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In this week's issue: "New hope for cancer patients," "NIH director outlines opportunities in biomedical research," "Raising heart disease awareness," and more.

Stories in the 09/16/2011 Issue of Hotline

A dream come true for MGH Cancer Center patient

IT WAS A WARM SUMMER DAY, but 61-year-old Kathy Taraschi of Dedham, Mass., gave shivers to the crowd at Fenway Park during her flawless rendition of the national anthem during the Sept. 3 pregame ceremony. The once-in-a-lifetime performance in front of approximately 37,000 Red Sox fans was especially meaningful for Taraschi, an MGH Cancer Center patient.

CSSA seminar explores acupuncture

IN THE UNITED STATES, approximately 30 percent to 60 percent of patients utilize complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). And although the use of alternative medicine is increasing, many U.S. health care professionals do not feel they are fully prepared to manage patients who utilize CAM as part of their treatment.

New hope for cancer patients

FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS the MGH Cancer Center has been at the forefront of the promising field of targeted therapy, in which treatment is tailored to attack specific genetic mutations responsible for an individual patient’s tumor. A major gift of $10 million from Henri and Belinda Termeer, announced Sept. 13, will enable the Cancer Center to expand its efforts in this area through the creation of the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies.

NIH director outlines opportunities in biomedical research

FRANCIS S. COLLINS, MD, PHD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), did not come to the MGH to stress the current economic outlook for research, but the topic appeared to be on everyone’s mind in the packed Simches Research Center conference room Sept. 9.

Raising heart disease awareness

FOR JENNIFER MCINTYRE, RN, BSN, an MGH clinical nursing supervisor, witnessing complex medical procedures is an ordinary part of her day. It wasn’t routine, however, when she became a patient last year and needed double bypass surgery to treat a 90 percent blockage in her left main artery.

Service marks Sept. 11 anniversary

IN RECOGNITION OF the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, people across the nation and around the world paused in recent weeks to remember and honor the lives lost and forever changed that day. Members of the MGH community gathered with MGH Chaplaincy staff, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, and Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, to mark the anniversary with a remembrance service Sept. 9.

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