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The Center for Colon Cancer Research is currently hosting a Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program for undergraduate minority science students who have an interest in biomedical research.  This program has been running since May 24, and ends on July 29, 2015.  The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program is to provide undergraduate minority students with an opportunity to work in a research laboratory related to their career interest, and to decide whether a research career is a good fit for them. For those students interested in a research career, this program will provide them with information for applying and being accepted to a high-caliber graduate training program.  This summer experience, along with their own hard work and good grades, will help them become highly competitive applicants.

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Annie Thibault and Gailya Walter at the 2015 ACS Palliative Care Forum in Charleston, SC.

Charleston’s Roper St. Francis Hosts American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Event

CHARLESTON, S.C. —June 10, 2015—The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a Patient Quality of Life Forum today at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center. The event brought together doctors, lawmakers and patients to build awareness, understanding and dialogue around the importance of palliative care and quality of life for patients living with serious chronic illnesses like cancer.

Palliative care honors patient choice about treatment goals and helps bring the family into the care process. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

“Conquering cancer and other chronic illness is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery,” said Nancy Cheney, ACS CAN director of government relations in South Carolina. “Today provided an opportunity for health care organizations to listen and learn from one another and to share their views and concerns.”

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In case you were unable to attend Wednesday's lecture, below is the video from Dr. James Allison's talk.