Generosity at Work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
We are grateful for the longstanding philanthropy from Bears Care as the generous support of the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Bears has played an important role in Northwestern Memorial’s Gynecology Program being recognized as a national leader in patient care and research. In July of 2009, our Gynecology Program ranked 18th in the nation and best among Illinois hospitals in U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2009 “Best Hospitals” edition, for the second year in a row. Our partnership with Bears Care has been instrumental in enabling the programs described below to achieve great recognition and success and to provide the very best care and treatment options for our patients.
Over the past nine years, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Bears Care have formed a strong and valued bond as partners in the battle against ovarian cancer. We are deeply grateful for the resources Bears Care has provided.
Northwestern Memorial Programs Funded and Supported by Bears Care
- Since 2001, Bears Care has generously contributed more than $1 million dollars in support of the Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program (NOCEDPP). This unique clinical and research program uses a multimodal approach to ovarian cancer detection. Retrospective and prospective data collection are combined with serum studies, symptom index and ultrasound exam findings to better define risk factors for ovarian cancer, to identify women at increased risk and to develop better detection methods. Bears Care’s continued and unwavering support of NOCEDPP has allowed us to create a multifaceted database combined with a specimen repository that is unmatched by any other medical center in the nation.
- Intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy has been linked to a significant increase in survival among patients with advanced ovarian cancer; however, this form of treatment can cause significant toxicity. Northwestern Memorial has developed a novel IP regimen that is associated with decreased toxicity when compared to traditional IP chemotherapy. Bears Care support has allowed us to implement this IP program for our Northwestern Memorial patients and to present our experience and findings at national and international meetings. Most recently, Julian C. Schink, MD presented our results at the 16th International Meeting of the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO) in Belgrade, Serbia, in October 2009. We will now develop a multi-institutional clinical trial in the Chicagoland area to test the effectiveness of the IP regimen with a larger cohort of patients.
- Bears Care has partnered with Northwestern Memorial and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation to host Ovarian Cancer Survivorship programs, which are both educational and supportive in nature. The largest event of its type conducted nationwide, the Ovarian Cancer Survivorship Program was attended by more than 300 ovarian cancer survivors, family members and friends at Prentice Women’s Hospital in September 2009. In addition to providing generous financial support for this program, Bears Care also inspired speakers to share their personal stories and Bears players to attend and brighten this unique, day-long event.
A Tribute to Nini Lyman
As an ovarian cancer patient, Nini spent eight years working towards improving ovarian cancer awareness. Read her story . . .