The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

2017

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12 Philan T hro P y i n a CT ion Gastrointestinal Cancer Research "It's okay to fall down. It's not okay to stay down." Since 1999, after Harold "Hal" Eisenberg lost his life to liver and pancreatic cancers, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has honored his memory by funding breakthrough research to �ght gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and increase survivorship. We work in partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer. Our shared goal is to raise awareness and funds to advance life-saving cancer medicine. – Harold Eisenberg What is GI Cancer? KEY STATISTICS RESULTS BY THE NUMBERS Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer is cancer of the organs of the digestive system, including the pancreas, liver, stomach, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, small intestine and rectum. - This year, there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases . GI cancers will account for nearly 20% of these cases. - Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed and the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. - Liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths each year. - Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. - Esophageal cancer is 3 to 4 times more common among men than among women. - Over $3 million committed to fund breakthrough research to fight GI cancers. - Over 20,000 cancer tissue samples collected and used for research in the HEEF GI Cancer Tissue Bank. - Nearly 100% of eligible cancer patients donate to the tissue bank each year. - 17 years of partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, a national leader in cancer medicine. - The Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two comprehensive cancer centers in Illinois and one of 41 in the United States.

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