Seidman Cancer Center

Friday, February 02, 2018

University Hospitals launches new vision statement: ‘Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion’

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals is launching a new vision statement to guide the future success and aspirations of the health system, its 18 hospitals, 26,000 employees and 1.3 million patients annually served.
The statement -- Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion -- defines UH as a nationally leading academic medical research center and health system grounded in pioneering research, new technologies and compassionate and personalized patient care.
As part of the vision launch, UH also will kick off an advertising campaign with two commercials airing during the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.  The commercials are part of a series of spots featuring real patients and their caregivers sharing their UH experiences. 
Following their initial showings, the commercials will be shown on TV stations in Northeast Ohio, in conjunction with ads on radio, in newspapers and digital platforms.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

University Hospitals recruits top scientist to lead research at UH Seidman Cancer Center

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals recently announced the recruitment of one of the nation’s leading scientists, Quintin Pan, PhD.
Dr.  Pan joins University Hospitals as Deputy Director for Research at UH Seidman Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
He will focus on translational cancer research ranging from novel target identification and drug discovery, to pre-clinical validation and human clinical trials. In particular, his laboratory has elucidated key insights regarding genetic determinants of cancer that provide the foundation for novel therapies to treat aggressive head and neck cancers. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Researchers develop highly sensitive swallowable test to detect pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus

CLEVELAND — Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center have developed a simple, swallowable test for early detection of Barrett’s esophagus that offers promise for preventing deaths from esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is the precursor lesion of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a highly lethal cancer with more than 80 percent mortality at five years. Lethal EAC can be prevented when patients are diagnosed at the precursor stage of Barrett’s esophagus, and early foci of near cancerous changes (dysplasias) are ablated. However, detection of BE has traditionally necessitated endoscopy, an expensive and invasive test that requires sedation and is thus unsuitable as a method for wide BE screening. In a significant step forward, the team has developed an easy, five minute outpatient test that is more than 90 percent sensitive for detecting individuals with BE. Patients simply swallow a vitamin pill sized balloon that swabs the esophagus, and that, after retrieval through the mouth, is tested for DNA abnormalities that the investigators discovered are diagnostic of BE. A study describing the development of the test and the results from its clinical trial in patients has been published in today’s issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Monday, August 07, 2017

New research from University Hospitals finds music therapy can improve patient knowledge of sickle cell disease

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at University Hospitals (UH) found that music therapy interventions can improve patient knowledge of sickle cell disease (SCD) and ease transition of care for adolescents and young adults. The study investigated the effects of four culturally-tailored and developmentally appropriate music therapy sessions on self-efficacy, trust and SCD knowledge in thirty 18-23 year olds with SCD. This study was supported by the Kulas Foundation of Cleveland.

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