Summer Save-the-Dates: Obliteride and Swim Across America

Summer is in full swing, but are you still looking for activities to fill out your calendar? Check out these two events that will allow you to get outside and be active while supporting and benefiting cancer research.

Fred Hutch Obliteride: Aug. 7-9
ObliterideLogo For our cycling enthusiasts, Obliteride is the perfect opportunity to get some miles in while raising money for our partners at Fred Hutch. And, don’t worry if you consider yourself more of a casual rider. The weekend will feature five different routes including 10, 25, 50, 100, and 150 miles.  All courses will end at Gas Works Park with a post-race celebration. Also, if riding on two wheels isn’t your thing, consider volunteering for the event.

Swim Across America: Sept. 12
swimacross-new-logoIf you prefer water over land, mark your calendar for Swim Across America. SCCA is the beneficiary for this Lake Washington open water swim event where participants will fundraise for SCCA and have the option of swimming a ½ mile, 1 mile, or 2 miles. There is also a Kid’s Splash for children 11 and younger who are able to swim 50 meters. To date, Swim Across America has raised more than $1,000,000 for cancer research, prevention, and treatment at SCCA since the event started in 2009. And even if you’re not a swimmer, you can help out in a variety of ways as a fundraiser or as a volunteer on land or on the water.

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    Third Annual Speed-Crabbing Derby for SCCA

    Dungeness crabbing is projected to reach record numbers this summer in the Puget Sound area. What more of an omen do you need to get out and go crabbing this summer? How about if it’s also for a good cause? The Third Annual Speed-Crabbing Derby benefiting cancer research at SCCA is set for July 11. Speed-crabbing is essentially the same as regular recreational crabbing – except faster! Check out the video below for details on how the derby works:

    The derby is free to enter and the team that weighs in the 10 largest Dungeness crabs by weight will be crowned Puget Sound’s Greatest Recreational Crabbers. But, we know that all participants will walk away winners since the derby directly benefits SCCA. The derby begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Port of Everett. Refer to the event website for more information on registration and rules. Happy crabbing!

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      Interviews With SCCA Doctors at ASCO 2015

      The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its annual meeting earlier this month where medical professionals across the country presented findings on cancer treatments. Several SCCA doctors talked with Patient Power’s Carol Preston about their specific fields. Below are videos of those interviews that discuss colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.

      The Importance of Genetics in Colorectal Cancer

      It used to be that a standard course of treatment for colorectal cancer was based on the cancer’s stage—the size and extent of where the cancer has spread inside the body. In this interview, Dr. Stacey Shiovitz explains that looking at the genetics of the tumor itself can help determine which treatment course may be more successful. Dr. Shiovitz also reports on how a new class of drugs, called PD1 Inhibitors, are working to treat colorectal cancer.

       

      Breast Cancer Treatments

      In this interview, Dr. Sasha Stanton discusses some of the challenges associated with using immunotherapy to treat breast cancer. Where this approach has shown the most promise is in treating certain types of triple-negative breast cancer. Dr. Stanton also talks about treating tumors caused by BRCA mutations and those tumors which are caused by BRCA-like mutations.

       

      Prostate Cancer: Use of Chemotherapy and PSA Screenings

      While some men may be reluctant to undergo chemotherapy for their prostate cancer, in this interview, Dr. Bruce Montgomery discusses how it can be an option for those in the early stages of cancer. Chemotherapy has proven to prolong survival that other drugs cannot. Dr. Montgomery also explains how PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is the only test that currently screens for prostate cancer. While the blood test has been controversial, Dr. Montgomery encourages men to ask their healthcare provider to run the test because it is the only one available associated with prostate cancer.

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        Seattle Magazine’s Best Doctors 2015

        Seattle Magazine is out with its 15th Annual List of Top Doctors in the Puget Sound region. And, to no one’s surprise, many of SCCA’s doctors—36 in all—were included in this year’s list of 459 doctors. Selections were based on an online survey of physicians throughout the Puget Sound area who were asked “To whom would you send a loved one for medical care?”

        The SCCA doctors on this year’s list include:

        Congratulations to the doctors who made this year’s list!

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          SCCA Clinical Trial Openings

          clinical-trialsListed below are clinical trials that have opened at SCCA in the last several weeks. These trials are looking at new treatments for patients with late stage III or IV lung cancer, mesothelioma, stage III or IV breast cancer, oropharynx cancer, and T-cell lymphoma. Check out our website to learn about the more than 200 ongoing clinical trials at SCCA, and follow us on Twitter at @SCCA_Trials  for information about recently opened trials.

          Genetically Modified T-Cells for Stage III-IV Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma (2727)
          Phase I/II study in WT1-expressing non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma, comparing cellular adoptive immunotherapy with polyclonal autologous central memory to naïve CD8+ T-cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific T-cell receptor

          Vaccine Therapy for HER2-Negative Stage III-IV Breast Cancer (9140)
          A Phase I Trial of the Safety and Immunogenicity of a Multiple Antigen Vaccine (STEMVAC) in HER2 Negative Advanced Stage Breast Cancer Patients

          Transoral Surgery Plus Radiation for HPV Positive Stage III-IVA Oropharyngeal Cancer (9188)
          Phase II Randomized Trial of Transoral Surgical Resection followed by Low-Dose or Standard-Dose IMRT in Resectable p16+ Locally Advanced Oropharynx Cancer

          Folotyn in Combination With Oral Leucovorin for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma (20141037)
          A Phase 2, Single-Arm, Open-Label, Multicenter, Study of Folotyn® (Pralatrexate) in Combination with Oral Leucovorin to Prevent or Reduce Mucositis in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory (R/R) Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma (PTCL)

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