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RadOnc Toolbox RFP and Updates | ROI 5K Registration (Summer 2019 Vol. 9 No. 2)

Registration for the 10th Annual ROI 5K is Open
Don’t miss this fun event at the ASTRO Annual Meeting! You can help make this year’s 5K the best yet by registering for the race and joining the competition to be the top fundraiser.
 
Join Us for a Financial Planning Seminar
Kick off your ASTRO Annual Meeting experience in Chicago with a breakfast session that will highlight strategies to maximize income and minimize taxes by planning for the future.
 
2019 ROI Publication Award Deadline Approaching
Time is running out to submit your nomination of an outstanding radiation oncology research manuscript focused on one or more of the ROI’s priority topic areas.
 
Enhanced Section of Website Features the Advantages of Gift Planning
Use this new interactive resource to learn about the variety of ways that you can leave a legacy to the field of radiation oncology by making a planned gift to the ROI.
 
Letter from the Board
Deborah A. Kuban, MD, FASTRO, and Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO, celebrate the ROI’s new personalized radiation therapy research awards, which are made possible by donors like you.
Constantine Mantz, MD
Constantine “Connie” Mantz, MD, joined the ROI Founders’ Circle to advance critical research that will grow the value of radiation oncology’s clinical services.
Improving the RadOnc Toolbox App Now and in the Future
The ROI recently released updates to the RadOnc Toolbox and is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual or team to help expand the app’s scientific content through a new RFP.
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Letter from the Board

We are so pleased to welcome four of radiation oncology’s best and brightest research teams to the inspiring group of investigators supported by the ROI. All of these new grants are focused on personalizing radiation therapy by tailoring care to each patient’s unique characteristics. The ROI selected these projects from many great proposals because of their potential to have a lasting impact on practice and improve care and outcomes for patients being treated with radiation therapy. The ROI Research Committee, led by Gita Suneja, MD, MS, and Robert C. Miller, MD, MBA, FASTRO, did a fantastic job developing the request for proposals that was relevant to the work of so many in the field and identifying the award winners through a rigorous peer-review process.

Each of the new research teams and their projects are featured on the ROI website and we invite you to learn more about all of them.

  • Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, and El-Sayed Ibrahim, PhD, and their team at the Medical College of Wisconsin are conducting a pilot study to determine whether advanced cardiac MRI can be used to detect early, non-symptomatic damage to the heart in lung cancer patients treated with radiation therapy.
  • David Byun, MD, in collaboration with Kevin Du, MD, and Gregory Dorsainville, MPS, at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, is exploring whether the application of virtual and augmented reality platforms during consultation visits could better increase patient knowledge about radiation therapy, reduce anxiety, and improve the quality of their overall treatment experience.
  • Daniel Golden, MD, MHPE, and Ritu Arya, MD, at the University of Chicago are focused on improving communication between patients with cancer and their physicians by developing personalized discussion guides that explain external beam radiotherapy in an easy-to-digest format.
  • Adam Wolfe, MD, PhD, and Terence Williams, MD, PhD, and their team at The Ohio State University are working to identify which pancreatic cancer patients could benefit the most from radiation therapy following surgery using a new molecular signature that they discovered and is made up of microRNAs found in blood and tumor tissue samples.

Outstanding research projects such as these are only possible with support from generous donors like you. We are grateful for your investment in research that will help to ensure that radiation oncology remains an integral part of cancer care and that all patients who could benefit from radiation therapy receive it. Every gift, whether it’s a registration for the 5K Run for the Future, an annual or monthly donation, or a Founders’ Circle pledge, helps the ROI to accomplish our mission to heighten the critical role of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer through research and education. You can make a difference for radiation oncology by making your gift today. Thank you for supporting research that will personalize radiation therapy!

Deborah A. Kuban, MD, FASTRO
President

Colleen A. F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO
Vice President