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January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, last year this terrible disease caused more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., and nearly 13,000 new cases emerged. Fortunately, the institutions of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium invest time, energy and resources into fighting this avoidable and treatable malady in this country and around the world. Here’s a look at some of the important work happening at Big Ten universities. Wisconsin Because of advanced detection and surgical techniques, cervical cancer is often treatable in the U.S. But developing countries like Bangladesh, it’s commonly among the
Claiming more than half a million lives per year, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease. More people die from some form of cancer than the next three causes (chronic respiratory diseases, stroke and various accidents) combined. The cancer centers of member universities of the Big Ten teamed up to combat this deadly affliction. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC), which was little more than an idea in 2011, began its clinical trial working groups last year, and it’s stepping up on sharing information about the various major initiatives of the
When former University of Illinois engineering student Mallory Casperson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she got high-quality medical care. Today, she’s three years cancer-free. She gave credit to her oncologists and others who helped her overcome the disease, while noting that they didn’t provide as much emotional support as she expected. Not that they had to — after all, that’s not their job. “The kind of lifestyle and personal treatment you get from a doctor varies from physician to physician,” Casperson said. “A lot of physicians are just into being a doctor and don’t necessarily have a helpful ear to
“When cancer touches someone that is a peer, it really changes your perspective,” Kelley Griesmer says. Griesmer’s perspective was altered when her friend, Tom Lennox, was diagnosed with cancer at age 40. Lennox beat cancer, but the emotion did not stop. In fact, it grew from Griesmer and other friends to the city of Columbus. Lennox, who moved from New York to Columbus, Ohio, after getting married, joined forces with the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center to make a difference. In 2008, Lennox and Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Mike Caligiuri went on a 163-mile bike ride in Cape