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Annual Program Book 2018-2019

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18 Philanthropy In Action Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Driving Impact - Working Together with Northwestern The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, led by Director Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD and Associate Director Al Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO. Since 2001, we have committed over $3 million to advancing cancer research and patient care. Gifts Help Patients Give the Real Gift Donations from generous supporters like you allow the Lurie Cancer Center to collect, store and research cancer tissue samples. Each dollar brings us closer to personalized medicine and life-saving treatments. Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer is cancer of the organs of the digestive system, including the pancreas, liver, stomach, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, small intestine and rectum. WHAT IS GI CANCER? 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 fight 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. Esophageal cancer is 3 to 4 times more common among men than among women. KEY STATISTICS 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.

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