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December 2016
The latest news on research, treatment, prevention and education from the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS

Dr. Steven K. Libutti Named as New Rutgers Cancer Institute Director and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Aiming to further propel scientific discovery as well as augment and expand comprehensive cancer services for patients through collaborative efforts with Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health, Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, has been named as the new Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and will serve as Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Rutgers University. Libutti also will serve as Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health, further strengthening the university's partnership with the healthcare system.

Michael Gatza, PhD

Exploring Pathway Messaging in the Development of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey researcher Michael L. Gatza, PhD, PhD, has received a $200,000 grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research to explore a cell pathway in triple-negative breast cancer. Dr. Gatza, who is also an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, aims to identify what regulates the messaging in this pathway so that personalized therapeutic strategies can be developed to treat this disease.

Donate Blood

A Different Type of Holiday Gift

The search for that perfect holiday present may be on, but you may want to consider a different type of gift to give this year. As Dennis Cooper, MD, co-director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explains, the need for blood donations - used for surgical procedures and even some cancer treatments - tends to be great this time of year.

Donna Richardson, LCSW, LCADC, CTTS

Quitting Tobacco Use: A Forecast for 2017

When looking ahead to a new year, some make a plan to stop tobacco use. As tobacco treatment specialist Donna L. Richardson, LCSW, LCADC, CTTS, of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program tells us, it's never too late to quit. Supported by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health, the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program provides free, specialized, individualized, supportive treatment to patients and promotes tobacco cessation treatment, research, and education in the interest of cancer prevention.