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					Summer 2005                      Faculty          Save     CINJ Network The Cancer         Congress        Cancer            Cancer            News from CINJ’s        News from              News from          The Cancer     The Cancer          Faculty and            Miss America
                                 Feature          the      Spotlight:   Institute of       Awards          Chemo-            Chemo-            Foundation…             CINJ’s                 CINJ’s             Institute of   Institute of        Staff Honors           2005 Deidre
  In this Issue:                                  Date…    Southern     New Jersey         $1million       Prevention:       Prevention:                               Foundation…            Foundation…        New Jersey     New Jersey          and                    Downs
                                 LIFE Golf                                                                                                     Award of Hope Gala
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 15
    Herceptin® Improves
    Breast Cancer Survival
                                 Event Benefits           4 Ocean County
                                                            Hospital and
                                                                        and Its
                                                                        Network of
                                                                                           to The
                                                                                           Dean and
                                                                                                           Steps to
                                                                                                           a Healthier
                                                                                                                             Become
                                                                                                                             Involved!
                                                                                                                                               To Honor Mary Lasser,
                                                                                                                                               Thomas E. Lasser
                                                                                                                                                                       CINJ Initiates C.R.    Exclusively for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Presents…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Announces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Changes in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awards…                Visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Cancer
                                 The Cancer                                                                                                                            Bard Urology           Women:
                                                           Jersey Shore Hospitals:         Betty           You               You Can           Foundation                                                        Cancer         Leadership                                 Institute
    Taking the Next Step         Institute of                                                                                                                          Scholars Program       Fannie E.                                             Additional
                                                           University   Working            Gallo           A Guide to        Play an                                                                             Survivors                                                 of New Jersey
    CINJ Hosts the Third
    Annual New Jersey        2
                                   New Jersey
                                                  3        Medical
                                                           Center
                                                                        Together to
                                                                          Reduce a
                                                                                           Prostate
                                                                                           Cancer
                                                                                                           the New           Important
                                                                                                                                               Survivorship in
                                                                                                                                               Action:
                                                                                                                                                                     What Do
                                                                                                                                                                     Princeton
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rippel
                                                                                                                                                                                              Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Day - An
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Evening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UMDNJ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robert Wood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kudos…            16                                           Message from
                                                                                                           Food              Part in                                                          Center for                        Johnson
    Governor’s Conference                                              5 Woman’s           Center                                              The Kaleidoscope    10 Football                                   with                                                                                         18
    on Cancer
    Research
                                                                          Risk of          at CINJ
                                                                                                           Pyramid
                                                                                                                         8
                                                                                                                             Helping to
                                                                                                                               Discover
                                                                                                                                               of Hope               Coaches Do in
                                                                                                                                                                                              Women’s
                                                                                                                                                                                              Reproductive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Linda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clinical Trials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corner:                                                        the Director
                                                                        Cancer                         7                     New
                                                                                                                                               Foundation            the Off Season?
                                                                                                                                                                                              Cancers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ellerbee 13     The Cancer
                                                                                                                                               Fellowship in                                                                                        Drinking
                                                                                       6                                     Cancer             Gynecologic            Kids Lead the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            12                  Institute of        Green Tea May
                                                                                                                             Prevention          Oncology              Way in                                                   New Jersey          Help Prevent
                                                                                                                             Methods                                   Fundraisers                                              Welcome
                                                                                                                                           9                           for CINJ      11                                         Dr. Bruce Haffty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prostate Cancer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       John Emerson
    A Publication of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey




     Spanish Version of Clinical Trials Website Unveiled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   T         he brief history of The Cancer Institute




A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of New Jersey (CINJ) has been charac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   terized by extraordinary progress, marked by the
                          cting                                        America – is a                                                                                                        Acting Governor Richard Codey unveils the Spanish
                                                                                                                                                                                             version of New Jersey Cancer Trial Connect, the first                                                                 rapid achievement of designation as a National
                       Governor                                        part of our larger                                                                                                    website of its kind in the country.
    Richard J. Codey recently visited                                  effort to make                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive
    CINJ to unveil the Spanish ver-                                    care more acces-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cancer Center and the growth of a vibrant and
    sion of New Jersey Cancer Trial                                    sible for all New
    Connect (www.njctc.org), a                                         Jersey residents.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          busy clinical, educational, and research enter-
    unique Internet-based resource                                        New Jersey                                                                                                                                                                                                                               prise. Our statewide Network of Partner and
    that allows users to search for                                    Cancer Trial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Affiliate Hospitals extends our reach throughout
    cancer clinical trials throughout                                  Connect, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   New Jersey, and our work has helped spawn
    the state in order to find the                                     received national
    most cutting-edge treatments                                       acclaim in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centers of academic oncology excellence serving
    available. New Jersey’s growing                                    medical journal Cancer, links                                                                                                                                                                                                               Newark and Camden (CINJ@Cooper). This
    Hispanic population is now able                                    cancer patients with more than




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   growth brings both new opportunities and chal-
    to navigate the site and access its                                400 clinical trials underway
    contents in Spanish.                                               throughout New Jersey. Since its                                                                                                                                                                                                            lenges that will need to be addressed over the
        “An important part of medi-                                    launch in April 2003, the site,                                                                                                                                                                                                             coming years. In recognition of this, CINJ has
    cine is making sure everyone has                                   funded by the state and operated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   initiated a strategic planning process and will
    access to the latest treatments,”                                  by The Cancer Institute of New
    Codey said. “This website – the                                    Jersey, has received more than                                            Jersey residents die from cancer                                       “Computer usage among                                                                      begin implementation of this plan in the coming
    first and only of its kind in                                      4.4 million hits.                                                         annually.                                                           Hispanics is increasing 30 per-                                                               months.
                                                                          “The Cancer Institute of New                                              For Hispanics, cancer is par-                                    cent faster than that of the entire                                                              The goals of CINJ’s strategic plan include: 1)
                                                                       Jersey is committed to offering                                           ticularly devastating. Breast can-                                  population, making it even
                                                                       education and outreach to all of                                          cer is the leading cause of cancer                                  more important to provide                                                                     to recruit, retain, and train the world’s leading
                                                                       New Jersey’s communities,” said                                           death among Hispanic women,                                         access to this valuable resource                                                              cancer researchers, who through individual and
                                                                       William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.,                                             and lung cancer is the leading                                      to the Hispanic community, a                                                                  collaborative efforts make discoveries and apply
                                                                       Director of CINJ. “Making the                                             cause of cancer death among                                         population that is dispropor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   them to the practice of medicine; 2) to build an
                                                                       information on New Jersey                                                 Hispanic men. Approximately                                         tionately affected by the bur-
                                                                       Cancer Trial Connect available                                            67,000 Hispanics were diag-                                         den of cancer.” said Susan                                                                    infrastructure capable of supporting cancer
                                                                       in Spanish is a step in the right                                         nosed with cancer in 2003, and                                      Goodin, PharmD, Director of                                                                   research and the application of research to the
       Cancer survivor Teresa Stefaniak-Diaz                           direction.”                                                               about 22,100 died from the dis-                                     the Division of Pharmaceutical
         shares her experiences with cancer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        practice of medicine; 3) to provide to the people
                                                                          Each year, cancer strikes                                              ease, according to the most                                         Sciences at CINJ and adminis-
      and stresses the need to make clinical
                                                                       more than 45,000 New Jersey                                               recent statistics available from                                    trator of New Jersey Cancer                                                                   of New Jersey outstanding patient care,
           trial information available to the
                          Latino community.                            residents. Nearly 18,000 New                                              the American Cancer Society.                                        Trial Connect.                                                                                                           — Continued on page 2

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Message from
the Director
                            — Continued from page 1

                                                      Herceptin®Improves Breast Cancer Survival
                                                      Study Conducted at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and other NCI Centers
professional education, access to clinical trials,    Across the Nation
and community outreach in conjunction with
our Network of Partners and Affiliates; and 4) to
ensure financial stability and continued growth
through earning public and private recognition
and support.
                                                      R               esults from two large ran-
                                                                        domized clinical trials
                                                                       for patients with HER-2
                                                      positive invasive breast cancer show that
                                                      those patients with early-stage breast
                                                                                                       or make too much of, a protein called
                                                                                                       HER-2, which is found on the surface
                                                                                                       of cancer cells. Trastuzumab slows or
                                                                                                       stops the growth of these cells, and it is
                                                                                                       only used to treat cancers that overex-
                                                                                                                                                    patients with early stage breast cancer,”
                                                                                                                                                    said Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer, co-princi-
                                                                                                                                                    pal investigator of the study at CINJ
                                                                                                                                                    and Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-
                                                                                                                                                    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
   As you will read in this issue of Oncolyte, we     cancer who received Herceptin®                   press the HER-2 protein. Approximately       “We are thrilled that CINJ was a part of
are well on our way to achieving some of the
                                                      (trastuzumab) in combination with                20 precent to 30 percent of breast can-      this research, giving our patients access
                                                      chemotherapy had a significant decrease          cers overexpress HER-2. These tumors         to the latest treatment options.”
goals and objectives outlined in our strategic        in risk for breast cancer recurrence com-        tend to grow faster and are generally           The clinical trials were sponsored by
plan. We at CINJ are also grateful to Governor        pared with patients who received the             more likely to recur than tumors that do     the National Cancer Institute (NCI),
                                                      same chemotherapy without trastuzum-             not overproduce HER-2.                       part of the National Institutes of
Richard Codey and the New Jersey State                ab. Patients are considered "HER-2 pos-             “The results from the Herceptin           Health, and conducted by a network of
Legislature for their support. This year’s state      itive" if their cancer cells "overexpress,"      study are a major breakthrough for           researchers across the country, including
                                                                                                                                                    physician-scientists at The Cancer
allocation to CINJ reflects the ongoing commit-
                                                                                                                                                    Institute of New Jersey.
ment of our elected representatives to the eradi-                                                                                                      Patients in the clinical trials who
cation of cancer, here, first in New Jersey.          Taking the Next Step                                                                          received trastuzumab in combination
                                                                                                                                                    with standard combination chemothera-
   To my many colleagues and our numerous             CINJ Hosts the Third Annual New Jersey Governor’s                                             py had a 52 percent decrease in disease
friends who have made the dream of bringing a         Conference on Cancer Research                                                                 recurrence compared to patients treated
                                                                                                                                                    with chemotherapy alone.
cancer center of extraordinary quality to the
                                                                                                                                                       “As a result of this clinical trial, we

                                                      “
                                                          T
people of New Jersey a reality, I thank you for                    aking the Next Step” was the theme of the day for the Third Annual               now have a new weapon to protect
your dedication, tireless work, and passion for
                                                                                                                                                    against recurrence of cancer cells that
                                                                   Governor’s Conference on Fostering Effective Partnering in Cancer
                                                                                                                                                    overexpress HER-2,” said Dr. Thomas
the task.                                                          Research, held on June 24, 2005. Experts from academia, clinical                 Kearney, co-principal investigator of the
Best wishes,                                          medicine, industry, and government came together at The Cancer Institute of                   study at CINJ and Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                                    of Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood
                                                      New Jersey to highlight the achievements of the first two Governor’s Conferences
                                                                                                                                                    Johnson Medical School.
                                                      and move toward the next step by developing action plans based on the recom-                  “Collaboration among NCI-designated
William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.                          mendations from previous years.                                                               Comprehensive Cancer Centers has
Director, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey                                                                                                        produced life-saving results that may
                                                        Working groups met throughout the day to discuss action plans and develop
Associate Dean, Oncology Programs                                                                                                                   help thousands of women dealing with
Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology                  ways to share information, resources and discoveries among the academic, clini-               breast cancer.”
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School              cal, industrial and government sectors. Working group topics included biological                 Almost 8,000 women are diagnosed
                                                                                                                                                    with breast cancer each year in New
                                                      resources, informatics, cross-fertilization, clinical trials and cancer prevention.
                                                                                                                                                    Jersey and close to 1,500 die from the
                                                        “In order to progress in the fight against cancer, we must combine our efforts              disease. New Jersey has one of the
                                                      and work together,” said Dr. Edmund Lattime, co-chair of the conference and                   highest incidence of breast cancer in the
                                                                                                                                                    nation. As New Jersey’s only NCI-des-
                                                      Associate Director of Education and Training at CINJ and Professor of Surgery and
                                                                                                                                                    ignated Cancer Center, The Cancer
                                                      Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, UMDNJ-Robert Wood                            Institute of New Jersey is able to pro-
                                                      Johnson Medical School. “This year’s Governor’s Conference was a great success                vide access to state-of-the-art treatment
                                                                                                                                                    options to New Jersey’s citizens, without
                                                      in taking the next step toward collaboration in cancer research, treatment, pre-
                                                                                                                                                    having to leave the state.
                                                      vention and education.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Summer 2005
FACULTY FEATURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Save the Date...
Faculty Feature provides an inside look into the research interests and projects of
faculty members at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In this issue, we have taken                                         LIFE Golf Event Benefits The Cancer Institute                                                                             Mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming events at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Cancer Institute of New Jersey!
a look inside the laboratory of Roger Strair, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Hematologic                                          of New Jersey
Malignancies at CINJ and Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood                                                                                                                                                                                   The 2005 Award of Hope               New Discoveries in Cancer
                                                                                                                            LPGA Pros Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer                                                                                  Gala and Benefit Auction             Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Johnson Medical School, to learn more about his work developing treatments for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Honoring Mary Lasser                 5:30pm-8:30pm at The Cancer
leukemia, lymphoma and other hematologic malignancies.                                                                                                                                                                                                and The Thomas Lasser                Institute of New Jersey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Foundation                           This dinner lecture sponsored by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday, September 17, 2005         the Wellness Community and
                                                         Rubin, Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert


D
           r. Strair’s laboratory research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at the New Jersey Performing         Genentech will present the
           focuses on translational research             Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Dale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arts Center in Newark,               latest news in cancer research
           in hematologic malignancies                   Schaar, Assitant Professor of Medine, UMDNJ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Jersey. The evening              and treatment including a
including leukemia, lymphoma, and bone                   Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr.                                                                                                                                                      will also feature a special          review of the human genome
marrow disorders. With approximately ten                 Mecide Gharibo, Assitant Professor of                                                                                                                                                        performance by Eve Ensler,           project, psychosocial issues and
investigator-initiated clinical trials developed         Medine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson                                                                                                                                                            currently starring on Broadway       what the future holds for cancer
and supported by his laboratory, Dr. Strair              Medical School, and Dr. Joseph Bertino,                                                                                                                                                      in “The Good Body.”                  treatment. For more information,
                                                         Professor of Medine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood                                                                                                                                                       For more information, please call    please call 732/235-6792.
and research collaborators are studying new
                                                         Johnson Medical School, are also looking at                                                                                                                                                  732/235-8614.
treatment strategies, including the use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           First Annual Nursing
novel immunotherapeutic treatments.                      new treatments for acute myelogenous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Free Prostate Screenings             Education Fundraising
   “The goal of our research is to identify              leukemia (AML), a cancer of the white blood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Monday, September 26 –               Event Dinner and
new, more targeted ways of                                                 cells that originates in bone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, September 28,             Comedy Show
treating patients with can-                                                            marrow, but can spread to                                                                                                                                      2005, 5pm-8pm at The Cancer          Saturday, October 22, 2005
cers of the blood and other
sites” said Strair. “Collabor-
ation among researchers is
one of the ways we gain
                                                                                       the blood, lymph nodes,
                                                                                       liver, and other organs. It is
                                                                                       one of the many types of
                                                                                       leukemia most commonly
                                                                                                                                T             wenty-five of the best
                                                                                                                                             women golfers in the
                                                                                                                                        world from the LPGA Tour
                                                                                                                                     joined the fight to eradicate
                                                                                                                                                                        risk breast cancer programs,
                                                                                                                                                                        numerous clinical research trials
                                                                                                                                                                        focusing on young women, and
                                                                                                                                                                        the establishment of the LIFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                            thropic efforts with the LIFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Event, the Golf Writer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Association recently honored
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Skinner with the Charlie Barlett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Institute of New Jersey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This screening is open to all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      men 50 years and older with no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      history of prostate cancer or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      40 years and older with a family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7:00pm at Charlie Brown’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (formerly Good Time Charley’s)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4591 Route 27 Kingston, NJ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tickets are $75 and proceeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           will benefit the Nursing
                                                                         Peter Byron




new information and insight                                                            diagnosed in adults, with
                                                                                                                                                                        Center, with a mission to edu-      Award. This prestigious award             history of prostate cancer.          Education program at CINJ.
                                                                                       nearly 12,000 new cases                       breast cancer by playing in the
into the causes and treat-                                                                                                                                              cate health care practitioners      is given to a professional golfer
                                                                                                                                     LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight                                                                                     An appointment is necessary.         For more information and
ment of these diseases,” he                                                            expected to be diagnosed                                                         and the young women they            for his/her unselfish contribu-
                                                                                                                                     to Eradicate Breast Cancer)                                                                                      Please register by contacting        to register, please call
                                                                                       this year, according to the                                                      serve about breast cancer risk,     tions to the betterment of socie-
continued.                                                                                                                           Event on May 23, 2005 at the                                                                                     Mariam Merced or Rebecca Escobar     732/235-8614.
                                          Roger Strair, M.D., Ph.D.                                                                                                     screening and prevention. To        ty. Skinner is the first woman
   Collaborative research                                                              American Cancer Society.                                                                                                                                       at 732/247-2050.
                                                                                                                                     prestigious Ridgewood Country      further validate the LIFE           to win the award since 1994.
with Daniel Medina, Ph.D., Assistant                         Other functions of Dr. Strair’s laboratory                              Club in Paramus, NJ.               Event’s impact, CINJ recently          The mission of The LIFE                                                     My Healing Companion
Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood                 include performing correlative studies to                                   Originated by Val Skinner,         announced findings from a           Event is to educate young                 The Roche Lectureship                Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Johnson Medical School includes investiga-               support the clinical trials and using primary                               LIFE Event chairperson and         study conducted by Arnold           women about the importance of             Wednesday, September 28,             11am and 7pm at The Cancer
                                                         malignant cells obtained from patients with                                 veteran LPGA player, the LIFE      Levine, Ph.D and colleagues         early detection and healthy               2005, 5pm-7pm at                     Institute of New Jersey.
tion of new therapies for mantle cell lym-
                                                                                                                                     Event benefits The Cancer          unveiling a tiny variation in a     breast care practices and to raise        The LIFE Center at The Cancer        Beverly Kirkhart, author of
phoma, a relatively uncommon form of                     hematologic malignancies to direct the
                                                                                                                                     Institute of New Jersey (CINJ)     gene involved in regulating         money for research that will              Institute of New Jersey. This free   My Healing Companion will talk
blood cancer. This type of cancer is a malig-            development of new therapies and identify                                                                      tumor suppression that could        assist in the eradication of breast
                                                                                                                                     and the Susan G. Komen Breast                                                                                    educational program is designed      about the benefits of journaling
nancy of a unique type of immune cell. One               new therapeutic targets.                                                                                       increase the development of         cancer as a life-threatening dis-
                                                                                                                                     Cancer Foundation. To date,                                                                                      for physicians, nurses, and          and provide a workshop with
of the therapies being tested uses a virus                                                                                                                              cancer at an earlier age for some   ease. The average age of LPGA
                                                         At The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, laboratory                           Skinner has raised $3 million in                                                                                 genetic counselors. Guest            specific writing exercises.
                                                                                                                                                                        individuals.                        players in this event is 35, with
that has been modified to kill the cancerous             research is supported by more than $80 million                              the fight against breast cancer,                                                                                 speaker Dr. Edith Perez,             For more information, please call
                                                                                                                                                                           “This type of progress in        the youngest at 25 years of age
cells, but not the healthy ones. Another                 annually in cancer-related research grants.                                 the most money raised for                                                                                        Professor of Medicine at Mayo        732/235-6792.
                                                                                                                                                                        combating this frightening dis-     – mirroring the target demo-
involves modifying the patient’s mantle cell             Research is being conducted in areas including                              breast cancer in a single-day                                                                                    Medical School and Director of
                                                                                                                                                                        ease would not be possible with-    graphic to benefit from LIFE’s
                                                         oncogenes, epidemiology, chemical carcingenesis,                            golf event.                                                                                                      the Breast Program at the Mayo
lymphoma cells in a way that “tricks” the                                                                                                                               out the support of LIFE’s spon-     mission. The field for this year’s
                                                         tumor virology and immunology, drug develop-                                   CINJ has benefited signifi-                                                                                   Clinic, will discuss “Status of
immune system into rejecting them.                                                                                                                                      sors and my friends on the          pro-am tournament represented
                                                         ment and resistance, the relationship between                               cantly from Skinner’s philan-                                                                                    Gene Profiling in Breast Cancer:
                                                                                                                                                                        LPGA Tour,” said Skinner.           five countries with a combined
   Dr. Strair and the multidisciplinary                  cellular and genetic mechanisms and tumor devel-                            thropic efforts. The funds         “For that, I am forever grate-      319 LPGA tournament wins.                 Clinical Practice and Research.”
Hematologic Malignancies Tumor Study                     opment, and cancer genomics. For more informa-                              derived from the LIFE Event        ful.”                                                                         For more information, please call
                                                         tion about research projects at The Cancer                                  have supported CINJ’s high-
Group at CINJ, which includes Dr. Arnold                                                                                                                                   In recognition of her philan-                                              732/235-8784.
                                                         Institute of New Jersey, please visit www.cinj.org.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Network of Hospitals: Working Together to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a Woman’s Risk of Cancer
    CINJ Network Spotlight:

    Southern Ocean County Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             he Cancer Institute of        treatment options available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New Jersey Network is         anywhere. As we like to say,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             proud to present a            “cancer doesn’t travel well,”
    Cancer Care at SOCH — Innovation…Expertise…Compassion…Hope                                                                                                                                                                      series of regional events enti-        and here in New Jersey there is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tled, “Working Together to             no reason to travel far when
        “
S                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reduce a Woman’s Risk of               you can be treated at one of
                   ince its inception   ter the chances are for suc-        determine if can-                           Victor Ruiz, M.D.,        cer tumors,” said Dr. Ruiz.           specialists and the primary care
                                                                                                                        chairman of the depart-                                                                                     Cancer.” With 17 hospitals             CINJ’s Network hospitals in your
                   in 1995, the goal    cessful treatment and cure,”        cer is present,                                                       “It can also be used to evalu-        physician, all of which are avail-
                                                                                                                        ment of Oncology,                                                                                                                                  own backyard.
                 of the cancer pro-     said Dr. Ruiz.                      and if it has                                                         ate the effectiveness of radia-       able at SOCH.                               throughout New Jersey, The
                                                                                                                        Southern Ocean County
    gram at Southern Ocean                 At SOCH, imaging tech-           spread to other                             Hospital                  tion or chemotherapy.”                                                            Cancer Institute of New Jersey           Attend one of these regional
    County Hospital (SOCH) was          nology gives physicians the         parts of the body.                         at the cellular level,        When cancer is diagnosed,          For information on SOCH’s                   Network is a powerful force in         events to see how you can help
    to diagnose cancer in its earli-    ability to analyze computer-           An example of                           PET provides very          patients benefit from a multi-        comprehensive cancer services, call                                                protect the women in your life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the fight against cancer. As the
    est, most curable stages; to        generated, 3-D pictures of the      this technology is                         accurate pictures          disciplinary approach to treat-       SOCHConnect at 609-978-3400
    encourage lifestyle changes         interior of the body. These         Positron Emission                       that can show informa-        ment that includes the expert-                                                    only National Cancer Institute-
    that could prevent the disease      images are so intricate in their    Tomography, or PET Scan.          tion about the presence or          ise of skilled surgeons, radia-                                                   designated Comprehensive
    and to treat each patient using     detail that physicians can          “By reflecting small changes      spread of many types of can-        tion and medical oncologists,                                                     Cancer Center in the State and
    the latest technologies in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    one of only 39 in the nation,
    environment filled with digni-
    ty and compassion,” said                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Cancer Institute of New
    Victor Ruiz, M.D., chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jersey is leading the way in
                                        The Cancer Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    of the department of                                                                                                                                                                                                            beating this deadly disease.
    Oncology. “Today, we offer all                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     E
    of that, and more. Thanks to
    promising research, there is
    hope on the horizon for new
    treatments, and perhaps, a
                                    A                      n affiliate of
                                                         CINJ, Jersey
                                        Shore University Medical
                                                                            quality care, Jersey Shore’s
                                                                            Radiation Oncology Center
                                                                            recently underwent a $4.5 mil-
                                                                                                              therapy, which is another means
                                                                                                              of delivering radiation in con-
                                                                                                              centrated doses directly to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The CINJ Network is coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    together during the week of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    September 24-October 1, 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to educate the public about the
    cure for many types of the dis-     Center’s Cancer Center pro-         lion renovation to upgrade and    tumor site, and Varian Portal                                                                                         importance of early detection
    ease. SOCH’s affiliation with       vides a full range of diagnostic,   enhance the diagnostic and        Vision, a digital system used to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and prevention of cancer with a
    The Cancer Institute of New         treatment, and support services     therapeutic services offered to   monitor and verify the planned
    Jersey allows us to participate     to thousands of patients and        cancer patients. The Radiation    treatment beams even while                                                                                            focus on New Jersey’s women.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A
    in these exciting clinical tri-     their family members through-       Oncology Center now includes      treatment is being delivered.                                                                                         The hospitals participating in
    als.”                               out Monmouth and Ocean              a new room with a linear accel-      Through Jersey Shore’s affili-    patients access to this service as      The Cancer Center at Jersey Shore        these programs as well as all of
       Through SOCH’s Family            counties. The Cancer Center at      erator featuring intensity-mod-   ation with Meridian Health,          one of only 16 facilities in the        University Medical Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the others in the CINJ Network
    Resource Center, stop-smok-         Jersey Shore has consistently       ulated radiation therapy (IMRT)   the Cancer Center will soon          country that currently provide          management, home health care,
    ing classes, nutritional coun-                                                                                                                                                                                                  are working together to
                                        been accredited by the              with respiratory gating, one of   have access to another new cut-      this technology.                        and hospice services. The Center
    seling, cancer screenings and       American College of Surgeons’       the latest advances in cancer     ting-edge technology, the               While the focus of care at           also provides more than nine dif-        provide New Jersey
    educational programs on can-        Commission on Cancer since          treatment. Together, this tech-   CyberKnife®. This revolution-        Jersey Shore’s Cancer Center has        ferent support groups, educa-            with top-notch
    cer prevention are held             1975.                               nology can pinpoint and           ary radiosurgical device uses a      always been the patient, family         tional services, and community           cancer care, state-
    throughout the year.                   Jersey Shore’s Cancer Center     destroy cancer cells without      combination of robotics and          and friends are also supported          cancer screenings to round out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of-the-art facilities
       While lifestyle changes          has been delivering compas-         harming healthy tissue, all       sophisticated image-guidance         throughout the treatment pro-           our comprehensive approach to                                                                                      D
    may be the first line of            sionate care for over a quarter     while compensating for the        technology to deliver precisely      cess. The Cancer Center offers a        cancer care.                             and the latest
    defense in the battle against       of a century, and has been on       natural movement of a patient’s   targeted doses of radiation to       wide array of programs designed
    cancer, diagnosis of disease at     the cutting edge of emerging        breathing.                        tumors — even tumors that are        to care for people throughout           For more information on services
    its earliest stages is equally as   technology every step of the           Jersey Shore’s Radiation       beyond the reach of other radio-     their cancer experience, from risk      offered by Jersey Shore University
    important. “The sooner the          way. As part of its commit-         Oncology Center also offers       surgery systems. Jersey Shore is     assessment, early detection, and        Medical Center, please call
    disease is diagnosed, the bet-      ment to providing the highest       high-dose rate (HDR) brachy-      pleased to be able to offer their    second-opinion services to pain         1-800-560-9990.

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o Reduce
                                                              Congress Awards $1million to
                                                              The Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate
       A “Exploring Ways to a Healthier You:
           A Unique Program on Cancer Prevention”
                                                              Cancer Center at CINJ
           Saturday, September 24, 2005
           9:00am – 12noon
           Location: RWJUH Center for Health and
           Wellness in Hamilton
           Brought to you by: Robert Wood Johnson
           University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ@Hamilton)
           and Cooper University Hospital (CINJ@Cooper)
           Register by calling: 609-584-5900
                                                              T          he Dean and Betty
                                                                         Gallo Prostate Cancer
                                                                        Center at The Cancer
                                                              Institute of New Jersey recently
       B “Healthy Body! Healthy Mind! Healthy You!:           received a $1 million direct ear-
           Exploring Ways to Reduce a Woman’s Risk            mark from the Department of
           of Cancer”                                         Defense and U.S. Congress.
           Tuesday, September 27, 2005                        The Gallo Center has received
           6:30pm – 8:30pm                                    this grant each year since 1999
           Location: JFK Medical Center Conference Center
                                                              and is only 1 of 2                                       Above: CINJ Director
           in Edison
           Brought to you by: JFK Medical Center, Robert
                                                              centers in the United                                    Dr. William Hait, Betty Gallo and
                                                              States to receive this                                   Congressman Rodney
           Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s                                                              Frelinghuysen.
           University Hospital, and Somerset Medical Center   type of non-competi-
           Register by calling: 732-321-7468                  tive government grant                                     Left: The Dean and Betty Gallo
                                                                                                                        Prostate Cancer Center is
                                                              support.                                                   named for Congressman Dean
            C “Advances in the the Prevention and
                                                                 The Dean and Betty                                      A. Gallo, who lost his life to
          Treatment of Women’s Cancers”
                                                              Gallo Prostate Cancer                                       prostate cancer in 1994 at the
          Thursday, September 29, 2005                                                                                    age of 58.
           7:00pm – 9:00pm
                                                              Center (GPCC) was cre-
           Location: Bayshore Community Hospital              ated in 1998, in memory                     this devastating disease.”
   B       in Holmdel                                         of the late Congressman Dean Gallo             Funds from the appropriation will
           Brought to you by: Bayshore Community              who died of prostate cancer on              help support post-doctoral fellows,
           Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and          November 6, 1994. His wife, Betty           enhance lab equipment and expand
           CentraState Healthcare System                      works as a prostate cancer advocate         prostate cancer clinical and basic
           Register by calling: 732-235-9894                  and serves as Director, Public              research. Currently, there are nine
                                                              Outreach and Government Affairs for         active prostate cancer clinical trials at
            D “The Latest Advances in Cancer                  the GPCC. The GPCC brings togeth-           CINJ that range from looking at new
           Research: Reducing a Woman’s Risk of
                                                              er a multi-disciplinary team of basic       ways to prevent the disease to treating
           Cancer”
                                                              and clinical researchers, medical, surgi-   advanced stage prostate cancer. The
           Thursday, September 29, 2005
           6:00pm – 8:00pm
                                                              cal and urologic oncologists, patholo-      grant will also help fund behavioral
   C       Location: Monmouth Medical Center in               gists, radiologists, nurses, and social     studies, which help to raise awareness
           Long Branch                                        workers.                                    and educate the public about prostate
           Brought to you by: Monmouth Medical Center            “Thanks in large part to the support     cancer and can help to increase enroll-
           Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and        of Congressman Rodney                       ment in clinical trials to help advance
           Southern Ocean County Hospital                     Frelinghuysen (NJ-District 11), The         research.
           Register by calling: 732-235-9894                  Gallo Center is able to help improve           “My goal is to help families to not
                                                              the lives of men suffering from             suffer the way my husband Dean did
       E “Healthy Lifestyles for Generations to               prostate cancer,” said Betty Gallo,         and to let people know that there are
           Come: Reducing a Woman’s Risk of Cancer”
                                                              Founder of The Dean and Betty Gallo         new treatment options and advance-
           Saturday, October 1, 2005
                                                              Cancer Center at The Cancer Institute       ments available,” said Gallo. “This
           9:00am – 12noon
           Location: Overlook Hospital in Summit
                                                              of New Jersey. “Prostate cancer affects     appropriation is so important to the
           Brought to you by: Overlook Hospital,              so many Americans each year and it is       work we do at the Gallo Center and
           Mountainside Hospital, Morristown Memorial         reassuring to know that Congress has        we are very grateful to receive this
           Hospital and The University Hospital               not lost sight of the importance of         unique type of support.”
           Register by calling: 1-800-247-9580                awareness, screening and treatment for

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     Cancer
ChemoPrevention
       Steps to a Healthier You
       A Guide to the New Food Pyramid


       E
               ating right may be an important         choices in every food group, every day.
               part of preventing cancer and other     Physical activity is also a new element of the
               chronic diseases. As such, the United   symbol (below).
       States Department of Agriculture (USDA)            Here are the key messages and explana-
         recently unveiled MyPyramid, a new sym-       tions of MyPyramid. Please remember to
           bol and interactive food guidance sys-      always consult your healthcare team before
              tem designed to encourage Americans      making any major changes to your diet.
                to make healthier food choices and        Additional information and interactive
                   to be active every day. The         features of the new food guidance system can
                     MyPyramid symbol represents       be found online at www.mypyramid.gov.
                       the recommended propor-         Such features include tips and suggestions
                          tion of foods from each      for physical activity, a worksheet to track
                             food group and focuses    eating habits and recommended daily
                               on the importance of    amounts for each food group.
                                 making smart food




                                                                                                        *images used with permission from the USDA.




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Become Involved!
You Can Play an Important Part in Helping to Discover                                                           Prostate Cancer:
New Cancer Prevention Methods                                                                                   Randomized Phase II Trial of Calcitriol in
                                                                                                                Patients with Prostatic Intraepithelial
Listed below are ongoing cancer prevention studies at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.                       Neoplasia

For more information on how you can become involved in CINJ’s Cancer Prevention


                                                                                                                T
                                                                                                                          he Cancer Institute of New Jersey is
Clinical Trials, please call the toll-free prevention hotline at 1-866-654-9898.                                          conducting a study of new treatments
                                                                                                                          for men who have a genetic and mor-
Colon Cancer:                                             Mouth Cancer:                                         phologic precursor to prostate cancer called high-
The Effects of Curcuminoids on Aberrant                   A Phase II Trial to Assess the Effects of
                                                                                                                grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or simply
Crypt Foci in the Human Colon                             Green Tea in Oral Leukoplakia
                                                                                                                PIN. Currently, there is no prevention regimen



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              ealthy volunteers at risk for colorectal                 esearchers at The Cancer Institute of    against PIN. However, recent clinical data demon-
              cancer are needed for a clinical trial at                New Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood            strates that Calcitriol, a Vitamin D derivative, can
              The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.                      Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-        be effective in protecting against prostate cancer.
The trial is looking to see if an aspirin-like drug or    New Jersey Dental School are seeking partici-         This study will look at the effects of Calcitriol on
a substance found in curry and mustard can pre-           pants for a study investigating green tea as a        PIN, and track the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
vent the development of colorectal polyps. A col-         potential agent in the treatment of leukoplakia,      during the course of treatment. The study lasts
orectal screening colonoscopy is provided to vol-         a pre-malignant lesion of the mouth that often        approximately 32 weeks and eligible participants
unteers at Robert Wood Johnson University                 precedes oral cancer. Lozenges containing green       cannot have been previously diagnosed with
Hospital as part of this investigation.                   tea will be taken by participants eight times per     prostate cancer.
Compensation is offered to offset the costs of par-       day for twelve weeks to see if the leukoplakia
ticipation.                                               lesions get smaller. If you have oral leukoplakia     Prevent Recurrence:
                                                          lesions, you may be eligible to participate in this   Phase III Chemoprevention Trial of Selenium
Uterine Cancer:                                                                                                 Supplementation in Persons with Resected
                                                          study.                                                Stage One Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
A Randomized, Controlled, Comparative
Study of a Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System



                                                                                                                H
for the Prevention of Endometrial Cancer in               Cancer Fatigue:                                                   ave you or someone you know had
Patients Age 40-50 with BMI Greater                       Evaluating the Effects of Dextromethorpan in                      lung cancer? Studies have shown that
Than 40                                                   Patients Suffering from Cancer-Related
                                                                                                                            patients who have had lung cancer are
                                                          Fatigue



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               bese women are more likely to die                                                                at an increased risk of developing another new



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               from Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer.                  he Cancer Institute of New Jersey is con-    lung cancer, even if the first was successfully
               Researchers at The Cancer Institute of              ducting a trial to evaluate the effects of   removed. If you’ve had surgery for stage 1 non-
New Jersey are working to reduce that statistic by                 dextromethorpan in patients suffering        small cell lung cancer within the last 3 years, and
conducting an endometrial cancer prevention               from cancer-related fatigue. Dextromethorpan is a     are over the age of 18, you may be able to help.
study. If you are very heavy and are between the          drug that has been widely and safely used as a        A nationwide clinical research trial is underway to
ages of 40-50, you may be eligible to participate         cough suppressant for more than 35 years.             see if second lung cancers can be prevented. The
in this important cancer prevention study. The            Researchers are looking for patients who are          trial focuses on patients who have already been
Cancer Institute of New Jersey is currently               greater than 12 years of age, can swallow a pill,     treated for stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer and
enrolling patients in this study to determine             and are currently experiencing cancer-related         is designed to see if taking a selenium supple-
whether MIRENA®, a birth control device placed            fatigue. If you are interested in learning more       ment, a mineral found in foods, can reduce the
inside the uterus can prevent endometrial cancer          about this trial opportunity, please contact the      occurrence of new lung tumors in patients who
and other precancerous conditions.                        CINJ Pharmacists at 732/235-7407 or talk to your      are prone to developing second cancers.
                                                          physician.

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    N E W S                   F r o m            T h e          C a n c e r                   I n s t i t u t e

    o f        N e w            J e r s e y             F o u n d a t i o n . . .



                                 Award of Hope Gala To Honor Mary Lasser,
                                 Thomas E. Lasser Foundation
                                 Tenth Annual Event to Feature Eve Ensler Performance at NJPAC September 17
           To learn
                                            he Award of Hope is            mitment to melanoma research                               Joseph Germino, Associate Profes-
  more about all

 opportunities to
                                 T          the highest honor be-
                                            stowed by The Cancer
                                 Institute of New Jersey to publicly
                                                                           and educational awareness of the
                                                                           disease.
                                                                              In conjunction with this year’s
                                                                                                                                      sor of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert
                                                                                                                                      Wood Johnson Medical School
                                                                                                                                      and Dr. James Goydos, Associate
   support CINJ,                 recognize foundations, corpora-           Gala, CINJ conducted an educa-                             Professor of Surgery, UMDNJ-
                                 tions and individuals who make            tional public media campaign in the                        Robert Wood Johnson Medical
        please call              extraordinary contributions in the        summer. The campaign spotlighted                           School, Co-Directors of CINJ’s
                                 fight against cancer. This year           CINJ’s Melanoma/Sarcoma                                    Melanoma and Soft Tissue
          the CINJ
                                 CINJ is proud to honor Mary               Program and emphasized the                                 Program, with the Award for
   Foundation at                 Lasser and the Thomas E. Lasser           importance of prevention in lower-                         Leadership In Patient Care. This
                                 Foundation for their magnani-             ing the risk of skin cancer.                               award acknowledges healthcare
732/235-8614                     mous support and long-term com-              The Gala will also honor Dr.                            professionals whose life and work
                                                                                                                                      reflect the spirit and mission of
                                                                                                                                      CINJ.
                                                                                                                                         Highlighting this year’s event is a
Survivorship in Action: The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation                                                                           performance by Obie-Award-win-
Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology                                                                                                    ning author Eve Ensler. She most
                                                                                                                                      recently performed her new play,
                                                                                                                                      The Good Body, on Broadway, and
             he Cancer Institute          The Kaleidoscope                                                                            will be sharing excerpts from that

T            of New Jersey will
             establish the Kaleido-
scope of Hope Fellowship, the
                                       of Hope Fellowship
                                       is expected to draw
                                       talented applicants
                                                                                                                                      performance with the Gala audience.
                                                                                                                                         Behind every successful Gala (last
                                                                                                                                      year raising more than $800,000 for
first and only training program        from across the                                                                                CINJ) lies a dedicated and hard-
                                                                                                                         Don Hedden




for gynecologic oncologists in         country, and be very                                                                           working group of volunteers who
the state, thanks to a generous        competitive. It will                                                                           work with staff to bring support to
gift made by the Kaleidoscope          begin in the summer                    Shown at the 2005 Kaleidoscope of                       the event. CINJ gratefully acknowl-
of Hope Foundation to support          of 2006.                               Hope Awards Dinner are, left to right:                  edges the members of this year’s
                                                                              Dr. Lorna Rodriguez, Chief of Gyne-
a four year post-doctoral fellow          Based in Madison, NJ,               cologic Oncology at CINJ, Dr. William
                                                                                                                                      CINJ Award of Hope Executive
at $65,000 a year.                     Kaleidoscope of Hope Founda-           Hait, CINJ Director, Lois Myers, Founder                Advisory Committee:
    This gift meets a pressing         tion was created in 2000 by            of Kaleidoscope of Hope, Congressman
                                                                              Rodney Frelinghuysen, Patricia Stewart                  • Gala Co-Chairs
need to increase the number of         three ovarian cancer survivors:        and Gail MacNeil, Founders of Kaleido-                    Judy and Robert Weisman
trained gynecologic oncologists        Gail MacNeil of Chatham                scope of Hope, and Dr. Darlene Gibbon,
in New Jersey. With fewer than         Township and Lois Myers and            Clinical Director of Gynecologic                        • Auction/Keys Co-chairs
                                                                              Oncology at CINJ.                                         Kristin Patron • Tracey Simon
25 board certified gynecologic         Patricia Stewart of Harding
oncologists practicing in the          Township. These women have             which is staffed entirely by vol-                       • Members
state, CINJ is pleased to offer an     turned their experiences into          unteers, has to date donated                              Vivian Allen • Gary Blender • Marv
OB-GYN physician training              activism to increase awareness of      nearly half a million dollars to                          Goodman • Sung Hait • Barbara Henston •
program in the subspecialty of         the disease and to help fund           organizations involved in ovari-                          Barbara Kirkenir • Mary Lasser • Paul
gynecologic oncology.                  research. The Foundation,              an cancer research and advocacy.                          Mignon• Regina Stem • Vera Tosti
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CINJ Initiates C.R. Bard Urology Scholars Program
                                                                                                                                           Kids Lead the Way in Fundraisers for CINJ

              gift of $10,000                                                                                                                          lementary and high                                                            sells the items in Europe, with the

A                                                                                                                                          E
                                                                                                              John Weiland,                                                           Shave Your Head for Cancer                                                              thing in the area of cancer and
              from the C.R.                                                                                   President and CEO                        school students across            The Peer Lead-                              profits contributing to the pro-         cancer research grew out of inter-
                                                                                                              of C.R. Bard (left)
              Bard Foundation                                                                                 presents Dr. William
                                                                                                                                                       New Jersey proved this         ership Class at                                                    ceeds.               est in their science classes. They
enabled CINJ to initiate The                                                                                  Hait, CINJ Director          school year that philanthropy is not       Brookside School                                                      Mary J.           researched the Internet for cancer
C.R. Bard Urology Scholars                                                                                    and Bob Campbell,            solely for adults. In a variety of proj-   in Allendale, NJ,                                                  Ratkowski, club      organizations and chose CINJ to
                                                                                                              Chair of CINJ’s Board
Program this summer. The                                                                                                                   ects, students showed how much             launched a Shave                                                  advisor of Kids       be their beneficiary.
                                                                                                              of Overseers with a
program provides two medical                                                                                                               they care by raising money to con-         Your Head for                                                     That Care, said
                                     Linz Photography




                                                                                                              check for the C.R.
students the opportunity to                                                                                   Bard Urology                 tribute to the work of CINJ.               Cancer cam-                                                      that the students      Below: The Kids That Care Club at Perth
                                                                                                              Scholars Program.                                                                                                                        are very committed     Amboy High School worked hard during
explore urologic oncology                                                                                                                                                             paign this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the school year to raise funds for CINJ.
research as a career specialty.                                                                                                            Quarters for the Cure                      to raise funds                                                  to “making
   The C.R. Bard Urology                                nity to educate medical stu-          Jersey and provide them with a                  In only the second year of this         for CINJ. Stu-                                                 a difference,”
Scholars Program supports the                           dents about the various aspects       solid foundation with which to               initiative organized by the CINJ           dents in this school, Above:                                  and are
training of two medical stu-                            of urology practices,” said Dr.       make discoveries that could                  Foundation, the number of partici-         grades 4-8, enlisted       Students at the Brookside        proactive in
dents in both the clinical and                          Ronald A. Morton, Jr., Director       lead to improvements in the                  pating schools grew from 21 to 47,                                    School in Allendale gathered     choosing who
                                                                                                                                                                                      sponsors to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sponsors and shaved their
research aspects of urology.                            of Urologic Oncology at CINJ          care of patients with urologic               raising $12,400 by filling up five-        donations and raised heads to support CINJ.                 the beneficiar-
Students work in the laborato-                          and Chief of the Division of          diseases.”                                   gallon water bottles with quarters.        $2,500. Coach Scott                                         ies of their phi-
ries of CINJ, studying the latest                       Urology, Department of                   C.R. Bard, Inc, headquar-                    Heights Elementary School in            Reid, who teaches the Peer Lead-               lanthropy will be. Their
and potential treatments for                            Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert                 tered in Murray Hill, N.J., is a             Oakland, NJ, was the top fundrais-         ership Class, said, “The kids got              focus on doing some-
urologic cancers and are men-                           Wood Johnson Medical School.          leading multinational developer,             ing school, bringing in                           involved because we are all
tored by a researcher as well as a                      “Through this program we              manufacturer and marketer of                 $1,001 in                                         affected by this and they
clinician.                                              hope to increase the number of        innovative, life-enhancing med-              an effort                                          want to be part of the
   “We are extremely grateful to                        physician-scientists participat-      ical technologies in the fields of           led by the                                         cure.”                               Exclusively for Women:
the C.R. Bard Foundation for                            ing in urologic oncology              vascular, urology, oncology and              Student                                                Seven male teachers and          Fannie E. Rippel Foundation Center for
providing us with the opportu-                          research programs in New              surgical specialty products.                 Council.                                            44 boys shaved their heads.
                                                                                                                                           CINJ pre-                                           Not to be left out, four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Women’s Reproductive Cancers
                                                                                                                                           sented the                                           female teachers and 20
                                                                                                                                           school with                                                                                               $1 million grant from    said Dr. Lorna Rodriguez, Chief

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A
                                                                                                                                                                                                girls cut their hair for
                                                                                                                                           an award at                                           “Locks for Love.” Ten                               the Fannie E. Rippel     of the Division of Gynecologic
What Do Princeton Football Coaches Do in the Off Season?                                                                                   the end of                                 area hairstylists volunteered their                            Foundation has made      Oncology at CINJ and Associate
                                                                                                                                           year assembly, and Regina                  time and skills for this event.                possible a state-of-the-art clinic for   Professor of Obstetrics,
     n the off-season                                                                            orous instruction and drills              Cunningham, Ph.D., R.N., CINJ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     women with gynecologic cancers           Gynecology and Reproductive
     Princeton University                                                                        in the basics of the sport,               Chief Nursing Officer and Director         Kids That Care                                 at CINJ. With more than 2,516            Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood
     football coaches take                                                                       the event culminated in a                 of Ambulatory Services, talked to             Elizabeth Lund, President of                gynecologic cancer patient visits        Johnson Medical School.
on a unique challenge:                                                                           flag football game. The                   students about cancer prevention.          the Perth Amboy High School                    expected in 2005, the Fannie E.             Located on the ground floor
turning a crowd of enthusi-                                                                      game gave women a chance                  Students received floating coin hold-      club Kids That Care, presented a               Rippel Foundation Center for             of CINJ, the new space is
astic women (all heart, no                                                                       to team up on an unfamiliar               ers as prizes. A special thanks to         $1,000 donation to CINJ in a                   Reproductive Cancers meets a             thoughtfully designed to have its
game) into a well-oiled                                                                          field of play and put points              Principal Barbara Ciambra and              year-end ceremony led by princi-               critical healthcare need of New          own look and atmosphere. The
gridiron machine. Each                                                                           on the board against cancer.              Student Council advisors Stacey            pal Rosalia Czaban. Approxi-                   Jersey’s women.                          Center includes reception and
spring, the coaches hold                                                                            The Princeton football                 Contreras and Lisa Zaretsky, who led       mately 20 high school students                    “Support from the Fannie E.           treatment areas that are private
the Princeton University                                                                         coaches devote their time                 the project. Commerce Bank helped          participated in a variety of activi-           Rippel Foundation has enabled            and personal. Patients visiting
Women’s Football Clinic to                                Princeton Football coaches teach    and energy to make this event                to sponsor the program with a              ties throughout the year to raise              The Cancer Institute of New              the Center also have access to the
raise money and create good                              women how to play the game at this   a great success. Coach Eric                  $2,500 donation, and by setting up         the funds, including a raffle for a            Jersey to establish a premier center     latest clinical trials and treatment
                                                             annual fundraiser for CINJ.
will for The Cancer Institute of                                                              Johnson organized this year’s                a bank account for the quarters            DVD player, a bake sale, and lol-              for gynecologic cancers. Our             options available in gynecologic
New Jersey.                                             Princeton football field on May       fundraiser, under the leader-                counted in their local branches.           lipop sales. Faculty joined stu-               shared vision for addressing the         oncology, a number of which are
   Sixty-five women made their                          1, 2005 to score for CINJ.            ship of Head Coach Roger                                                                dents in donating used clothing                needs of women with reproduc-            new therapies developed by
donations and hit the                                   Following an afternoon of rig-        Hughes.                                                                                 that was sold to a company that                tive cancers has become a reality,”      CINJ physician-scientists.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School and The Cancer Institute of
 The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Presents…
                                                                                                                                                           The Cancer Institute                                                 New Jersey Welcome Dr. Bruce Haffty
                                                                                                                                                           of New Jersey Announces
 National Cancer Survivors Day –                                                                                                                           Changes in Leadership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ruce G. Haffy, M.D.        Ladies Home Journal, Redbook

 An Evening with Linda Ellerbee                                                                                                                            New Chief Medical and Operating Officer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has been named
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chair of the Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Good Housekeeping have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   also listed Dr. Haffty as one of
                                                                                                                                                           Deputy Director and Associate Director for                           ment of Radiation Oncology at      the country’s top physicians.



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              n June 16, 2005, The         tains and making a noise.                                             three Peabody Awards (including
               Cancer Institute of            Ellerbee began her career at                                       one personal Peabody given to             Basic Science Named                                                  UMDNJ- Robert Wood                   In addition to his clinical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Johnson Medical School, and        practice, Dr. Haffty has served
              New Jersey celebrated        CBS News, then moved to NBC                                           Ellerbee for her coverage of the
           National Cancer Survi-          News where, after covering poli-                                      Clinton investigation), a duPont                                                                               appointed Associate Director       on numerous national com-
 vor’s Day by presenting “An Eve-
 ning with Linda Ellerbee” at the
 George Street Playhouse in New
 Brunswick. Close to 200 cancer
                                           tics, she cultivated a diverse follow-
                                           ing in the 1980s with the pio-
                                           neering late-night news pro-
                                           gram NBC News Overnight,
                                                                                                                 Columbia Award and three Emmys
                                                                                                                                         These days,
                                                                                                                                     Ellerbee and her
                                                                                                                                     work can be seen
                                                                                                                                                           T           he Cancer
                                                                                                                                                                        Institute of New
                                                                                                                                                                      Jersey has
                                                                                                                                                           announced changes and
                                                                                                                                                                                           support the Director and
                                                                                                                                                                                           oversee all scientific
                                                                                                                                                                                           research and laboratory
                                                                                                                                                                                           functions in his role as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Director of Radiation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oncology at The Cancer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Institute of New Jersey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Prior to joining CINJ, Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mittees related to research and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   education in radiation oncolo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   gy. He serves on the editorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   boards of 10 medical journals,
 survivors and their families gath-        which she wrote and anchor-                                                               all over the tele-    additions to its leadership     Deputy Director. As
 ered at the playhouse as Linda            ed. After numerous awards,                                                                vision universe,      team. Dr. Mary Todd has         Associate Director for Basic         Haffty was pro-                             and has mentored
 Ellerbee shared her experiences as a      including an Emmy for best                                                                with Lucky Duck       been appointed to the posi-     Science, Dr. White will              fessor, vice chair-                         many medical stu-
 breast cancer survivor.                   writing on the ABC show,                                                                  currently produc-     tion of Chief Medical and       oversee CINJ’s various basic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                man and clinical                            dents, trainees, and
                                                                                                                                     ing primetime         Operating Officer. Dr.          research programs and
                                                                                                                                     specials for nearly                                                                        director, Depart-                           junior faculty in con-
                                                                                                                                                           Arnold Rabson has been          encourage the collaboration
                                                                                                                  Above: Linda       all the cable net-    appointed to the role of        of basic science researchers         ment of Thera-                              ducting clinical and
                                                                                                                  Ellerbee shares
                                                                                                                  her experiences    works including       Deputy Director, while Dr.      across divisions.                    peutic Radiology,                           translational research.
                                                                                                                  with cancer        HBO, Lifetime,        Eileen White has been              In addition to their posi-        Yale School of                              He currently serves as
                                                                                    Photos by Linz Photography




                                                                                                                                     and SOAPnet           appointed the new               tions at CINJ, Drs. Todd
                                                                                                                  Left: Attendees                                                                                               Medicine and                                co-editor of The
                                                                                                                  celebrate life at
                                                                                                                                     among many            Associate Director for Basic    and Rabson are faculty
                                                                                                                  CINJ’s 2005        others. Ellerbee      Science.                        members at UMDNJ-                    Yale-New Haven Hospital. He        Cancer Journal, and has
                                                                                                                  National Cancer    was most recent-         “These changes in lead-      Robert Wood Johnson                  received his Bachelor of           recently been appointed as
                                                                                                                  Survivor’s Day
                                                                                                                                     ly honored with       ership reflect the growth of    Medical School and Dr.               Science Degree from the            one of the radiation oncology
                                                                                                                  Event
                                                                                                                                     the 2004 Emmy         The Cancer Institute of         White is a faculty member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                University of Massachusetts        trustees to the American
    Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken         Our World, Ellerbee left network                                      Award for her series entitled When        New Jersey and the willing-     at Rutgers University. Dr.
 journalist, award-winning televi-         news to begin her own production                                      I Was a Girl for the new WE:              ness of our faculty to          Todd is a Professor of               and a master’s degree in bio-      Board of Radiology. Dr. Haffty
 sion producer, best-selling author,       company, Lucky Duck Promotions                                        Women’s Entertainment network.            expand their areas of           Medicine at UMDNJ-                   medical engneering from            also currently sits on the
 and one of the most sought-after          with her partner, Rolfe Tessem.                                           As a breast cancer survivor,          expertise,” said William N.     Robert Wood Johnson                  Worcester Polytechnic Institute.   Accreditation Council for
 speakers in America.                         Lucky Duck Promotions began                                        Ellerbee travels thousands of miles       Hait, M.D., Ph.D.,              Medical School and Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He received his M.D. from the      Graduate Medical Education
    Revered as a pioneer, a survivor       producing documentaries for PBS                                       each year giving inspirational            Director of CINJ. “I look       Rabson is a Professor of
 and role model for young and old,         in 1987, and a little over four years                                 speeches to others. She has skillful-                                                                          Yale School of Medicine.           residency review committee
                                                                                                                                                           forward to working with         Molecular Genetics,
 Ellerbee charms sell out audiences        later began producing Nick News                                       ly guided discussions on business         each of them as they help       Microbiology and                       Dr. Haffty’s clinical areas of   for radiation oncology.
 across the country. She speaks to         for Nickelodeon with Ellerbee                                         management, health, women’s               us to reach our goal of         Immunology and Professor             expertise include breast cancer,     “We are pleased to wel-
 them about surviving a changing           writing and hosting. Fourteen                                         issues, television news, advertising,     becoming one of the top         of Pathology at UMDNJ-               and head and neck cancer. In       come Dr. Haffty to the CINJ
 world with her heart intact. They         years later, Nick News is watched                                     internet privacy and security, kid's      ten NCI-designated cancer       Robert Wood Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005, Dr. Haffty was named a       and UMDNJ-Robert Wood
 come to hear her trademark wit            by more children than all other tel-                                  television and much more.                 centers in the nation.”         Medical School. Dr. White
 and wisdom on everything from             evision news shows put together---                                        She is truly a woman of great            As Chief Medical and         is a Professor in the                Top Doctor in New York mag-        Johnson Medical School family
 family life, friendship, getting fired,   and has earned honors traditional-                                    spirit and determination.                 Operating Officer, Dr.          Department of Biological             azine, and included in Top         and are extremely proud of his
 building a career, starting a compa-      ly associated with adult program-                                                                               Todd will coordinate all        Sciences at Rutgers                  Cancer Doctors in America and      prestigious honors and accom-
 ny, discovering love, politics, femi-     ming. Known for the respectful and                                    CINJ thanks Linda Ellerbee and            administrative and financial    University.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in America’s Top Doctors, both     plishments,” said William N.
 nism, surviving breast cancer, re-        direct way it speaks to children                                      all those involved with Survivor’s        activities for the effective
 covering from alcoholism, over-           about the important issues of our                                     Day for making this year’s celebra-       management and operation                                             published by Castle Connolly.      Hait, M.D., Ph.D., Director of
 coming obstacles, climbing moun-          time, Nick News has collected                                         tion an evening to remember.              of CINJ. Dr. Rabson will                                             Best Doctor’s in America,          CINJ.
13                                                                                                                                                                                                                         14
                                                                                                                        • Summer 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Additional Kudos…


                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dr. Eileen White’s, paper          • Several members of CINJ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                             entitled “Key Roles of BIM-driven    nursing staff presented lec-
Faculty and Staff Honors and Awards:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Apoptosis in Epithelial Tumors       tures, posters and research
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Rational Chemotherapy”           findings at the 2005 Oncology
Spirit of Jane Rodney Award Honors CINJ Physician                                                             CINJ                                                     William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.
                                                                                                                                                                       Director                              was published in the March           Nursing Society’s Annual

                                                                                                              Deputy Director                                          Arnold B. Rabson, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                       Deputy Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                             2005 issue of Cancer Cell.           Congress in April. Representa-




T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion from The Cancer Institute
              he Central and           “The Spirit of Jane Rodney       that one person can make a dif-       Receives Teaching                                        Mary B. Todd, D.O.
                                                                                                                                                                       Chief Operating and Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dr. Seena Aisner presented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of New Jersey included: a lec-
              South Jersey Affil-   award was created in memory         ference,” she continued.
            iate of the Susan G.    of our late, beloved director,         Dr. Toppmeyer was selected         Award from the                                           Officer                               her abstract entitled “Expres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             sion of p53, p63 and p73
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ture by Kristen Fessele,
                                                                                                                                                                       Joseph Aisner, M.D.
 Komen Breast Cancer Found-
 ation honored Dr. Deborah
                                    who lost her battle with breast
                                    cancer in January
                                                                        as one of this year’s recipients to
                                                                                    recognize her com-
                                                                                                              Foundation of                                            Associate Director for
                                                                                                                                                                       Clinical Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                             family of genes in osteosarco-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RN, MSN, APN-C,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AOCN, entitled “Got Bones?
 Toppmeyer, Director, LIFE          2002,” said Nancy                               passion and energy        UMDNJ                                                    David A. August, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                       Chief, Division of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ma- single institution study of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It takes more than milk to
 Center for Breast Cancer           Healey, Executive                               on behalf of her                                                                                                         35 patients using tissue micro-
                                                                                                                                                                       Surgical Oncology                                                          maintain skeletal health in
 Awareness and Director, New        Director of the                                 patients, as well as                                                                                                     array” as part of the Scientific
                                                                                                                                                                       Joseph R. Bertino, M.D.



                                                                                                              D
 Jersey Comprehensive Breast        Susan G. Komen                                  her dedication to                                                                                                                                             patients with cancer!,” a
                                                                                                                                                                       Associate Director                    Program in the Sarcoma Gen-
 Cancer Program at CINJ and         Breast Cancer                                   eradicating breast                         r. Arnold                                                                                                          poster presentation by Peggy
                                                                                                                                                                       Michael A. Gallo, Ph.D.
                                                                                                                               Rabson,                                                                       eral Poster Session at the
                                                                                John Emerson
 Professor of Medicine,             Foundation                                      cancer. She is a                                                                   Associate Director for                                                     Joyce, MSN, RN, AOCN
 UMDNJ-Robert Wood                  Central and South                               leader in the field of                  Deputy Director                            Population Science                    2005 American Society of
                                                                                                              of CINJ and Professor in the                             Bruce G. Haffty, M.D.                                                      highlighting the characteristics
 Johnson Medical School, at the     Jersey Affiliate.                               breast oncology and                                                                                                      Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
                                                                                                              Department of Molecular                                  Associate Director                                                         of lung cancer screening par-
 Third Annual Spirit of Jane        “Jane was a passionate leader,      acts as an advocate for patients
                                                                                                                                                                       Barton Kamen, M.D., Ph.D.             Annual Meeting.
 Rodney Award Reception held        tireless fighter and an excep-      and their families by providing       Genetics and Microbiology and                                                                                                       ticipants, a podium presenta-
                                                                                                                                                                       Chief, Division of Pediatric
 at Drumthwacket (the Gov-          tional visionary. She lived life    excellent medical care and not-       the Department of Pathology at                           Hematology/Oncology                  • Brenda Bly, MSW,                    tion by Leah Mraz, MSN,
 ernor’s Mansion), on May 19,       to the fullest, possessing a keen   ing the importance of treating        UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson                                Edmund C. Lattime, Ph.D.              LCSW, and Ellen Levine,              RNC, AOCN of her research
 2005. Dr. Rachel Dultz of          mind and a compassionate soul.      the physical, as well as the emo-     Medical School was presented                             Associate Director for
 Princeton Surgical Associates      Jane had faith in the goodness      tional components of breast                                                                    Education and Training                LCSW, OSWC, gave a pres-             study looking at Information
 was also honored.                  of humanity, and she believed       cancer.                                                                                        Ronald A. Morton, Jr., M.D.           entation on “Basic Training in       seeking behavior among indi-
                                                                                                                                                                       Director of Urologic Oncology
                                                                                                                                                                       Michael Reiss, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Assessment of the Elderly            viduals actively receiving treat-
                                                                                                                                                                       Associate Director for                Oncology Patient” at the 21st        ment for cancer, a discussion
CINJ,UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School                                                                                                                          Translational Research
                                                                                                                                                                       Lorna Rodríguez-Rodríguez,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Annual Association of Oncol-         session on genetic testing for

Physicians Honored by Society of University Surgeons                                                                                                                   M.D., Ph.D.
                                                                                                                                                                       Chief, Division of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ogy Social Workers Conference.       cancer moderated by Deena

                                                                                                                                                                       Gynecologic Oncology                  Ellen also gave a presentation       Centofanti, MS, RN,




                                                                                                                                                   John Emerson
                                                                                                                                                                       Eileen White, Ph.D.                   with Joan Runfola, ACSW,             AOCN, and lectures by



T             hree members of
             the Division of
           Surgical Oncology at
 The Cancer Institute of New
                                    School, were honored by the
                                    Society for excelling in their
                                    work as surgeons, teachers and
                                    researchers and showing great
                                                                        only 250 members under the
                                                                        age of 45 throughout the
                                                                        country,” said David August,
                                                                        M.D., Chief, Division of
                                                                                                              with the Excellence in Teaching
                                                                                                              Award from the Foundation of
                                                                                                                                                                       Associate Director for Basic
                                                                                                                                                                       Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                             LCSW entitled “Oncology
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Social Work at its Best: Inno-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             vative Methods to Help
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Patients Make Decisions about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regina Cunningham,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ph.D., RN on various topics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  including Practical Pharma-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cology of Novel Therapeutics:
 Jersey were recently inducted      promise for the future of aca-      Surgical Oncology at CINJ             UMDNJ. This award is given
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Complementary and                    Mechanisms, Metabolism and
 into the Society of University     demic surgery. Randall Burd,        and Associate Professor of            each year to recognize members
 Surgeons. David Gorski,            M.D., Ph.D., of the Division        Surgery, UMDNJ- Robert                of the UMDNJ faculty who are                             is published quarterly by CINJ’s      Alternative Treatments.”             Drug Interactions; Current
 M.D., Ph.D. and Roderich           of Pediatric Surgery at             Wood Johnson Medical                  outstanding teachers during the                          Office of Communications.
                                                                                                                                                                       If you would like to be added to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Topics in Cancer Quality of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Office of Communica-
 Schwarz. M.D., Ph.D., both         UMDNJ- Robert Wood                  School. “This is a major aca-         academic year.                                           the mailing list please contact us                                         Life: Fatigue, Cognitive
 Assistant Professors of Surgery    Johnson Medical School was          demic honor and having four              “Dr. Rabson is a brilliant                            at 732/235-9891 or                    tions received a 2005
                                                                                                                                                                       ryanje@umdnj.edu.                                                          Dysfunction and Cachexia;
 at UMDNJ-Robert Wood               also inducted into this presti-     surgeons inducted simultane-          teacher, clinician, and role model                                                             Pyramid Award from the Public
 Johnson Medical School and         gious professional Society.         ously from a single institution       and we are delighted to honor                            Candace E. Botnick, M.S.                                                   and Chemotherapy Induced
                                                                                                                                                                       Director of Communications            Relations Society of America-
 James Goydos, M.D., Associate         “Membership in the Society       is a strong testament to the          him in this way,” said Mr. James                                                                                                    Nausea and Vomiting: State of
                                                                                                                                                                       Copy: Jennifer Ryan                   New Jersey Chapter for CINJ’s
 Professor of Surgery, UMDNJ-       of University Surgeons is           academic stature of our institu-      Golubieski, President of the                             Design: Barbara Walsh                                                      the Science.
 Robert Wood Johnson Medical        extremely competitive with          tion.”                                Foundation of UMDNJ.                                             Graphic Design                newsletter, Oncolyte.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Summer 2005



                                                                                          Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs Visits
                                                                                          The Cancer Institute of New Jersey




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photos by Linz Photography
                                                                                          M                    iss America
                                                                                                              2005 Deidre
                                                                                                               Downs join-
                                                                                          ed Dr. William Hait, CINJ
                                                                                          Director and Dr. Barton Kamen,
                                                                                                                                                 Ms. Downs also discussed
                                                                                                                                             the importance of research,
                                                                                                                                             treatment, prevention and edu-
                                                                                                                                             cation for childhood cancers
                                                                                                                                             during an open forum later in
                                                                                                                                                                                  Miss America
                                                                                                                                                                                   2005 Deidre
                                                                                                                                                                                  Downs visits
                                                                                                                                                                                       the CINJ
                                                                                                                                                                               Pediatric Clinic.


                                                                                          Chief of CINJ’s Pediatric                          the afternoon. An aspiring ped-                                                                      Childhood Cancer. An aspiring
                                                                                          Hematology/Oncology Pro-                           iatrician, Ms. Downs travels                                                                         pediatrician, she will spend this
                                                                                          gram and Professor of Pedia-                       extensively addressing audi-                                                                         year working towards in-
D R I N K I N G G R E E N T E A M AY H E L P                                              trics and Pharmacology,                            ences on the importance of                                                                           creasing awareness and com-
P R E V E N T P R O S TAT E C A N C E R                                                   UMDNJ-Robert Wood                                  finding a cure for this deadly                                                                       munity action towards her Miss
                                                                                          Johnson Medical School, on                         disease.                                                                                             America Platform. Although
                                                                                          April 12, 2005 for a tour of                           “Deidre is an exceptional-                                                                       she has visited several children’s
Ongoing Research at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey                                    The Cancer Institute of New                        ly bright young woman who                                                                            hospitals to promote her plat-
Tests Presence of Green Tea Ingredients in the Prostate                                   Jersey, as well as a visit with the                is truly dedicated to increasing    her future endeavors as a                                        form, this was her first visit to
                                                                                          children in CINJ’s pediatric                       awareness of childhood can-         pediatrician.”                                                   a pediatric oncology facility
                                                                                          clinic and the Bristol-Myers                       cers,” said Dr. Kamen. “We are          Miss America 2005 is on a                                    and National Cancer Institute-


R
          esearch is currently underway    then be examined to see if polyphenols         Squibb Children’s Hospital                         delighted that she chose to visit national speaking tour promot-                                     designated Comprehensive
          at CINJ to determine if after    from the green tea are present. The            oncology ward.                                     CINJ and wish her the best in       ing her platform of Curing                                       Cancer Center.                                  18
          drinking green tea, the bene-    findings from this study could help
ficial ingredients (polyphenols)           identify new approaches to preventing
thought to protect against cancer can      the development of prostate cancer.
be found in the prostate. Patients
who are undergoing prostate surgery
are eligible to participate in this
research study, the first of its kind
                                           P   rostate cancer is the second most
                                               common cause of cancer death in
                                           men. According to the American
designed to look at products in the        Cancer Society, approximately 6,500
prostate.                                  New Jersey men will be diagnosed
                                           with prostate cancer this year and             Office of Communications
                                                                                          195 Little Albany Street

“T       his study is an essential first
         step in learning whether green
tea can protect against prostate can-
                                           nearly 850 will die from this disease.

                                           For more information about
                                                                                          New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681




cer,” said Robert Weiss, M.D.,             participating in this, and other cancer
Associate Professor of Surgery,            prevention research studies at
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson                  The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Medical School and Principal               please call 1-866-654-9898 or visit
Investigator for the study at CINJ.        our website at www.cinj.org/
“We must first find out if green tea       prevention/cancer_prevention.
components get into the prostate tis-
sue before we can determine its role in
prostate cancer prevention,” Dr. Weiss
continued.


S   tudy participants will be asked to
    drink anywhere from zero to 5
cups of decaffeinated green tea per day                                                   The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network:
prior to their surgery. Prostate tissue                                                   Partner Hospitals: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital • Atlantic Health System (Morristown Memorial Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, Overlook Hospital) •
                                                                                          Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital • CentraState Healthcare System • Cooper University Hospital (CINJ@Cooper)* • Jersey Shore University Medical Center • JFK Medical Center •
samples from each participant will
                                                                                          Monmouth Medical Center • Raritan Bay Medical Center • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ@Hamilton) • Saint Peter’s University Hospital • Somerset Medical Center • Southern
                                                                                     17   Ocean County Hospital • The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School* • University Medical Center at Princeton •                                                           *Academic Affiliate

				
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