Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2015’

189 Patients and Counting

Currently, as of July 2015, there are just over 189 patients with banked samples in the UCSF Hepatobiliary Tissue Tumor Bank. The Foundation believes that the ongoing maintenance of such a bank, specifically for Hepatobiliary tumors, will significantly enhance the ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients with these deadly diseases.

The graph below summarizes the patient enrollment data for the Hepatobiliary Tissue Bank. The graph begins from the HBTB activation month and year (August 2012) and charts through June 2015. When the HBTB was activated it started out with 25 cases that were migrated from a pre-existing collection – a clinical trial that began years before the tissue bank opened. The UCSF Medical team definitely has made significant strides in obtaining samples to continue research efforts in finding early detection methods and treatments towards a cure for hepatobiliary cancers.

HBTB Cases 2012-2015

The collaboration map below shows the institutions across the nation who are working and collaborating together on several projects involving hepatobiliary cancers. The various projects include genome wide association studies and retrospective studies wherein UCSF accesses the repository of specimens and data in the bank. This sharing of data and specimens allows UCSF, a regional cancer center along with these highly respected cancer hospitals and institutions to work together to advance hepatobiliary cancer research.

collaboration map KK

One Step Closer – Showered with Love in Illinois

Early this year we told you about Lisa Simpson who lost her brother Nicky John to bile duct cancer 21 short days after diagnosis in April of 2014 and how she wanted to do something in his honor to raise awareness. Co-Founder Sue Acquisto of The Bili Project Foundation traveled to Illinois to meet Lisa, Ruth Kramp and their team of BILIever volunteers in person to thank them for the tremendous work they did in bringing awareness to Bile Duct Cancer. Sue received such a warm welcome upon arrival and was presented with a check in the amount of $15,375.59 which they raised from the two fundraisers organized earlier this year. Sue commented, “This group of volunteers who have had personal losses and challenges in their life are an inspiration, they worked together tirelessly with the support of their community businesses to raise this money in support of The Bili Project Foundation.” She expressed to this group of BILIevers, how grateful the foundation is and that every dollar they raised will go towards our continued efforts in raising awareness and finding a cure for this disease.

To see photos from the two fundraisers Lisa planned and organized click here.

Bili Check IMG 54Bili check with group IMG 61Cutting Bili Cake IMG 68group pic of participants