Ruesch Center Summer of Support

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Join The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers in the Summer of Support!

COVID-19 may be throwing a wrench in your summer plans and certainly made for an interesting spring. Canceled events and virtual meetings are the norm, with many asking, "Will I ever be able to go out without a mask again?"

No cure; no timeline; reducing real face time with loved ones who may be ill, for risk of infection; and missing important events. The question is, was that last statement about COVID-19 or someone who has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer? The same can be said for both. The difference is that COVID-19 has the financial and scientific community's full weight behind it, and people are working tirelessly around the globe to find helpful medications and vaccines. 

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the most common and the most fatal of all cancers, yet they continue to be dramatically underfunded.

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. Gut bacteria are vital to our survival, but certain types of bacteria (likely linked to the Western diet) might also be associated with colorectal cancer in younger adults. By illuminating the link between gut bacteria and colorectal cancer, Dr. Weinberg hopes to gain more insight into the prevention or treatment of this disease. Dr. Weinberg is also working with Dr. Keith Unger, a Georgetown radiation oncology specialist, on the combination of proton therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery in the treatment of patients with rectal cancer.
  • Dr. Marcus Noel, M.D., who has a significant interest in novel drug development for patients with pancreatic cancer. Still relatively new to Georgetown, Marcus has two clinical trials in the pipeline, both studying the addition to chemotherapy of Eryaspase, an agent added to red blood cells that starves pancreatic tumors and stops them growing. One study will treat patients with pancreatic cancer in the front line with Eryaspase + FOLFIRINOX, and the other will add Eryaspase to later lines of chemotherapy for patients who have not responded to standard first-line therapy.
  • Dr. Ruth He, M.D., Ph.D., whose passion is the prevention and treatment of liver and bile-duct cancers. She is highly focused on the use of immunotherapy combinations to fight hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. She was a co-investigator in the IMbrave study that led to the approval of atezolizumab and bevacizumab in the front line against HCC.

Please help us keep the momentum going with a generous gift today to our Summer of Support Initiative!

This year more than 300,000 Americans will be diagnosed with GI cancer, and more than 50% will die within five years. The highest-incidence GI cancers include colorectal cancers, pancreatic cancers, liver and biliary cancers, gastric cancers, and esophageal cancers. The Ruesch Center is a global pioneer, unmatched by any other GI cancer program. Relentlessly fighting a smarter war against GI cancer by partnering with patients based on their unique needs, the Ruesch Center is carrying out cutting-edge, innovative research and providing the highest standard of care and individualized cures. We need your support to continue this life-saving work. Please help us keep the momentum going with a generous gift of any size today to our Summer of Support Initiative!


Please Contact: Kristi Augenblick Associate Director of Development | 202-687-2464

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