Hollings Headlines // October 2021
Hollings marks historic visit
First lady Dr. Jill Biden toured Hollings to raise awareness about breast cancer and screenings during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The initiative is personal for Biden, who had four close friends diagnosed with breast cancer, and one die from the disease.

While at Hollings, Biden learned about community-focused initiatives to combat health disparities in South Carolina, met with researchers helping to improve cancer care, spoke with cancer survivors, and toured the new Hollings mobile health unit, which will officially launch soon.

She was joined on the tour by MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS; Hollings Director Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D.; Marvella Ford, Ph.D., Hollings associate director for Population Science and Cancer Disparities; and National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless, M.D., among others.
Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Online support group for breast cancer patients, survivors
Providers and specialists at Hollings know there is much more to patient care than treating the cancer itself. They see the mental and emotional toll a cancer diagnosis can take, which is why Hollings is introducing a new online support group for breast cancer patients and survivors.

The online support group officially launched in September and will take place on the third Wednesday of every month. The virtual meetings provide a resource for patients at any stage of treatment to connect with others, no matter where they live.
Hollings Research Spotlight
Breast Cancer
Hollings is participating in a large National Cancer Institute-funded trial, aimed at improving breast cancer screenings and treatment options for women with, and without, health insurance.

The trial, called the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), will provide insights into which type of screening is best and how to improve future breast cancer patient care. Hollings is currently enrolling women ages 45 to 74 in TMIST. As part of the randomized study, women will receive a mammogram using conventional two-dimensional mammography or the newer tomosynthesis three-dimensional mammography.
Hollings researcher Haizhen (Jen) Wang, Ph.D., received a five-year NCI grant for her research, which focuses on uncovering the connection between cancer metabolism and cancer immunology.

Understanding cachexia
Hollings researchers Denis Guttridge, Ph.D., and Michael Ostrowski, Ph.D., will study the biology behind cachexia, a syndrome of cancer characterized by involuntary and excessive weight loss that affects approximately 50% of all cancer patients.

Hollings launches new mini-mobile HPV vaccination van
Hollings launched its mini-mobile HPV vaccination van in October at a drive-through health fair in Barnwell County. The van will travel to rural and medically underserved communities to deliver HPV vaccinations, as well as other routine vaccines people may have fallen behind on due to COVID-19. The van furthers Hollings' efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates across South Carolina.
LOWVELO just a week away, volunteers needed!
With over 775 people enrolled, LOWVELO has a record number of participants signed up for this year's event taking place Saturday, November 6.
The annual event raises money for lifesaving cancer research at Hollings, and there are multiple ways to participate. There are four cycling options, ranging from 10 to 100 miles, stationary cycling classes and even a virtual Home Team option.

It takes a village to put the event on, and we are looking for volunteers to help make it as special as possible for our riders! There are a wide array of volunteer options to choose from. We also need volunteer photographers. If you're interested in helping us photograph the big day, contact Dawn Brazell at brazell@musc.edu. If you'd like to volunteer as a health care professional at the start and finish lines, or as a medic in the mobile van along the route, contact Dr. Dustin LeBlanc at leblancd@musc.edu.
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