Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers

This campaign ended on October 14, 2018, but you can still make a gift to Georgetown University by clicking here!

The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers has received a generous matching gift from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance!

Your donation today will be matched dollar for dollar — up to $100,000 — to support cutting-edge GI cancer research!

At The Ruesch Center, our researchers are performing ground-breaking studies that could lead to the next generation of life-saving cancer treatments, such as:

• Dr. Benjamin Weinberg, M.D., who is examining whether there is a link between the spike in colorectal cancer in young patients and bacteria living in the gut. Though gut bacteria is vital to our survival, many clinical researchers believe that bacteria in the colon might be linked to colorectal cancer in younger patients. By illuminating the link between gut bacteria and colorectal cancer, Dr. Weinberg hopes to gain more insight into prevention or treatment for colorectal cancers.
• Dr. Michael Pishvaian, M.D., Ph.D., who is leading a clinical trial to determine whether an immunotherapy drug improves survival in pancreatic and colorectal cancer patients compared with the current standard of care.
• Dr. Jill P. Smith, M.D., who is co-leading a study that examines the possibility of using a nanoparticle to inject genetic material into cancer cells to stop the spread of pancreatic cancer. In a recent early study, the genetic material inactivated a hormone called gastrin, which promotes the growth of pancreatic cance

Please help us keep the momentum going with a generous gift today to our matching gift campaign!

At The Ruesch Center at Georgetown Lombardi, nearly half of the 1,000 gastrointestinal cancer patients seen last year were under age 50. Although scientists do not yet know why more young people are getting cancer, John L. Marshall, M.D., director of The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, and other researchers at Georgetown Lombardi are working hard on better treatments and potential cures.

Community support has a dramatic impact on the lives of people like Agnese and her family, helping us make discoveries through lifesaving research and provide the most effective treatments for patients’ disease.

Contact Alex Tauscher
Associate Director of Development
202-687-1436 |

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Donna H Parry
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John Bleiweis
Kathryn Lindquist
Susan Bossow
Rodger Hicks
Joe Strnad
Jeffrey Schwartz
Michael Hastings
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William Panagis
Susan B. Lustig
Liam P. Ebrill
Saul A. Scherl
Anton Wellstein
Margaret Carvin
Judy Jancarik
Michael Pishvaian
John D Yamnicky
Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Colorectal Cancer Alliance matched $84,275
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