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The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, June 2013

Your link to the latest news on research, treatment, prevention and education from the state's only

National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center



Cancer Institute of New Jersey Remembers United States Senator
Frank Lautenberg



The Cancer Institute of New Jersey remembers U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg who passed away earlier this week. Senator Lautenberg was pivotal in the establishment of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and it becoming New Jersey's first National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in 1991. It was due in part to Senator Lautenberg's support that the Cancer Institute received Federal funding to help construct the Cancer Institute's original building that opened in 1997. Senator Lautenberg was also a champion for examining the link between the environment and cancer and a staunch supporter of the Superfund program. Senator Lautenberg leaves a legacy of advocating for New Jersey's citizens. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

Annual Bike Ride Supports New Research on Blood Cancers



The annual Century for the Cure Bike Ride that has raised more than $1 million since 2005 for research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey is now making it possible for new scientific exploration in the area of hematologic malignancies or blood cancers. The 'Century for the Cure Research Award' was created to enhance basic and translational research not previously focused on in the area of blood cancers. Cancer Institute of New Jersey investigators Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD, John Glod, MD, PhD, and Lori Covey, PhD, are the first award recipients. They will explore abnormalities in the development of infant leukemia, as well as the potential for new therapies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The 2013 Century for the Cure Bike Ride will take place on September 7.Learn more

Precision Medicine at Cancer Institute of New Jersey: Making it Personal 



Having given $4 million to LIFE Center programs at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey through the years, the foundation named for Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) veteran Val Skinner is now supporting precision medicine efforts at the Institute. Precision medicine drills down to the tiniest of details when it comes to examining molecular and genomic information within each person's cancer. The aim is to identify genomic changes and patterns in individual cancers that may influence treatment decisions and potential outcomes. This latest gift from the Val Skinner Foundation will help support these efforts.Learn more

Cancer Institute of New Jersey will Integrate with Rutgers University on July 1st 



Effective July 1, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey will become an independent unit of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This integration is made possible through the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which was approved by the state Legislature and signed by Governor Chris Christie last year. The move integrates all of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, except University Hospital and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, into Rutgers University. The integration with Rutgers will allow the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to create new relationships and research opportunities, and to enhance delivery of services throughout the state and beyond. Patients can be assured that they will continue to receive the same excellent care in the same location. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's contact information and website address will remain the same as well.

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