MSUCOM well represented at Campus Cancer Champions event
Dr. Randy Hillard, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Margaret Aguwa, MSUCOM associate dean for community outreach and clinical research, were two of the speakers at the Sept. 27 “Campus Cancer Champions” event, held in the Conrad Hall Auditorium.
Sponsored by Michigan State University and the American Cancer Society, “Campus Cancer Champions” was intended to highlight cancer research that has taken place at the university and to talk about cancer in the 21st century. It was designed to bring together individuals on campus who are involved in cancer research or who have an interest in fighting cancer to begin a collective dialogue on possibilities for marshaling the university’s resources toward future initiatives.
“This event is about bringing everyone together,” Hillard said. “Between MSU and the ACS, cancer doesn’t have a chance.”
After a welcome from MSU President Lou Anna Simon, keynote speaker Otis Brawley, ACS chief medical and scientific officer, talked about the challenges of the inefficient American healthcare system and shared cancer mortality statistics for several major cancers. He also talked about current causes of cancer among various demographic groups and shed light on expected changes in the causes of cancer among Americans.
Other speakers included Dr. Harvey Bumpers, professor of surgery and breast cancer surgical oncology and Dr. Amy Hoffman, assistant professor of nursing.
Dr. Aguwa shared cancer survivorship data and talked about strategies for facing cancer. She encouraged advocacy among cancer patients and their family members for themselves, their loved ones and their communities.
Brawley, Bumpers, Hoffman, Aguwa and Hillard participated in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Carolyn Bruzdzinski, chief mission delivery officer for the California Division of the American Cancer Society.