Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Conversations About Cancer - How Research is Giving Cancer the Boot!

My sixth grade teacher’s six year old daughter, Nell, had childhood leukemia. During that school year, our teacher would provide us with updates on her condition. And towards the end of the school year, they travelled to another state for experimental treatment. I can’t help but think that if she’d been born today, her chances of beating the disease would be so much better, thanks to all the cancer research that has been done and continues to be done.

The American Cancer Society, Cattle Baron’s Ball and Jennifer and Richard Dix invite you to join us for an evening of Conversations About Cancer this Monday, May 7, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Hosted at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Simmons Biomedical Research Building (6000 Harry Hines Boulevard), UT Southwestern researchers and physicians, including American Cancer Society-funded investigators, will share the scientific discoveries that are shaping the future of cancer care today.

The evening will open with a cocktail reception and music provided by Ray Johnston Band Acoustic. Immediately following, James Brugarolas, MD, PhD, will talk about “Kidney Cancer: Personalized Medicine and Research Translation,” and then Elizabeth Maher, MD, PhD, will speak on “The Molecular Revolution: How Molecular Medicine Can Transform Brain Cancer Care”.

Simmons Cancer Center

Since 1974, Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised nearly $48 million for the American Cancer Society. The proceeds fund cancer research grants, most of which have remained here in North Texas. If you would like more information about the 39th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball on Saturday, September 29, at Southfork Ranch, please visit cattlebaronsball.com.

Research is at the heart of the American Cancer Society’s mission. For more than 60 years, ACS has tried to find the answers that help them understand how to prevent, detect, and treat all cancer types. They have invested $3.6 billion in cancer research that has saved millions of lives, supported more than 20,000 grants - including funding 46 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize - and funded local cancer research at UT Southwestern Medical Center and University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Some of the major cancer research breakthroughs achieved with Society involvement include a cure for childhood leukemia with combination chemotherapy, pap smear to detect cervical cancer, PSA test for prostate cancer screening and chemotherapy for colon cancer, to name just a few. Visit cancer.org for more information.

UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the world's top academic medical centers. Its physicians provide the highest quality of care throughout the Medical Center's hospitals and clinical practices — health care often based on research conducted in UT Southwestern's own laboratories. Its faculty members — responsible for a broad array of groundbreaking biomedical research advances — are respected for their dedication to teaching and training. Their staff is proud to include: five active Nobel Prize winners, 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 20 members of the Institute of Medicine.

A UT Southwestern researcher in his lab

Research provides the foundation on which world-class medical education and patient care are built. At UT Southwestern, investigations into cancer, neuroscience, heart disease and stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and many other fields keep UT Southwestern at the forefront of biomedical research, driving the discoveries that lead to new ways to prevent and treat disease. For more information, visit utsouthwestern.edu.

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Join us for this incredible evening and hear how research is giving cancer the boot! Please call the Cattle Baron's Ball office to rsvp 214-443-9222.

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