals.
McKenna, an incredibly optimistic 11-year-old, has had 16 surgeries and continues to cope with the after-effects of brain cancer.
Sarah’s doctors have called her recovery from aggressive brain cancer a miracle.
Carolyn, a multiple myeloma patient, and her husband Dennis had to leave their home in Bend for nearly two months for her to receive treatment.
Their stories convey what it means to have a home for healing during times of crisis. They are told in a video series launched this week by the OHSU Foundation to raise support for the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a guest house scheduled to open on Portland’s South Waterfront in 2019 that will be funded entirely by private philanthropy.