Let’s Talk About Breast Cancer Surgery

  • January 23, 2020

Let’s Talk About Breast Cancer Surgery. It’s a fearful topic, but the procedure could save your life. Learn what you need to know about surgery options for breast cancer from Janie Grumley, M.D., Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Providence Saint John’s Center.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Announces She Is Cancer-Free: What to Know

  • January 10, 2020

After receiving a cancer diagnosis for the fourth time, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s cancer-free. “Her journey is an exception — she clearly is strong and resilient,” said Dr. Anton Bilchik, professor of surgery at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Read the full article by Healthline to learn about her journey and pancreatic cancer.

More Americans Are Drinking Themselves to Death Than Ever, Study Says

  • January 9, 2020

Alcohol is causing more deaths in America than ever, according to a new study. Anton Bilchik, M.D., surgical oncologist, and Director of Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Program at JWCI, explains why alcohol-related deaths are rising in an article by Prevention.

Novel Epigenomic and Oncogenic Drivers of Melanoma Metastasis and Therapeutic Resistance

  • December 20, 2019

The department of Translational Molecular Medicine and the JWCI Sequencing Center under Dr. Dave Hoon, received a $4.5 million grant for Novel Epigenomic and Oncogenic Drivers of Melanoma Metastasis and Therapeutic Resistance and new approaches of next generation sequencing for various solid tumors from the Adeleson Melanoma Research Foundation for three years. This will be 8 years of continual funding in a multi-Institute collaborative funding program in cancer and neuro-related diseases.

Agenus Commences Combination Trial of its Next-Gen CTLA-4 with its PD-1 Antibody

  • December 20, 2019

In collaboration with Agenus, Dr. Steven O’Day, Executive Director of the John Wayne Cancer Institute & Cancer Clinic, is working on a combination study with two novel CTLA-4 and PD-1 immunotherapy drugs for patients with advanced cancers. Dr. O’Day’s site treated the first patient in the world with the novel CTLA-4 Inhibitor, AGEN1181. Now his site has treated the first patient with AGEN1181 in combination with AGEN2034, a PD-1 inhibitor. This promising combination of immunotherapy is at the forefront of testing a variety of advanced cancers for all solid tumors.

20 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctors Once a Year

  • December 13, 2019

Making an appointment for your annual doctor’s visit is the first step toward taking care of your health. But once you’re actually at the doctor’s office, if you’re not actively asking questions and getting educated about your wellbeing, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Learn the 20 questions you should ask your doctor once a year.

Quitting Vaping Affects Your Body In These 4 Ways, Experts Say

  • December 5, 2019

Dr. Osita Onugha, MD, assistant professor of thoracic surgical oncology JWCI, explains what happens to your body when you stop vaping in an article by Bustle.

Permanent Hair Dyes and Chemical Straighteners Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk, Study Shows

  • December 5, 2019

A new study shows permanent hair dyes and chemical straighteners have been linked to increase your breast cancer risk. Janie Grumley, M.D., a breast surgical oncologist and director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Providence Saint John’s, comments on the study and explains how to prevent breast cancer in an article by Prevention.

Psycho-Oncologists Open Minds to Role of Mental Health in Patient Outcomes

  • November 25, 2019

Shanthi Gowrinathan, MD, a psychiatrist specializing in Psycho-oncology at JWCI, shares insight into the mental health challenges of patients with cancer and the services many require to optimize their quality of life during all phases of their cancer journey in an article by Oncology Times.

Why It’s a Terrible Idea to Make Your Own Vaping Juice

  • November 18, 2019

As flavored e-cigarettes are being taken off the market, more people are mixing their own vaping juices at home using online recipes. Learn why this a bad idea from Dr. Osita Onugha, MD, assistant professor of thoracic surgical oncology and director of the Surgical Innovation Lab at JWCI.