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MCW Cancer/Oncology News

Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing on July 14 to benefit MCW cancer research

April 24 - The ninth annual Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing will take place Monday, July 14, at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Rock concert on May 10 to benefit MCW cancer research

April 22 - On Saturday, May 10, Shattered, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and Substitute, a tribute to The Who, will perform in a concert to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Tickets are $10, payable at the door the night of the event. Guests must be 21 years of age or older or accompanied by a legal guardian. The concert will take place at Shank Hall in Milwaukee.

Nationally renowned cancer disparities researcher Dr. Terrance Albrecht to speak on campus April 17

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is hosting a special talk by Teri Albrecht, PhD, on Thursday, April 17, from 3-4 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Auditorium. Dr. Albrecht, who is Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Leader of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, will give a presentation titled, Reducing Cancer Health Disparities through Community-Engaged Research.

Governor Walker signs Cancer Treatment Fairness Act at Clinical Cancer Center

April 07 - On Thursday, April 4, with more than 300 patients, advocates, and members of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin communities in attendance at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, Governor Scott Walker signed the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, Senate Bill 300, into law.

Deadline extended to submit posters for the June 6 MCW Cancer Center scientific retreat

April 07 - The MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat will focus on creating connections and partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 2014, at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee.

Governor Walker Signs Oral Chemotherapy Bill

Apr 7 - Governor Scott Walker signed into law that requires insurance companies to provide the same type of coverage to oral chemotherapies as traditional chemotherapies delivered intravenously. Fox 6 News

Waukesha 10-Year-Old Raises Funds for Cancer Center in His Grandfather’s Memory

Apr 3 - Waukesha Now published a feature article on 10-year-old Jacob Sharp who raised $330 for the MCW Cancer Center in his grandfather’s memory. WaukeshaNOW

Dr. Ludwig Discusses Incidence of Colorectal Cancer

Apr 3 - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Fox 6 News & Living Lake Country

Wine dinner at The Capital Grille to benefit Medical College Cancer Center

April 02 -The Capital Grille in Milwaukee will host a wine dinner Sunday, April 27, to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center and the Peter K. Antaramian Fund for Cancer Research at MCW.

Laughing for a Cure event on April 25 to raise funds for abdominal cancer research

Mar. 31 - The second annual Laughing for a Cure will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café, 615 E. Brady Street. Proceeds from the event, which will include three live comics, will go to the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which supports innovative abdominal cancer research.

Milwaukee Woman Spreads Awareness About Colon Cancer

Mar 28 - Fox 6 profiled a local women who battled colon cancer five years ago, and is now an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness. Fox 6 News

Bon-Ton Stores Raise $375,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Mar 26 - The Concord (NH) Monitor reports that Bon-Ton Stores nationwide (Boston Store in Wisconsin) raised $375,000 through its annual Charge Against Breast Cancer campaign. Concord Monitor

Amended Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly

Mar 26 - The Wisconsin Assembly passed an amended bill that would require health insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hari Explains Benefits of Oral Chemotherapy

Mar 26 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari told ABC-TV/Channel 12 that oral chemotherapy can better target cancer over time and fight it better than an intravenous treatment. WISN-TV

Oconomowoc Man Defeats Colon Cancer

Mar 25 - The Oconomowoc Focus profiled a local man who was treated for colon cancer at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Oconomowoc Focus

Late alumnus founds patient library in Clinical Cancer Center

A gift from the estate of Myron B. Minko, MD ’76, has been used to create a new library and resource center in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

Alumna Profile-Linda Resar

Dr. Linda Resar, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been studying high mobility group genes for two decades. Her passion for research began nearly 30 years ago at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Rarely-Used Procedure Thwarts Wisconsin Senate Vote on Oral Chemotherapy Legislation

Mar 18 - Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald employed a rarely-used procedure to avoid a Senate vote on a bill that would require health insurance coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Thomas Discusses Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

Mar 18 - Dr. James Thomas discusses the importance of colon cancer screening with the Waukesha Freeman. Greater Milwaukee Today

Dr. Jacobsohn Provides Background Information on Prostate Cancer

Mar 18 - Dr. Kenneth Jacobsohn provides background information on prostate cancer for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas’ announcement that he is being treated for the disease. WISN-TV

Dr. Campbell Expresses Concern over Unknown Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Mar 18 - Dr. Bruce Campbell notes that there are still too many unknowns about the side effects and risks of exposure to carcinogens posed by electronic cigarettes. Today's TMJ4

Inspirational 10-year-old's donation to the MCW Cancer Center

March 19 - Jacob Sharp is not your ordinary 10-year-old boy. Not only does this Cub Scout give his extra birthday money to help other kids in need, but on Friday, Feb. 28, Jacob and his family arrived at the MCW Cancer Center with a check to support cancer research. “To remember my grandpa, I wanted to do something to make a difference and help other people facing cancer,” said Jacob.

Rock River Cancer Research Foundation awards $75,000 to MCW investigator

Mar. 13 - The Rock River Cancer Research Foundation will award $75,000 to a Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) breast cancer scientist to fund her research.

Polar Plunge Cancer Fundraising Event Memorializes Froedtert Employee

Mar 11 - “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research,” was held on March 8 at Nagawicka Lake in Hartland. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Browning Discusses Fond du Lac Infant’s Battle against Adrenal Cancer

Mar 11 - Dr. Meghen Browning discusses a Fond du Lac infant’s battle against adrenocortical carcinoma. Post Crescent

Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge to benefit cancer research

Mar. 07 - Brave souls will take the plunge to support cancer research this Saturday morning at Nagawicka Lake in Hartland. “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research” kicks off at 11 a.m. March 8. The event is held in memory of Ellen Smith, a Froedtert Hospital employee who died from gastric cancer last fall at the age of 59.

Women for MACC Host PastaFest Fundraising Event

Mar 5 - Women for MACC discuss their PastaFest fundraising event on NBC-TV/Channel 4’s “Morning Blend.” The Morning Blend (Today's TMJ4)

MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat scheduled for June 6

Mar. 06 - The MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat will focus on creating connections and partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 2014, at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee.

Wearable Art Show in Cedarburg to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Mar. 06 - The 17th Wearable Art Show, organized by the Cedarburg Junior Woman's Club, will be held March 28 and 29 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg. All of the events are open to the public. Proceeds benefit breast cancer education, prevention, research and treatment. To date, this organization has donated $18,500 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Mary Horowitz, MD, MS receives 2014 ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award

Mar. 05 - By virtue of a unanimous decision from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Executive Committee, Mary Horowitz, MD, MS, was presented with the 2014 ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award during the ASBMT Awards and Business Meeting on Feb. 28, 2014. Dr. Horowitz is the Robert A. Uihlein, Jr. Chair in Hematologic Research, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology and Oncology. She serves as Chief Scientific Director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).

Research changes views on breast cancer

A research collaboration is helping to eliminate obstacles to breast cancer screening among African American women in central Milwaukee. Research collaborators include members of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Froedtert Hospital, and community leaders and advocates.

History of 2014 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Mansion Detailed

Feb 25 - Urban Milwaukee details the history of the Randy Bryant and Cecilia Gore mansion on Milwaukee’s East Side, built in 1901. Urban Milwaukee

Cyclists Ride Stationary Bikes to Raise Funds for Cancer Center

Feb 25 - The 14th annual Ridin’ for Research event will be held March 2 at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer. Hundreds of cyclists will ride stationary bikes in the event to raise funds for the MCW Cancer Center. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Harker-Murray Discusses Advances in Treating Metastatic Melanoma

Feb 25 - Dr. Amy Harker-Murray discusses the advances made in treating metastatic melanoma in a Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on the increased incidence of melanoma among women in their 20s. Fox 6 News

Bergstrom Automotive continues support of MCW Cancer Center through its Drive for a Cure event

Feb. 25 - Guests of Bergstrom Automotive in Appleton, Wis., had the opportunity this summer to raise money for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin while test driving some unique vehicles. Bergstrom’s annual Drive for a Cure set a record for funds raised in 2013, contributing nearly $56,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge on March 8 to benefit cancer research

Feb. 25 - Brave souls are invited to plunge into Nagawicka Lake on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., as part of “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research.” The event is held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who died of gastric cancer last fall at the age of 59.

Medical College among State Health Organizations Backing Oral Chemotherapy Bill

Feb 18 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that MCW and Aurora Health Care are among Wisconsin health care organizations that support legislation that would require health insurance companies to cover costs for oral chemotherapy medications used in place of infusion therapy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Brandow Receives American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award

Feb 18 - Dr. Amanda Brandow received the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award. Dr. Brandow will receive $150,000 over a three- year period for her research into sickle cell disease. WauwatosaNOW

Cancer patient, family form Triumph Fund to help MCW expand cancer clinical trials

Feb. 18 - It didn’t take long for John Hovel to transition from cancer patient to cancer research advocate as his health improved through treatment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). With his wife and daughters, he has established The Triumph Fund, which is leading a charge to raise funds to support cancer clinical trials at the MCW Cancer Center.

Oncology nurse practitioners write award-winning book

Feb. 18 - Two pediatric oncology nurse practitioners at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin edited and helped author an award-winning book entitled, Telephone Triage: A Professional Resource for Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Nurses. The book was named a gold award winner in the book/manual/catalogue category of the 2013 Association TRENDS All Media Contest.

Women in Their 20’s Increasingly at Risk for Melanoma Skin Cancer

Feb 17 - Amy Harker-Murray, MD, discusses the warning signs of melanoma, and the groups most at risk of developing skin cancer, in a story that aired on WITI-TV. Fox 6 News

Sickle cell specialist wins national hematology award

Feb. 14 - Amanda Brandow, DO, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is a recipient of the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award.

Dr. Arce-Lara to Discuss Cancers Impacting Black Women at Kenosha Event

Feb 12 - Dr. Carlos Arce-Lara will discuss cancers that significantly impact black women at a free community event in Kenosha on February 18. The Journal Times

Graduate student aims at brain research

Using technology and tools that the Medical College of Wisconsin was a world leader in developing, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and her faculty mentor are pursuing brain research with potential to benefit cancer patients.

WBCS donations to Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center surpass $5 million

Feb. 12 - With its latest donation of $350,000, the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse has raised its cumulative contributions to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center to $5.1 million, but the impact of the organization’s support is beyond measure.

Researchers Find Two Distinct Patterns of Genetic Alteration in Invasive Bladder Cancer

Feb 6 - MCW researchers are co-authors of a Roswell Park Cancer Institute-led study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found that invasive bladder cancers demonstrate two distinct patterns of genetic alteration, one of which may result from defects in cells' ability to replicate. Medical News Today

Registration now open for Ridin’ for Research Spin-a-thon Cancer Center benefit

Jan. 21 - Indoor cycling (“spinning”) enthusiasts can now register for the 14th annual Ridin’ for Research fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, March 2, at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer. Interested people are encouraged to register soon because this popular event, which benefits the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, often sells out.

Family’s Struggle with Uterine Cancer Leads to Creation of Cancer Research Fundraising Event

Jan 21 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 prepared a feature report on the Ellenbecker family’s struggle with uterine cancer and the creation of the Strikes for Hope charity bowling event. Fox 6 News

Strikes for Hope Bowling Event Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Jan 20 - A bowling outing to raise funds for the MCW Cancer Center was featured on WITI-TV. WITI-TV

Recent legislative advocacy efforts by MCW faculty members

Dec. 03 - 2013 has been a busy year for everyone at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and the last month has been no exception for MCW’s Office of Government & Community Relations (GCR). The entire GCR team would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following MCW faculty members for their outstanding legislative advocacy efforts

Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament Supports Cancer Research

Jan 13 - The sixth annual Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament will be held on January 18 in Menomonee Falls. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Thakar Discusses Clinical Trial Funded by Pablove Foundation

Jan 13 - Dr. Monica Thakar discusses a promising clinical trial made possible by the Pablove Foundation in an OnMilwaukee.com article profiling Jo Ann Thrailkill, co-founder of the Pablove Foundation. OnMilwaukee.com

Dr. Hohenwalter Discusses Use of TheraSphere to Treat Liver Cancer

Jan 13 - Dr. Eric Hohenwalter discusses the use of TheraSphere to treat liver cancer on Fox-TV/Channel 6. Fox 6 News

Dr. Hohenwalter Discusses Use of TheraSphere to Treat Liver Cancer

Jan 10 - Dr. Eric Hohenwalter discusses the use of TheraSphere to treat liver cancer. NewsmaxHealth

Pink Tie Gala on Feb. 8 to benefit WBCS and MCW Cancer Center

Jan. 09 - The fifth annual Pink Tie Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee Street, Delafield. The event is hosted by the Delafield Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with WBCS, Inc., and proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at the MCW Cancer Center.

Dr. Ellen Velie Named to Hold Joan A. Van Deuren Chair in Breast Cancer Research

Jan 7 - Cancer researcher Ellen Velie, PhD, MPH, has been named to a joint appointment between MCW and UWM. At MCW, she will serve as the Joan A. Van Deuren Professor in Breast Cancer Research. WauwatosaNOW

Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament on Jan. 18 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Jan. 03 - The sixth annual Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Classic Lanes in Menomonee Falls. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center for cancer research. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Northwestern Mutual Donates $2 Million to Create Day Hospital for Cancer Patients

Dec 27 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $2 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Children with cancer receive $2 million boost

Dec. 19 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a $2 million gift from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to support children with cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, within the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders.

$1 Million Donation Supports Cancer Center’s Translational Research Unit

Dec 18 - The Nicholas Family Foundation donated $1 million to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. Nursing

Dr. Scott Supports Plan to Report Hospital Performance on Newborn Screening Metrics

Dec 11 - Dr. J. Paul Scott endorses a new Wisconsin plan to issue monthly quality assurance reports to hospitals on how they perform in newborn screening metrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Lawton Issues Statement on Increase of Self-Referrals to Urologist-Owned IMRT Facilities

Nov 26 - A New England Journal of Medicine “Special Article” identifies a 19.2 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 in the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer patients by urologists who self-refer to their own in-office IMRT centers. Oncology Times

Rare Rotationplasty Surgery Provides Child with New Knee Joint

Nov 26 - NBC-TV/Channel 4 reports on a rare rotationplasty procedure surgery performed by Dr. John C. Neilson with colleagues at Froedtert and Children’s. 620WTMJ News Radio

Benefit Concerts Support MCW Cancer Center

Nov 19 - Benefit concerts raises raising funds for the MCW Cancer Center. Fox 6 News

Dr. Kilari Discusses Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Nov 19 - Dr. Deepak Kilari discusses prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment options on WTMJ-AM. WTMJ-AM

Dr. Hari Provides Background Information on Amyloidosis

Nov 12 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari discusses the case of a patient being treated for breast cancer who was discovered to have amyloidosis. He explains that amyloidosis is a potentially life-threatening blood disease. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Erickson Comments on Study on Radiation of Early Breast Cancer

Nov 12 - Dr. Beth Erickson provides an editorial endorsement in The Oncology Report on a study whose findings show that a decade after treatment for early-stage breast cancer, women who underwent surgery and radiation had higher survival rates than women who had surgery alone, with no increase in radiation-related cardiac or secondary cancer deaths. The Oncology Report

Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit celebrates 100th patient

Nov. 13 - On Thursday, Nov. 7, the nurses, coordinators and pharmacists who support the Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU) celebrated its 100th patient.

Funds Raised to Create Dr. David A. Margolis Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

Nov 8 - The Go Bo! Foundation in northeast Wisconsin donated $75,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin toward the creation of the Dr. David A. Margolis Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant. Doory County Advocate

Dr. Gore Notes Importance of Early Detection of Lung Cancer for Improved Survival Rates

Nov 8 - Dr. Elizabeth Gore discusses a new American Lung Association web-based tool to help individuals determine if they should be screened for lung cancer. Dr. Gore notes that earlier detection leads to improved survival rates. Wisconsin Public Radio

Dr. Hari Discusses Importance of Proposed Cancer Treatment Fairness Act

Nov 8 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari discusses the importance of the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act being considered by the Wisconsin legislature which would require insurers to cover oral chemotherapy treatment in the same way they cover intravenous chemotherapy. Fox 6 News

Cancer Treatment Fairness Act looks to eliminate disparity in chemo coverage

Oct 30 - Parameswaran Hari, MD, MS, the Armand Quick – William Stapp Professor of Hematology and director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, discussed a proposal that would mandate insurance coverage of oral chemotherapies. WITI-TV

Cancer Fundraising Event Supports Breast Cancer Research, Patient Care

Oct 29 - The Knocking Out Breast Cancer, Rocking the Runway Against Cancer 2013 event was held on October 20 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee Courier

Win-win: Boston store coupon book saves you money and benefits MCW

Oct. 25 - Packed with valuable coupons, the Bon-Ton (Boston Store) “Community Day” booklet is now available for $5. The booklet contains more than $500 in special in-store and online coupons that can be used at Boston Store on Nov. 15-16, and the entire $5 purchase price benefits the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Erickson Comments on Study Identifying Side Effect of Sulfasalazine

Oct 22 - Dr. Beth Erickson provides expert comment in the Oncology Report on a study that found that the drug sulfasalazine may worsen severe diarrhea as a complication of pelvic irradiation. Oncology Report

$1 Million Gift Creates Clinical Cancer Center Translational Research Unit

Oct 22 - The Nicholas Family Foundation donated $1 million to Froedtert to establish a Translational Research Unit in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. Milwaukee Business Journal & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New Drug Could Ease Pain of Sickle Cell Disease

Oct 22 - Joshua Field, MD, is primary investigator of a clinical trial investigating the use of an existing drug to alleviate the pain of sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pink bun alert: Sobelman’s Burgers hosting breast cancer fundraiser on Oct. 27

Oct. 22 - All day Sunday, Oct. 27, you can enjoy a juicy burger and support breast cancer research at the same time.

Researchers seek best defense against melanoma with help from Ann’s Hope

Oct. 17 - Each donation that Ann’s Hope Foundation has provided to Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center researchers has brought them one step closer to finding a way to halt the growth of a deadly form of skin cancer.

Proceeds from Fashion Show Benefit the Breast Cancer Center

Oct 14 - The October 20 “Flippin for a Cure” fashion show at the Milwaukee Art Museum will benefit the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Center. TheMorningBlend.com

Dr. Lawton Comments on Report that Radiation is Overused for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Oct 14 - Dr. Colleen Lawton provides expert comment on a study reported in JAMA that most men given radiation to control pain from advanced prostate cancer undergo more treatments than they really need. DoctorsLounge

Pancreatic cancer research tissue bank serves as tribute to man’s passion for life

Oct. 16 - Ronald Burklund Eich had already survived cancer. It was, in fact, his three-year anniversary of being colon cancer-free when his oncologist noticed an area of concern during Eich’s quarterly follow-up screening in 2011. The spot was on his pancreas.

Translational Research Unit opening soon

Oct. 16 - The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU), a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, will have five dedicated research beds with the ability to expand to 15. The new unit is located in the Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center.

Faculty and staff don their leathers to raise money for cancer research

Oct. 15 - On Sept. 27-28, faculty and staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin participated in the 19th annual Ridin' to a Cure motorcycle ride. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefitted the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. The event was sponsored by Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter.

Translational Research Unit Opening Soon

Oct 14 - The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU), a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, will have five dedicated research beds with the ability to expand to 15. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Chitambar Discusses Research to Prevent Fatigue from Chemotherapy

Oct 14 - As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WTMJ-AM interviewed Dr. Christopher Chitambar about his research to prevent fatigue caused by chemotherapy. WTMJ-AM

Dr. Malarkannan Receives Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Oct 14 - Subramaniam Malarkannan, PhD, received a $100,000 grant from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to study leukemias and lymphomas. BizTimes

Harley Owners Event Raises $154,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Oct 8 - The Rock River Harley Owners Chapter raised $154,000 at their 19th annual Breast Cancer Ride. The event supports the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that funded a $1 million endowed chair at MCW. Watertown Daily News

Dr. Shah-Khan Reports on Measurement System to Determine Lymph Node Positivity

Oct 8 - Dr. Miraj Shah-Khan reported that the distance of a breast cancer from a woman’s nipple added to the ability of nomograms to predict sentinel lymph node positivity. Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network

Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk for colon cancer prevention and research planned for Oct. 12

Oct. 03 - The third annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run and walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The event supports the Medical College of Wisconsin’s programs for colon cancer research, education, prevention and screening. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, claiming more than 54,000 lives every year.

‘KISS Cancer Goodbye’ Rock Spectacular on November 16 to Benefit MCW Cancer Research

Oct. 01 - An evening of high energy entertainment from Milwaukee’s KISS tribute band, “Dr. Love,” the regional touring act “Circleswitch” and the acoustic duo “Gabriel v2” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Rooters Nightclub in Waukesha. A minimum donation of $10 is required for admission to the event, and proceeds from the evening will benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Program Only One in Milwaukee Area

Sept 30 - An article in M Magazine follows the care provided to a patient with a rare form of lymphoma through the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin outpatient bone marrow transplant program. M Magazine

“Ridin’ for Research” Benefit Supports Breast Cancer Research

Sept 24 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 19th annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on September 27 and 28 in Oconomowoc. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Walker Notes that Four out of Five Breast Lumps are Benign

Sept 24 - Dr. Alonzo Walker notes that four out of every five breast lumps are benign in an article in Self magazine. Self

Dr. Yen Receives Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award

Sept 17 - Dr. Tina Yen received the James Ewing Foundation / Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s Annual Cancer Symposium. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Tina Yen wins $100,000 Clinical Investigator Award

Sept. 12 - Tina Yen, MD, MS, a surgical oncologist and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was presented with a James Ewing Foundation/Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s annual Cancer Symposium. The two-year award promotes patient-oriented research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Get a jump start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Boston Store’s Pink Shop

Sept. 10 - Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., parent company of Boston Store, is opening its annual “Pink Shop” early this year, on Sept. 18, providing additional time to purchase items that benefit breast cancer research. In the past, this promotion has taken place only during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sporting Clays for a Cure Event to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

Sept 9 - The MACC Fund will be the beneficiary of funds raised at the first annual Sporting Clays for a Cure event in Waukesha on September 27. WaukeshaNOW

Cancer Center Joins Elekta Clinical Development Consortium

Sept 9 - In a stock performance report published in the Wall Street Journal, Elekta, a Swedish cancer technology firm, announced that the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is the fifth member of a clinical development consortium that combines treatments with advanced MRI technology. Wall Street Journal

Lieutenant Governor Discusses Treatment for Colon Cancer

Sept 9 - Rebecca Kleefisch said she did her research before selecting Dr. Kurt Ludwig to treat her for Stage 2 colon cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Researchers Develop Software Tool for Cancer Genomics

Sept 4 - MCW researchers report in the American Journal of Human Genetics that they have developed a new bioinformatics software tool designed to more easily identify genetic mutations responsible for cancers. ScienceDaily

Ridin’ to a Cure with the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation

Sept. 04 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 19th annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on Sept. 27 and 28 in Oconomowoc. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Rebecca Kleefisch Settled into Job

Sept 3 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and discussed her battle with colon cancer during her campaign. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Beads, buttons, and breast cancer research: local company donates $18,000 to MCW

Sept 3 - Kalmbach Publishing Company presented for approximately $18,000 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) on Aug. 22.

Bergstrom’s Drive for a Cure Raises $55,000 for Cancer Center

Aug 28 - Bergstrom Automotive’s two-day Drive for a Cure fundraiser in the Fox Valley raised $55,747 to support breast cancer research at MCW’s Cancer Center. Appleton Post-Crescent

Bon-Ton Stores Set $500,000 Goal to Support Breast Cancer Research

Aug 27 - MCW’s Cancer Center will be a recipient of funds raised by Bon-Ton Stores (Boston Store) annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities in October. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Tracy Wang discusses successful faculty recruitment and retention in AAMC publication

Aug 21 - Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology) and Chief of Endocrine Surgery, contributed an article to the summer issue of GWIMS Watch, a publication of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science.

Protect the Package© golf outing on Sept. 21 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 20 - The Protect the Package© golf outing will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Scenic View Golf Course Club in Slinger, Wisconsin, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support basic science research efforts in prostate and other men’s cancers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Bead & Button Show Raises $18,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Aug 19 - Kalmbach Publishing Company is donating approximately $18,000 to MCW for breast cancer research. WauwatosaNOW

Bowling and burgers to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 19 - The Rock River Cancer Research Foundation is planning two upcoming events to benefit the MCW Cancer Center – a bowling fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 25, and a $1 donation from every hamburger sold at Sobelmanns Pub ‘n Grill on Friday, Aug. 30.

Beads, buttons, and breast cancer research: local company donates $18,000 to MCW

Aug 13 - Kalmbach Publishing Company will present a check for approximately $18,000 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Aug. 22.

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin elevated to full member of Gynecologic Oncology Group

Aug 12 - Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have been elevated to full membership in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded cooperative cancer research group. This promotion from provisional membership is due, in part, to a substantial increase in patients enrolled in studies and a very positive GOG audit of our facilities and programs, and allows the Froedtert & The Medical College program to more fully participate in GOG-sponsored clinical trials focused on gynecologic malignancies.

Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 07 - The 8th annual Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing for Cancer Research will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Edgewater Golf Club in Grafton. Registration and a self-serve lunch begin at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. tee-off. Proceeds from the event will support breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Test drive the car of your dreams and support MCW breast cancer research

Aug 07 - On Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, Bergstrom Automotive in Appleton will host Drive for a Cure, a two-day event to support breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. From 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on both days, a special fleet of 100 Bergstrom vehicles including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, Audi, MINI, Infiniti, and Fiat will be available to test drive on a 12-mile course. For each mile driven, Bergstrom Automotive will donate $1 to breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Dr. Horowitz Inducted into Association of American Physicians

May 20 - Dr. Mary Horowitz was inducted into the Association of American Physicians. WauwatosaNOW

$10 Million Gift from MACC Fund to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

June 26 - The MACC Fund will give $10 million over ten years to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Aaron Rodgers Promotes, Raises Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

May 6 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article highlights Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers efforts to promote and raise funds for the MACC Fund. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Authors of Cancer Survival Study Credit MCW, CIBMTR for Database Information

May 27 - A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that survival rates have increased significantly among patients who received blood stem cell transplants from both related and unrelated donors. Medical Xpress

Beat Breast Cancer Golf Outing on Aug. 17 to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Jul 10 - The 8th annual Beat Breast Cancer Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Fairways of Woodside in Sussex. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a golf scramble with a shotgun start at noon.

Breast cancer screening and preventive health focus of Science Café

Jun 11 - The Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a Science Café at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location Tuesday, June 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. The theme of the café is “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health,” and the featured speaker is Alonzo Walker, MD, the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and a surgical oncologist practicing at Froedtert Hospital.

Cancer Center scientists’ discovery in cancer metastasis featured on cover of Science Signaling

Jun 25 - MCW cancer researcher Carol L. Williams, PhD, and her research team have identified a way to block receptors that might be responsible for signaling lung, breast, and pancreatic cancer metastasis. This work, including a cover picture of cancer cells moving away from each other when the receptors are active, was published in the May 28th issue of Science Signaling.

Documentary Aimed to Increase Awareness about Breast Cancer Treatment

June 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are producing a documentary that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer risk and treatment among low-income or underinsured African-American women. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing on July 20 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

Jul 02 - The 20th annual Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 20, at the Camelot Country Club in Lomira, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds from this event will support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Dr. Chitambar Describes the Importance of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Support

June 24 - Dr. Christopher Chitambar describes the importance of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse’s support of breast cancer research at MCW in a Fox/Channel 6 report on charitable donations. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Chitambar Explains How Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

May 1 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. Christopher Chitambar explains how alcohol consumption can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Drobyski Finds Greater Risk for Multiple Myeloma Patients of Engraftment Syndrome

July 17 - Dr. William Drobyski is lead author of a study in the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation that found that mul­ti­ple myeloma patients are at an increased risk of engraftment syndrome following stem cell transplantation, compared to patients with lym­pho­ma. The Myeloma Beacon

Dr. Drobyski Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Graft Versus Host Disease

July 17 - Dr. William Drobyski received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study graft versus host disease, a major complication associated with bone marrow transplants. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Hijjawi Discusses Increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women with BRCA Genetic Mutation

May 13 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. John Hijjawi discussed the increased risk of breast cancer for women with a BRCA genetic mutation. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Holland Provides Recommendations on Sunscreen Lotions for Children

June 3 - Dr. Kristen Holland provides expert comment on selecting sunscreen lotions for children in an ABC/Channel 12 report. ABC/WISN-TV

Dr. Jogal Praises Observant Mother; Child Diagnosed with Retinoblastoma

May 13 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. Sachin Jogal praises a Belgium, Wisconsin, mother for her observation that something was wrong with her infant’s eye. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Pingali Finds No Improved Benefits for Surveillance Imaging of Hodgkin Disease Patients

July 17 - In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Sai Ravi Pingali reported that routine surveillance imaging does not improve clinical outcomes in patients with classic Hodgkin disease who are in first complete remission and it sharply increases costs. The Oncology Report

Dr. See Comments on Importance of Prostate Screening Tests

May 27 - Dr. William See provides expert comment on a Fox/Channel 6 report about free prostate screenings that were provided by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin at Miller Park on May 29. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Thomas Contributes to Story on Patient Who Beat Stage Four Colon Cancer

May 20 - Dr. James Thomas provided expert comment on a Fox/Channel 6 report of female firefighter who successfully recovered from stage four colon cancer. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Walker to Discuss Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health at Science Café

June 10 - Dr. Alonzo Walker will discuss “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health” at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin’s next Science Café on June 18 at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location. WauwatosaNOW

Drive for a Cure supports Cancer Center, honors advocate

Jun 12 - A well-established fundraiser that allows participants to test-drive the car of their dreams began a new chapter in 2012, the first year that proceeds were donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center. The Bergstrom Corporation’s Drive for a Cure raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research at MCW last year, and the partnership will continue with this summer’s event.

Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing on July 22 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

Jul 05 - The Eighth annual Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing will take place on Monday, July 22, at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support hematologic malignancy (blood cancer) research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, including the work of Parameswaran Hari, MD, Clinical Director of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program and Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing on July 13 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

May 20 - The 21st annual J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 13, at the Rivermoor Golf Club in Waterford, Wisconsin, with a shotgun start at noon. Proceeds from the event will support brain tumor research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Apr. 29 - Christopher Chitambar, MD, professor of medicine, discusses the link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption in some women. WTMJ-TV

MACC Fund Donates $10 Million to Children’s for Pediatric Cancer Research

June 24 - The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) announced a $10 million contribution to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to support pediatric cancer research. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal, WBAY-TV

Medical College Cancer Center gets new director

Dr. Ming You, Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, joined the Medical College of September 1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 30 Business Journal, August 31

On Father’s Day weekend, ugly ties lead to beautiful donations at the WBCS Showhouse for a Cure

Jun 07 - Celebrate Father’s Day weekend and the final days of the 2013 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure by turning your ugliest tie into support for prostate cancer research at MCW.

Ovarian cancer research has champion in the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation

Jun 17 - A family that has been affected by cancer several times over is making significant contributions to the advancement of more effective therapies for ovarian cancer at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Gifts from the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation totaling $250,000 are creating the William and Sandy Heitz Endowed Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Pediatric Leukemia Study

Julie Talano, MD and Mitchell Oliviera discuss the BMT Chemotherapy Study at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Proceeds from Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Support MCW Cancer Studies

June 3 - Proceeds from the 16th annual Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse support breast and prostate cancer research studies at MCW. Fox 6 News

Registration open for WBCS Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing on July 22

June 04 - The 15th annual WBCS Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing, presented by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Kathy Duffey Fogarty Fund, will take place on Monday, July 22, at the Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa.

Researcher to study main complication after bone marrow transplantation

Jul 09 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study graft versus host disease (GVHD), the major complication associated with bone marrow transplants.

Sam Memorial Golf Outing to benefit MCW cancer research

May 22 - The 12th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at the Scenic View Country Club, 4415 Club Drive in Slinger. This tournament is held in memory of Sam Beres, who lost his battle with leukemia in April 2000, at the age of six. Funds raised through this event benefit hematologic oncology research conducted in the laboratory of David A. Margolis, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology).

Sam Memorial Walk/Run on Aug. 24 to benefit MCW cancer research

Jul 17 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount, in Butler. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. for the 10 a.m. event. Participants can choose to run or walk the two-mile course through the streets of Butler, beginning and ending at St. Agnes. The cost is $15 for individuals or$40 for families.

Showhouse for a Cure Supports College’s Breast, Prostate Cancer Research Studies

May 27 - Several media outlets reported on the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, which runs June 1-16. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee.com, WISN-TV, & 2 other outlets

Smithsonian Exhibit Features Dr. Anderson’s Work on Genetic Mutations and Lung Cancer

June 3 - Marshall Anderson, PhD, was a contributing author to an article in Cancer Research on how genetic mutations contribute to lung cancer risks. Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Spierings Cancer Foundation to present ‘Rock Cancer’ Music Festival on Aug. 17

Jul 10 - “Rock Cancer,” the Spierings Cancer Foundation’s annual fundraiser and day-long celebration of rock music and family fun, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Doyle Park in Little Chute. The music begins at 1 p.m. and continues until midnight. Many area bands are scheduled to perform, including Homemade Brew, Straight Chuters, The Bomb, Adams Way, and Half Empty.

Three Scientists Receive $50,000 Research Awards from Breast Cancer Showhouse

June 3 - Three researchers will each receive $50,000 from the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse to support their breast cancer research studies at MCW. WauwatosaNOW

US Supreme Court Rules Genes Cannot be Patented

June 13 - Jenny Geurts, MS, genetic counselor, discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling that genes cannot be patented. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Volunteer gives more than time to WBCS

May 28 - Entering her second year as Chairperson and fourth year with the organization, Kadie M. Jelenchick was fully prepared to work with the talented designers and contractors who bring the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse to life. She did not anticipate they would be working on her house, but a sign of good leadership is the ability to adapt.

WBCS seeking volunteers for Showhouse

May 21 - WBCS, Inc. is inviting individuals—men, women and young people—to contribute their time, talent, and financial gifts to help support its mission to advance early-stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research. An all-volunteer organization, WBCS has donated more than $4.75 million to breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and to support its endowed professorship of breast cancer research.

WBCS to fund three breast cancer researchers

Jun 06 - Two researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and an investigator at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute, have received one-year, $50,000 grants from WBCS, Inc., to study breast cancer.

WBCS walk/run on June 8 to benefit MCW breast cancer and prostate cancer research

May 21 - Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW is a fun run and walk scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at Lake Park in Milwaukee. All proceeds from the event, now in its second year, go to WBCS, Inc., which supports breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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