Hollings Headlines // March 2021
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, spotlighting a cancer that is rising in prevalence among younger populations.

According to surgeon Thomas Curran, M.D., one in every three new rectal cancers is diagnosed in patients under 55, making it incredibly important that patients don't delay in getting their first screening at age 45.
Learn more about the various screening options that are available for colorectal cancer and what you need to know about their frequency and reliability.
Rectal cancer diagnosis offers physician new perspective on patient care
As a physician, Dr. Lara Lambert is used to walking patients through medical scares when they come into the emergency room. But her professional training and experience couldn't have prepared her for a diagnosis of rectal cancer.

I let my symptoms go on for so long because I thought rectal cancer was predominantly diagnosed in older men," said Lambert. "That’s why I’m an advocate, and that’s why I want to tell people to go get their colonoscopies, to know the signs and to get screened.”
COVID-19 vaccine update
As of March 8, all cancer patients in South Carolina who are currently undergoing treatment are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1b of the state's vaccine rollout plan. Hollings encourages all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to receive the vaccine as soon as it's available to them.
On March 4, Hollings gathered leading experts in cancer care, epidemiology and medical safety for a virtual panel discussion on the vaccine's safety and effectiveness in cancer patients. The presentation was watched live by more than 60 attendees, and the recording has since been viewed more than 400 times.

For more information on the vaccine as it relates to cancer, watch the recording below, or visit the Hollings website.
Upcoming events
LOWVELO Trainee Symposium
Join Hollings on April 2 for the first annual LOWVELO Trainee Symposium, a day dedicated to career development for trainees in all levels of the cancer research pipeline. The virtual event will feature presentations and Q&A sessions from senior scientists and students. Learn more.
PanCAN interest meeting
Hollings is partnering with the Talbot family, longtime supporters of Hollings' research efforts, to advocate for increased research funding for pancreatic cancer and to bring hope to patients and families. Learn how to get involved.
Hollings' annual community ride is returning to the streets of Charleston on Nov. 6. This year's ride includes four in-person cycling routes and a virtual LOWVELO Home Team option for those who prefer to participate on their own. Register for free through Sunday with code RIDE21!
Visit Hollings' event calendar to see more events, or fill out this form to submit your own.
New podcast: Are we winning the "war" on cancer?
Have you ever wondered whether we are turning the tide in the fight against cancer? Check out this new podcast with Hollings researcher Dr. Denis Guttridge, who discusses where we've been, where we are and what the future holds for cancer treatment and potential cures.

Reminder: Garden is closed
Several repair and renovation projects to Hollings continue to impact access to the center's Pearlstine Healing Garden. Please be aware that the garden and its adjacent building entrances are closed.
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