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10/27/17: Robin and Fisher Open Investigator Initiated Trial for Patients with Ovarian and Uterine Cancer

Dr. Tyler Robin, PGY-4, and his mentor, Dr. Christine Fisher, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, opened their phase I clinical trial utilizing stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for patients with limited locoregional recurrences of ovarian and uterine serous carcinoma. They received funding and support from the Cancer Center for this effort. They are collaborating with Dr. Bernard Jones in our Division of Medical Physics to learn more about the functional imaging correlates of SBRT, and with the Human Immune Monitoring Shared Resource (HIMSR) in the School of Medicine for analysis of novel biologic endpoints. Dr. Robin and Dr. Fisher are excited to be able to offer this clinical trial as a treatment option for our patients.

 


09/22/17: Residents Head to ASTRO to Present New Research​

Current residents, Dr. Tyler Robin, PGY-4, Dr. William Stokes, PGY-5, and Dr. Priscilla Stumpf, PGY-5, will be presenting new research at the 2017 ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Dr. Robin will be giving an ePoster presentation entitled “Fiducial Markers are Necessary for Accurate Delivery of Liver SBRT”. Dr. Stokes will also be giving an ePoster presentation on “Treatment-Related Mortality Among Early-Stage NSCLC Patients Undergoing Surgery versus SBRT”. Dr. Stumpf will be presenting a poster on “Patterns of Care in the US Regarding Utilization of Postoperative Radiation In Low Grade Gliomas”. Additionally, former resident, Dr. Arya Amini, now Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the City of Hope National Medical Center, was invited to give an oral presentation on work he completed during his residency on “Rising Rates of Upfront Surgery Followed By Radiation in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer”.

 

08/04/17: Jain Accepted to Prestigious Clinical Trials Course

Supriya-ResidencyPhoto.jpgDr. Supriya Jain, PGY-4, returns from the 2017 ASCO/AACR Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research in Vail, CO. She is working on the design and implementation of a clinical protocol under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Karyn Goodman, entitled “Phase I Study of Dual Immune Checkpoint Blockade (Anti-PD-L1 (Durvalumab) and Anti-CTLA4 (Tremelimumab)) Plus Yttrium-90 (Y-90) Radioembolization & Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) in Refractory Metastatic MSS (Microsatellite Stable) Colorectal Cancer with Liver Metastases”. She continued development of this exciting protocol at this year’s intensive workshop.

 

07/15/17: Robin Joins Chartrounds.com Global Health Team

In 2010, Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh from the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards, CO, founded Chartrounds.com, a web-based platform to connect community based radiation oncologists with disease-site experts for real time peer review and case discussion. Building on the success of Chartrounds.com in the US, Dr. Hardenbergh is now expanding the global reach of Chartrounds. Chartrouds.com will launch individual sites for different global regions, and Dr. Hardenbergh has recruited Dr. Tyler Robin, PGY-4, to lead the Chartrounds India initiative. Check out what’s new with Chartrounds India at ind.chartrounds.com.

 

05/02/17: Stokes Receives Travel Grant for ASTRO Advocacy Day

Dr. William Stokes, PGY, 4, attends ASTRO advocacy day with Dr. Brian Kavanagh, Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stokes’ received a travel grant for his trip to Capital Hill.

 

4/26/17: University of Colorado Radiation Oncology Residents Recognized by Gold Humanism Honor Society

Dr. Supriya Jain, PGY-3, and Dr. Tyler Robin, PGY-3, were inducted into the resident and fellows chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

 

04/20/17: Stokes Gives Oral Presentation at American Brachytherapy Society

​Dr. William Stokes, PGY-4, was selected to give an oral presentation at the 2017 American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting. The title of his talk is “Brachytherapy should not be Omitted from the Adjuvant Management of Uterine Carcinosarcoma”.


2/15/17 - Robin’s Research Cited in New York Times Article on Disparities
A recent publication authored by Dr. Tyler Robin, PGY-3, Department of Radiation Oncology, has received national attention. The article, “Disparities in standard of care treatment and associated survival decrement in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer”, was cited in a New York Times article addressing disparities in cervical cancer treatment. 
Senior author Dr. Christine Fisher commented, “Dr. Robin's study revealed a very important and concerning point. Fewer than half of patients with locally advanced cervix cancer receive appropriate standard therapy for their cancer, which should include both external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Patients were more likely to receive substandard therapy if they had lower incomes, only Medicaid insurance, or treatment outside of a comprehensive cancer center. We hope that by illuminating the problem we can educate patients and providers outside of major centers that referral to a comprehensive cancer center like ours is important if the appropriate expertise and technology for proper treatment is unavailable locally. Cervix cancer can be challenging to treat but is potentially curable, and it is important that the oncology community rallies to the support of the vulnerable populations of patients who need access to standard care.  Our ultimate hope is for elimination of cervical cancer through vaccination and screening, but, until then, access to best care is critically important for cervix cancer patients. 
Co-authors of the study included Dr. Arya Amini, PGY-5, Department of Radiation Oncology; Dr. Tracey Schefter, Department of Radiation Oncology; and Dr. Kian Behbahkt, Director of Gynecologic Oncology.

 
 
1/27/17 - Stokes selected for prestigious reviewer apprenticeship program​
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Dr. William Stokes​ has been selected into the Reviewer Apprenticeship Program of the journal Practical Radiation Oncology, one of the three official journals of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stokes was among the 6 residents chosen from among nearly 100 applicants from across the United States to participate in the inaugural year of the program. In his role in this initiative, Dr. Stokes will review at least six papers over the next twelve months and will receive individual mentorship and feedback from the journal editors.

 

 
 

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