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Toward a cancer-free world

September 29, 2012

Ohio State's work toward a cancer-free world is the focus of a new game-day TV spot.

Anyone can dream about a world without cancer. At Ohio State, doctors and researchers are taking concrete steps toward that goal.

These innovators are discovering better ways to treat cancer and alleviate patients' suffering--and, best of all, finding out how to prevent the disease in the first place.

It's possible because Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is focused on teamwork: researchers from eleven of the university's fourteen colleges collaborate with more than 120 cancer physicians, each specializing in just one type of cancer.

That's why the National Cancer Institute calls Ohio State "exceptional"--the highest rating among cancer centers--and U.S. News & World Report ranks the university's cancer program as one of "America's Best."

Take a look at some of the groundbreaking research happening across the university:

  • Better treatments, made easier for patients: A battery-powered electric helmet that shrinks brain tumors, with fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. A less invasive surgery to remove head tumors through the mouth or nose, meaning patients recover faster, without facial scars. Ohio State cancer experts are on the forefront of innovative cancer therapies that give patients not only a better chance at survival, but also a better quality of life during and after treatment.
  • From crops to clinic: How do an oncologist and a food scientist work together? At Ohio State, Dr. Steven Clinton and Prof. Yael Vodovotz have teamed up to learn more about how diet, foods, and nutrition can help prevent cancer. Clinton and Vodovotz work together through the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship, which brings together faculty from throughout the university. Among Clinton and Vodovotz's projects: a secret recipe for soy bread designed to prevent and treat prostate cancer.
  • A community of cancer-fighters: Finding the best treatments, testing them, and making them available to patients take a big team. The Office of Technology Commercialization helps cancer researchers get their discoveries to market quicker, so cancer patients benefit from the best, most up-to-date treatments faster. And each year, thousands of bicyclists ride in Pelotonia, raising millions of dollars that go directly to cutting-edge cancer research at Ohio State.