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MOBILE, Alabama (9/21/18) -- USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute was one of 450 sites around the country today to host a Biden Cancer Community Summit.
The event was streamed live on Facebook and brought together cancer survivors, policymakers, doctors and researchers to discuss ways to make progress against the disease.
"We have many colleagues all over the country who share our passion," said Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, a gynecologic oncologist who oversees about 50 clinical trials at MCI.
"This summit is a beautiful example of that. It's really the cancer providers, the people in cancer care, coming together for one single fight; that is to eliminate cancer."
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden invited communities to host the summits as part of a Moonshot initiative to "end cancer as we know it."
MCI cancer researcher Dr. Gary Piazza described three compounds developed by his lab team that could one day become drugs to fight colorectal, lung, pancreatic and other cancers. “Over the next three to five years, we’d like to get them into clinical trials,” Piazza said.
Breast cancer survivor Anntonette Thompson said a church friend recommended USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. "She said that they were very thorough," Thompson said. "That was important to me that I was going to be at a place that was going to pay attention to detail."
She underwent five months of chemotherapy. "The environment was peaceful," she said. "That means so much when you're going through cancer."
Today, she helps other who are undergoing cancer treatment. "Today, I'm healed. I'm a survivor. I'm an overcomer," Thompson said.
With about $3.3 million in annual cancer-related grant funding, MCI conducts cancer research and provides cancer care for communities across south Alabama.
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