The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

Annual Program Book 2018-2019

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19 Our Partnership Programs with Northwestern Medicine GI Cancer Tissue Bank GI Cancer OncoSET Program Patient Care Research Scholar Our Continued Committment Clinical Trials Philanthropy In Action Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Since 2001, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has committed more than $3 million in high-impact funds to support the advancement of GI cancer research and patient care. Tissue banks, like the Harold E. Eisenberg GI Cancer Tissue Bank , are at the forefront of cancer medicine and help to equip the Lurie Cancer Center as it works toward a future that includes enhanced genomic profiling The Foundation funds Victoria Maurer's efforts as a devoted clinical research nurse who is advancing the clinical research efforts of the Lurie Cancer Center's GI Oncology Group. Victoria plays an essential role and supports trial participants every step of the way. She helps to identify potential trial In 2018, the Foundation awarded $50,000 to its third Research Scholar, Sui Huang, MD, PhD , to develop a new molecule to fight liver cancer. The scholar award gives scientists like Dr. Huang the necessary resources and time needed to ask novel research questions and explore new ideas related to GI cancers. In 2014, the Lurie Cancer Center became the first academic cancer center in Chicago and one of only a handful in the nation to provide personalized medicine We continue to improve patient care offerings by supporting clinical trial efforts and annual events like Conversations about Colorectal Cancer, which helps colorectal cancer patients and their families network and learn about new treatments, clinical trials and survivorship. to patients with tumors – especially those tumors that are resistant to traditional cancer therapies. OncoSET (Sequence, Evaluate, Treat ) is based on the foundation that each individual and every person's cancer is unique. OncoSET harnesses the power of precision medicine to identify tailored therapies for based on the abnormal genes specific to their tumor. offerings and personalized medicine. The tissue bank allows researchers to study what characterizes cancer tissues so that their investigations can improve cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. participants, educate these individuals about clinical trial participation and the particular plans associated with each trial, and works with each volunteer participant to manage symptoms and monitor for side effects.

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