GCF Newsletter : March-April 2018

Gastric Cancer Registry Seeks Increased Family Participation

If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with gastric cancer, you can help advance research through the Gastric Cancer Registry at Stanford University’s Genome Center.
“Enrollment in the Gastric Cancer Registry is a powerful and meaningful contribution to research. Participation supports studies to help improve prevention, early detection and treatment of gastric cancer,” says Hanlee Ji, MD, who directs the research group.
All gastric cancer patients are urged to enroll. The Registry also encourages the participation of family members who have a history of gastric cancer in a first or second degree relative. Family member enrollment involves an online questionnaire and donation of a small blood or saliva sample. Registry staff is available to answer your questions and assist you with the enrollment process.
You are eligible to participate in the Registry if you have one of the following:
  • you have been diagnosed with gastric cancer
  • you have a known germline mutation in your CDH1 gene
  • you have a family history of gastric cancer in a first or second degree relative
Visit  gastricregistry.stanford.edu or call (650) 497-3619 to enroll or request assistance.

The Gastric Cancer Registry was created by the Gastric Cancer Foundation through the generosity of Diane and Ron Weintraub, in memory of their beloved daughter, Beth Weintraub Schoenfeld.

Research Round-Up

A new study in Gut Journal looks at the association between proton pump inhibitors use and risk of gastric cancer patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. And, are you ready for some good news? Check out this optimistic video about gastric cancer advances on Oncology Live. Imugene also reports back on its latest clinical trial, with early but promising results of an immunotherapy treatment for gastric cancer.

Never a Better Time for Pancakes

With the horrible weather crisscrossing the country, it seems pancakes are in order and our GCF board member, Chef  Hans Rueffert,has a recipe for you. As always, Hans offers unique ways to combine proteins and enjoy a seasonal meal. Check out this pancake crepe recipe and many others here.
In this continuing nutrition video series, Hans shares his personal experiences and some of the tasty dishes that have helped him through his 10-plus years as a gastric cancer survivor and a “chef without a stomach.”

Research Scholar Award Named in Memory of Ben Feinstein

The Foundation’s Research Scholar Award for gastric cancer research – created in partnership with the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation – has been named to honor the memory of Ben Feinstein, son of Wayne and Leslee Feinstein. Ben was diagnosed with the disease at age 17 and died after a courageous two-year battle. As 2012-2017 Foundation Board Chairman, Wayne was instrumental in establishing the award to attract brilliant young researchers to concentrate their work on gastric cancer.
 
To date, two research scholars have been awarded grants of $90,000 per year for three years. This funding enabled the first scholar to earn a major congressional grant to continue his promising research. We’re proud to announce that our second scholar will be presenting results from his early investigations during Digestive Disease Week in Chicago this June. Find out more about our latest research here.

Make a Difference with Your Support

Gastric Cancer Foundation makes strategic investments in research to find a cure for gastric cancer, while we also work to raise public awareness and provide reliable information and hope to those who are currently facing the disease.
Please join us in this work by making a donation today to support this important work.
Your contribution can celebrate a special occasion, pay tribute to the memory of a loved one, or honor a personal hero who is courageously fighting gastric cancer.
Thank you for joining us in the search for a cure!
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