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The Mass General Cancer Center teams up with the American Cancer Society to increase education, awareness and funding to fight cancer.

A Powerful Partnership


The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Since 1946, the ACS has contributed more than $52 million to more than 80 Mass General investigators for cancer research through its extramural research and training grants program. Many of the Cancer Center’s patients and their families traveling to Boston for treatment benefit from a free place to stay at the American Cancer Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, and the Cancer Center also participates in the ACS’s Patient Navigator Program, which provides one-on-one guidance, support and information to patients diagnosed with cancer. This summer, the Cancer Center and the ACS teamed up for three important events to help promote cancer awareness and education.

Live Webinar On June 7, two Mass General Cancer Center investigators participated in an exclusive live webinar hosted by the ACS. The purpose of the webinar was to provide information about some of the latest advancements in cancer research, and nearly 100 ACS donors and friends tuned in. Shannon Stott, PhD, a scientist in the Center for Engineering in Medicine, talked about the Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Chip and how this technology will revolutionize cancer treatment. Eyal Attar, MD, an oncologist at the Cancer Center specializing in hematologic malignancies, shared his perspective on emerging cancer treatments including how genomics will lead to personalized cancer therapies in the future.

The Relay for Life The ACS holds many Relay for Life events in cities and towns all across the country to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and programs. These fun and empowering overnight events celebrate survivorship and honor the memories of those lost to cancer. This year, four investigators from the Cancer Center received generous grants from the ACS Relay for Life Program. To help give back and show their support, several physicians from the Center for Psychiatric Oncology and the Survivorship Program at the Cancer Center participated in the Relay for Life in Watertown, Massachusetts on June 10 (see photo on the right). They raised $2,000 for the program while enjoying the camaraderie of the event.

“Participating in the Relay for Life was significant for me both personally and professionally,” explains Elyse Park, director of behavioral sciences for the Center for Psychiatric Oncology. “Professionally, it was important for me to show support for the ACS’s research and advocacy mission. On a personal level, it gave me the opportunity to walk in the memory of those I’ve lost to cancer. We’ve all been touched by this disease, and walking in the Relay for Life was a very peaceful, meaningful experience.”


New England Research Breakfast On June 20, the ACS Cancer Action Network (CAN) brought ACS leadership, staff and friends together with researchers from the Cancer Center and members of the Boston cancer research, media and political communities to explore advances in the fight against cancer. Appropriately held at the Boston Museum of Science, the breakfast included an update from Cancer Center researcher Shannon Stott, PhD, on the latest developments in Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) technology. The event was hosted by WCVB-TV news anchor, Pam Cross, and featured remarks from Christopher W. Hansen, President of the ACS Cancer Action Network; Donald J. Gudaitis, CEO of the ACS New England Division; Allene Diaz, Vice President of U.S. Oncology Marketing for EMD Serono, Inc.; The Honorable Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives; and Patrick Spain, biologist, adventurer, cancer survivor and host of the National Geographic series Beast Hunter.


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