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Fighting a rare central nervous system tumor with research and optimism

In January 2016, Sarah Rosenfeld had such severe pain shooting down her legs she couldn’t walk, sleep or care for her young daughters. After weeks of physical therapy for what she thought was sciatica, she had an MRI. Thirty-seven-year-old Rosenfeld learned she had something far worse: myxopapillary ependymoma, a rare cancerous tumor in her spinal cord. She came to the NIH for treatment options and enrolled in a clinical trial with Mark Gilbert, M.D., Chief of the Neuro-Oncology Branch at the Center for Cancer Research.

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New clinical program will study metastatic colorectal cancer in viable patient tissue samples

Jonathan Hernandez, M.D., Investigator in the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch, has established a new clinical program to understand how metastases form, which may yield insights into how to treat or even prevent them. The program will conduct first-of-their-kind studies with tumor-containing liver that is kept alive outside of the body after it is removed from a patient. Read more…

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Former clinical trial patient featured on CBS This Morning

Dr. Jon LaPook, Chief Medical Correspondent at CBS News, recently featured Michael Becker during a segment on CBS This Morning. Becker, who is a former patient of James Gulley, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, is fighting head and neck cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). He previously participated in a clinical trial at CCR and has made it his personal mission to spread the word about the HPV vaccine. Watch the segment here…

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Pediatric patients featured in NIH Children’s Inn 2017 Annual Report

Lucy was diagnosed with Hyper IgE syndrome or Job’s syndrome – a rare genetic illness that puts her at risk for developing serious lung and skin infections. Avery has a rare NFKB1 gene mutation that compromises her immune system. For both patients, clinical trials at the Center for Cancer Research provided life-saving bone marrow transplants to address infections caused by immune deficiencies. Lucy and Avery stay at The Children’s Inn when they come to NIH for treatment. Read Lucy’s story (page 3) and Avery’s story (page 5) in the Children’s Inn Annual Report…

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