Eclipsing the Sun

Reducing Skin Cancer A chorus of “Whoas!” and “Wows!” filled the classroom, as a group of wide-eyed middle-schoolers peered at the eight once-colorless beads they had strung on a pipe cleaner not long before. After smearing sunscreen on four of the beads and running...

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When the Stars Align

"I I have had a good life," They’re the words of someone who believes they are nearing the end. This is exactly what Richard Berger, husband, father, grandfather and 27-year Marine Corps veteran, said to his family as they sat in a hospital room on the 11th floor of...

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In Breast Surgery, Sometimes Less is More

Last year when surgeon Gretchen Ahrendt, MD, was considering a move from the University of Pittsburgh to accept the position of Director of the Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center on the Anschutz Campus, she and her husband, Steven – also a surgical oncologist –...

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Q & A with Kian Behbakht

Twenty years ago, Kian Behbakht, MD started researching ovarian cancer at a time when there was not much hope for women diagnosed with the disease. Here he talks about how growing awareness for the condition has brought new resources that have helped drive the pace of...

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Serendipity in Science

HOW LUCK – AND THE COURAGE TO LOOK WHERE IT LEADS – DRIVES THE DIRECTION OF SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS AT CU AND BEYOND Say what you want about Dennis Rodman, but you can’t deny the dude knew how to grab a basketball. Like game six of the 1996 NBA finals against the...

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Lung cancer driver ALK-fusion found in melanoma

Study finds a genetic change called ALK-fusion in a patient sample of a melanoma subtype called mucosal melanoma. When researchers treated a tumor grown from this sample with the drugs crizotinib and ceritinib – both FDA approved to treat ALK-positive lung cancer – the tumor responded dramatically.

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Clinical Trials 101

If you have a complex condition, you might have heard the phrase “clinical trial” at some point in your medical journey – if not in a doctor’s office, then perhaps in a news segment or a commercial. Clinical trials are a major part of medical care, treatment, and...

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