Hollings Headlines // July 2022
Sarcoma Awareness Month
A policeman's guardian angels
Charleston Chief of Police Luther Reynolds has been open with the community about his diagnosis of a rare sarcoma and the resulting treatment, which resulted in the amputation of his leg and part of his hip and sacrum.

In return, the community has opened its heart to him. He says the cards, prayers and well wishes, such as from Dawn Morgan, above, have provided immeasurable support.

Through it all, Reynolds says his wife has been his hero. She's been by his side every step of the way.

"The other heroes that I like to talk about a lot are the nurses, the techs, the doctors, the people that clean the rooms, the people that do the food preparation and the food delivery, the people that I go to beforehand and during for the lab work, the administrative staff that helps us coordinate these visits and get us in and out. I call them my guardian angels, my heroes."
Chief Reynolds sits down for Hollings Cross Talk
Charleston Chief of Police Luther Reynolds sat down with Hollings director Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., to talk about his cancer journey.

He started with the shocking diagnosis after he was persuaded to see a doctor for what he thought was normal middle-aged back pain and showed his determination to do everything that he used to do with two legs – only with one leg.
Determined to walk on his own again
Burpees – a notoriously difficult exercise that somehow combines squats, push-ups and jumps - are hard enough with two legs.

But with one?

Charleston Chief of Police Luther Reynolds shows what's possible.
Getting ahead of cancer's adaptations
What if common drugs, already used to treat conditions like diabetes or HIV, could be combined in new ways to fight cancer?

Joe Delaney, Ph.D., and Michael Lilly, M.D., are teaming up to find out. They're working on a small clinical trial to see whether combinations of these drugs can fight cancer with fewer side effects for patients. By combining drugs, the trial hopes to identify a combination that prevents the cancer cells from developing resistance.

“We’re really enthusiastic that this might be that opportunity to try multiple drugs,” says Delaney. “Since we started from that side effect profile to begin with, hopefully we have something that has much less toxicity. And of course, we’ll be finding out in the coming months if that’s actually true or not.”
Tomorrow's researchers
Consider Adam Pressley, a young man considering a career in public health.

Or look to Latavia Fields, a young woman who's been interested in medicine as long as she can remember.

They're just two of the dozen undergraduates, mostly from historically Black colleges and universities, who are working in Hollings laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers this summer as part of the South Carolina Cancer Health Equity Consortium.

Addressing cancer health equity
Join the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Research Center (SC CADRE) for a Virtual Cancer Health Equity Research Symposium. Hear from:

• Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Winn, director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center
"Structure, Health Disparities and Cancer"

Dr. Courtney Thomas, assistant professor at South Carolina State University
“Determination of anti-AGE properties of SC native pseudognaphalium

Dr. Larry J. Ferguson, prostate cancer survivor and advocate
"My journey as a prostate cancer survivor and patient advocate."

Dr. John Luque, associate professor at Florida A&M University
 “Colorectal cancer screening in African American patients at community health
centers: TUNE-UP study preliminary findings”

July 29, 2022
Noon to 4 p.m.
Download the new HCC clinical trials mobile app
A new mobile app enabling a search for currently active clinical trials is now available for download to iOS and Android phones.

Just go to your device's App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android) and search for "Hollings Clinical Trials."

Alternately, you can go directly to these links:

Once installed, the app enables trial searches by disease type, modality and more, with a link to the study's NCT page, plus study documents which can be downloaded to your device.
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center on SC Public Radio
On this week's Health Focus, Bobbi Conner talks to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center nurse navigator Claudia Miller.

Listen for the segment on air throughout the week, or go to southcarolinapublicradio.org/show/health-focus.
Find support in community
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has a virtual breast cancer support group that is moderated by providers with expertise in the psychological impact of cancer.

The group meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m.

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