The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a one-year infrastructure grant of more than $50,000 to the Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. This grant is one of 39 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the Foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling more than $2.2 million in pediatric oncology research.
This infrastructure grant will support a clinical research assistant (CRA) in the Cancer Center. The addition of a CRA will afford the Cancer Center the opportunity to increase their clinical trial enrollments including not only therapeutic trials, but also biology banking, cancer control and childhood cancer research network by potentially 40 percent.
The Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center was presented a check of $50,034 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and a group of local volunteer fundraisers. This group hosts St. Baldrick’s signature head- shaving events around Iowa to help fund research to find cures for childhood cancers. Their funds will support a Clinical Research Assistant who will help enroll cancer patients in important clinical trials.
$50,034 St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Cancer Center
“Grants like these are helping to conquer childhood cancers. Support for St. Baldrick’s and Blank Children’s Hospital is helping not only the laboratory research necessary to find cures, but the everyday work required to operate pediatric oncology centers and care for patients,” Wendy Woods-Swafford, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and SHINE Perinatal and Pediatric Palliative Care program.
Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. A recent study shows that of those that survive, 80 percent will suffer from severe or life-threatening conditions as a result of treatment.
“While fewer than 5 percent of adults with cancer participate in a clinical trial, more than 60 percent of childhood cancer patients receive their treatment as part of a clinical trial, designed to offer the best cutting-edge treatment or one that may be better than today’s standard,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is proud to fund this latest round of infrastructure grants, many of which will make more clinical trials available for children closer to their homes. This offers today’s patients more hope and tomorrow’s patients more progress through research.”
Since 2004, Iowa volunteers have raised more than 1.2 million for childhood cancer research. On December 10, local St. Baldrick’s volunteers from Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance and IMT Computer Services presented the check to the Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance employees have been involved with the St. Baldrick’s Funny Bone event held in West Des Moines, Iowa since 2007. Since then, their team, Iowa Chrome Domes, has raised over half a million dollars to conquer childhood cancers. IMT Computer Services employees have participated with the local head-shaving event since 2011, raising more than $56,000 for the cause.
This series of grants, combined with the more than $22 million awarded in July, brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $24.5 million awarded in 2013.
To locate or organize an event or Do What You Want fundraiser in your community, sign-up to shave, donate or volunteer, visit www.StBaldricks.org. Also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Foundation’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.
Des Moines, IA - As one of the region's leaders in robotic surgery, Iowa Methodist Medical Center is once again bringing surgical innovation to patients. Iowa Methodist became the first hospital in Iowa, and one of only a few in the Midwest to perform a hysterectomy using the single site approach for robotic surgery.
This revolutionary surgery adds another surgical option for minimally invasive single incision hysterectomy surgery. Iowa Methodist has a proud tradition of performing single site minimally invasive surgery. In 2009, Dr. Steven Elg, gynecologic oncologist at The Iowa Clinic, performed one of the first single site laparoscopic hysterectomies in Iowa and helped to develop the first single site gynecologic oncology surgery program in Iowa for pre-cancers and early cancers of the female reproductive tract.
"The program at Iowa Methodist is continuing to build upon its strong reputation for minimally invasive single site surgery, and we are thrilled at being able to provide new robotic technology to obtain the best surgical outcome for each patient," said Elg.
Although just a handful of women around the country have undergone a robotic single site hysterectomy, their overwhelming response has been very positive, including minimal recovery time. |
"The ability to perform single site hysterectomy is certainly advantageous cosmetically, as the incision is virtually hidden in the patients naval," according to Erik Bedia, M.D., OB/GYN at UnityPoint Clinic. Dr. Bedia is the other surgeon performing the surgery at Iowa Methodist.
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"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." -- Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's thought mentioned only men, but a unique national program allows women who have experienced breast cancer to benefit from a fishing experience. Casting for Recovery enhances the quality of life of women with breast cancer and survivors of breast cancer through fishing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.
The first Casting for Recovery Iowa retreat will be held October 11-13, 2013 and will take advantage of the fine Northeast Iowa trout streams near Decorah, IA. Women with breast cancer and survivors are invited to apply for the free retreat.
Casting for Recovery retreats use counseling, medical education, and introduction and instruction in fly fishing to provide a healing opportunity for women of any age, or stage of treatment. The typical schedule for retreats includes instruction in the basics of fly-fishing and casting, and how those are related to the recovery process of breast cancer, with a focus on quality of life skills.
"We hope women who are making the journey of breast cancer will take advantage of this great opportunity to continue their healing while enjoying the calming influence of nature,'' said Carma Herring, executive director John Stoddard Cancer Center, a sponsor of the Iowa retreat.
In 10 areas, including worry, fatigue, sadness or depression, and appearance, participants in Casting For Recovery events have overwhelmingly reported feeling more aware and accepting of their circumstances, and are better able to cope with their condition following their participation.
"Casting For Recovery has an excellent record of lowering the concerns that are part of a breast cancer diagnosis,'' Herring explained.
To apply for participation in the first Iowa Casting For Recovery retreat, go to www.castingforrecovery.org and search for the Iowa specific site on the left side of the home page. For the Iowa retreat, participation is limited to 14 residents of Iowa. Application deadline is Aug. 2.
Free Skin Cancer Screening
The John Stoddard Cancer Center is
pleased to again offer free skin cancer screenings. Appointments will
be scheduled in 15 minute increments. Appointment times are limited
and will be filled on a first come first served basis. Remaining
appointment times are listed below.
Check-in for the screenings will take place in the John Stoddard Cancer Center at 1221 Pleasant Street in
Des Moines. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time.
Free parking is available in the parking ramp on the West side of the
hospital. To check in go directly to the 4th floor of the cancer center,
to suite 450.
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Although melanoma
accounts for only about 4 percent of skin cancer cases, it causes about
79 percent of skin cancer deaths. The number of new cases of melanoma
in the United States is on the rise.
Early detection is crucial! Register today!
Scope it Out
John Stoddard Cancer Center, in collaboration with area physicians and clinics, will be providing free colonoscopies to uninsured men and women in the central Iowa area. Early diagnosis is key to treating cancer and increases the chance of survival. "Scope it Out" will take place on Saturday, April 13 at various clinic locations. The free colonoscopies are for men and women, age 50-64, who do not have health insurance or health savings accounts.
Scope it Out
Free Colonoscopy Screening Day
Saturday, April 13
If you or someone you know may qualify for this screening, call 515-241-3343 or click here to register. Participants must meet qualifying criteria and registration is required by March 29, 2013.
(Registration due by March 29, 2013)
Thank you to our "Scope it Out" partners: Iowa Digestive Disease Center, Iowa Endoscopy Center, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Iowa Pathology Associates, Pathology Laboratory at Iowa Methodist, Polk County Public Health and The Iowa Clinic, P.C., The Iowa Clinic Endoscopy Center.