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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, July 2014
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Research Identifies Potential New Treatment Approach for Lung Cancer



More than a third of all human cancers are driven by mutations in a family of genes known as Ras. Ras has long been considered to be a target that does not respond to cancer treatment drugs, but recent research suggests new possibilities. Investigators led by Eileen White, PhD, associate director for basic science at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, demonstrated that targeting a metabolic dependency downstream of Ras could provide therapeutic benefit to patients with Ras-driven lung cancers.Learn more

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Leader Named to National Panel



David J. Foran, PhD, chief informatics officer and executive director of biomedical informatics and computational imaging at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been appointed as a Charter Member for Study Section for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. In this role, Dr. Foran, who is also a professor of pathology, laboratory medicine and radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is responsible for providing expert review as to the scientific merit and clinical relevance of grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health for funding consideration.Learn more

Training the Next Generation of Breast Cancer Surgeons


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The Breast Surgery Fellowship Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is receiving a $75,000 training grant from the Breast Cancer Alliance to support a surgical fellow for academic year 2014-2015. It is the third consecutive year that the non-profit entity has given this award to the program. The training grant will support the program's newest breast surgery fellow, Tara Balija, MD, beginning July 1. Dr. Balija currently serves as a chief surgical resident at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which is the Cancer Institute's Flagship hospital.Learn more

Excessive Sun Exposure: Just Say No



Summer is here and that means more time outdoors. While some may feel a tan makes them appear healthier and perhaps even more attractive, sun exposure is harmful. With excessive sun exposure, everyone, but especially those who are fair-skinned and burn easily, is at risk. Vadim Koshenkov, MD, a surgical oncologist in the Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute and an assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, shares some tips on how to stay "sun smart" this season.Learn more

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