Seidman Cancer Center

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.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

University Hospitals names Theodoros N. Teknos, MD, President and Scientific Officer of UH Seidman Cancer Center

CLEVELAND -- After a rigorous national search, University Hospitals has announced the appointment of Theodoros N. Teknos, MD, as the new President and Scientific Officer of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.  He will begin Oct. 1.
He will take over from current UH Seidman President Nathan Levitan, MD, who has been in the position since 2008 and who announced his plan for retirement earlier this year.
Daniel Simon, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center, who made the announcement, said Dr. Teknos is a “highly respected physician, researcher and administrative leader.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center now accepting patients

CLEVELAND – The new University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center will open for patient care Monday, July 24. Under the direction of Judah Friedman, MD, it will be the only center in Geauga County offering comprehensive cancer care in one location.
UH Seidman Cancer Center has provided services at UH Geauga since 2008 and had outgrown its original space as patient volume has increased and outpatient cancer care has expanded, according to Dr. Friedman. “The new UH Seidman Cancer Center fills a growing need in Geauga County for state-of-the-art cancer care in a spacious facility, close to home,” he notes..
The 11,500 sq. ft. UH Seidman Cancer Center addition to the hospital building features 10 physician exam rooms for medical and radiation oncologists. Eighteen comfortable infusion bays where patients will receive chemotherapy each have a large window overlooking the woods, and radiation oncology is directly adjacent to the center for patient convenience and comfort. The center was designed to create a soothing patient environment with special touches such as a natural stone accent wall to create a calming ambiance. 

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