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SOURCE Cancer Research Institute (CRI)
Educational and Awareness Raising Events Scheduled throughout the Month of June
"30 Days, 30 Stories" Campaign to Highlight Impact of Immunotherapy on Lives of Patients
New Cancer Immunotherapy Website for Patients and Caregivers to Launch June 1
Singer and Film Star Olivia Newton-John to Appear in Cancer Immunotherapy PSA
NEW YORK, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to host its second annual Cancer Immunotherapy Month in June, aimed at increasing awareness of cancer immunotherapy, also known as immuno-oncology, a class of cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system to fight the disease. Immunotherapy was named Science magazine's 2013 Breakthrough of the Year, and is anticipated once again to dominate this year's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) beginning Friday this week.
As a major initiative of the month, CRI will profile immunotherapy patient success stories-one per day, each day in June-across a broad range of cancers including melanoma, prostate cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and others. This series, called "30 Days, 30 Stories: Surviving Cancer through Immunotherapy," will be hosted on a new website launching June 1, TheAnswerToCancer.org, which provides patients and their caregivers easy-to-understand information on cancer immunotherapy and connects them to immunotherapy clinical trials.
Also in June, Grammy winner, film star, and cancer "thriver," Olivia Newton-John, will appear in a CRI Public Service Announcement (PSA) about cancer immunotherapy. Newton-John, who overcame breast cancer more than 20 years ago, is a vocal advocate for cancer patient health and wellness. She actively supports treatment and research through the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, which is leading the way in cancer immunotherapy in Australia.
"Cancer immunotherapy today is producing remarkable and durable remissions in some patients, and this is just the beginning," said Jill O'Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., CEO and director of scientific affairs at the Cancer Research Institute. "Safe and powerful immune-based cancer treatments will become available for patients with other types of cancer over the next five to ten years, so there's tremendous optimism that we are truly changing the face of cancer."
Despite incredible medical advances in the past two years, much of the public are not aware of the ability and potential of immuno-oncology to one day soon offer safer, more effective treatment options for all cancer patients. With significant support from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry as well as leading academic research hospitals, Cancer Immunotherapy Month is helping accelerate the development of immunotherapies by raising funds to support cancer immunotherapy research, increasing awareness and educating the public, and enlisting the help of scientists and clinicians around the world.
Other important highlights from the month include:
May 28: Reactivating Your Immune System to Fight Cancer, with Rolf Brekken, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
June 5: Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Melanoma, with Nina Bhardwaj, M.D., Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
June 10: Immunotherapies for Prostate, Bladder, and Kidney Cancers, with Sumit K. Subudhi, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center
June 17: Developing Effective Immunotherapies for Ovarian Cancer and Other Tumors, with George Coukos, M.D., Ph.D., CHUV and Ludwig Cancer Research
June 24: Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer, with Glenn Dranoff, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The Cancer Research Institute would like to thank the following generous sponsors of Cancer Immunotherapy Month:
The Cancer Research Institute would also like to thank our collaborators and supporters including: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Andrew Baum of Citi Research, Association for Cancer Immunotherapy (CIMT), BasinTek, Cancer Hope Network, Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium (CIC), Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN), Carley J. Rutledge Foundation, ecentricarts, Giant Creative/Strategies LLC, immatics, Ludwig Cancer Research, Lung Cancer Alliance, Manhattan Bridge Club, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Tisch Cancer Institute, Nueva Vida, Olivia Newton-John and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at Austin Hospital, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stand Up To Cancer, Stupid Cancer, ThomasArts, TIME, Trilogy Lacrosse, and ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer.
About the Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), established in 1953, is the world's only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to transforming cancer patient care by advancing scientific efforts to develop new and effective immune system-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and eventually cure all cancers. Guided by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Council that includes three Nobel laureates and 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, CRI has invested more than $263 million in support of research conducted by immunologists and tumor immunologists at the world's leading medical centers and universities, and has contributed to many of the key scientific advances that demonstrate the potential for immunotherapy to change the face of cancer treatment. To learn more, go to www.cancerresearch.org.
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