The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

Annual Program Book 2015-2016

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12 A Letter from Our Doctors Dear Friends of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, On behalf of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, we thank you — the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and your many supporters — for your loyal and most generous support of our efforts. Since 1999, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has honored a great man whose legacy extends well beyond the family, friends, and colleagues who knew and loved him. The Lurie Cancer Center is proud to partner with the Eisenberg Foundation as it pays tribute to Harold through its investment in high-impact gastrointestinal cancer research. The Lurie Cancer Center — one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois and one of 45 in the nation — is committed to being a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer. Gifts from forward-looking benefactors and organizations, like the Eisenberg Foundation, are catalysts in helping us to develop new areas of study and enable this research to flourish. Philanthropy in Action Thanks to the Eisenberg Foundation's philanthropy, we continue to invest in dedicated professionals who are advancing the clinical research efforts of the cancer center's GI Oncology Group. The Foundation has long provided crucial support for the team's clinical research nurse, a position now held by Victoria Mauer. Victoria is responsible for coordinating all ongoing clinical trials throughout the program, identifying potential patients for studies, reviewing details of the study with the respective patient volunteers and their family members, and coordinating required testing and patient follow-up care. In addition, Victoria serves as a clinical resource to chemotherapy nurses and data managers, working as the "hub" of a network that conducts clinical trials and increases the breadth of the Lurie Cancer Center's GI cancer program. 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 offerings and personalized medicine. Our GI Cancer Tissue Bank allows researchers to study what characterizes cancer tissues so their investigations can improve the capacity to prevent and detect cancer and treat patients. While still growing, the bank has already contributed to the research efforts of our faculty, resulting in publications in four academic journals to date. As we reflect on all that the Eisenberg Foundation has allowed the Lurie Cancer Center to accomplish, we are proud of our partnership and remain excited to grow together into the future. The Lurie Cancer Center is on a bold path to establish Northwestern as a global leader in developing and providing effective personalized cancer treatment and to establish Chicago as an international hub for such care. With the continued support of the Eisenberg Foundation, the Lurie Cancer Center stands to become the first academic cancer center in the Chicago area and one of a handful of cancer centers in the nation to couple oncology and genomics to provide personalized medicine to patients with tumors, especially those tumors that are resistant to currently available therapies. We commend the Eisenberg Foundation for your extraordinary efforts. With heartfelt thanks, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology Associate Director, Cooperative Groups Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

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