The Tisch Cancer Institute Receives National Designation

The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, an honor reserved for an elite group of U.S. institutions committed to researching and treating cancer.

In conjunction with the NCI designation, The Tisch Cancer Institute received a five-year, $8.5 million grant to support research and the recruitment of top physicians and scientists. More than 50 of the nation’s leading cancer researchers have joined The Tisch Cancer Institute since it was established in 2008. Read more

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

Singer and musician Johannes Schwaiger—who lost his voice after radiation treatment for throat and neck cancer but regained it following treatment at Mount Sinai Beth Israel—entertained more than 200 guests at Mount Sinai’s annual National Cancer Survivors Day® luncheon, held recently at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center. Among the attendees were cancer survivors, their families and friends, and Mount Sinai faculty and staff. Charles L. Shapiro, MD, Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Dubin Breast Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Translational Breast Cancer Research, and Director of Cancer Survivorship, Tisch Cancer Institute, delivered the keynote address. “More cancer survivors will experience cures, mainly due to screening, early detection, and improved treatments and supportive care,” Dr. Shapiro says. “Sometimes treatment causes long-term side effects that can affect survivors’ quality of life, so we need to prevent or treat them effectively.”

Multiple Myeloma Symposium Provides Clinical Insights

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and Sundar Jagannath, MD, Director, Multiple Myeloma Program, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai Health System, teamed up recently to host a free patient education symposium at the Sheraton New York. Dr. Jagannath is a renowned researcher and clinician in the treatment of multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that results from abnormal growth of plasma cells. The MMRF, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, is the world’s No. 1 private funder of multiple myeloma research. The 200 attendees learned about managing the disease and today’s most promising treatment options from leading Mount Sinai clinicians. Participants included Ajai Chari, MD, Director of Clinical Research, Multiple Myeloma Program; and Hearn Jay Cho, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), and Bethann Scarborough, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine), at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai’s Multiple Myeloma Program is the largest of its kind in New York City.

A New Era for Bone Marrow Transplantation

Seminal research led by James Ferrara, MD, DSc, Ward-Coleman Chair in Cancer Medicine, has produced a promising approach to treating patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)—a sometimes fatal complication of bone marrow transplantation in which the donor’s immune cells attack the recipient’s body. Bone marrow transplants are often used to treat patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood diseases. Read more

Cooking Classes Help Cancer Survivors Make Nutrition Changes

When Ann Ogden was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2001, she had no idea that creating a cooking network for cancer patients would someday become her great life’s work. Ann was, professionally, a fashion designer, but she found her culinary knowledge to be particularly useful while managing the side effects of treatment for a later diagnosed breast cancer. She would swap recipes with other patients, who found her guidance helpful and encouraged her to do more with her skills. In 2007, Cook for Your Life–a website dedicated to providing healthy recipes, cooking tips and nutrition information to cancer survivors–was born. Read more