Eileen Glanton Loftus

Eileen Glanton Loftus is a senior writer and editor in the communications department of the AACR. Her editorial experience spans newspapers, magazines, websites, and book publishing. She has been a newsperson for The Associated Press, a reporter at Forbes, and a freelance writer for numerous publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer. Loftus lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Talking Tamales: A Culturally Tailored Health Education Strategy

The women bustle around a warm, colorful kitchen, making tamales for an upcoming family party. A woman in her 20s has received the distressing news that she has tested positive for the human papillomavirus (HPV). She’s upset and angry, but also resolved to do everything she can to prevent the virus from developing into cervical cancer.

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“It Doesn’t Have to be This Way”: Targeting Cancer Health Disparities

The 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved kicked off Friday evening in San Francisco with a passionate call to fight cancer disparities on every front, from socioeconomic to biological.

“Everyone in this room is united in our goal to eliminate cancer health disparities,” said conference cochair Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, manager of Special Populations and Native American Outreach at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. “Medical research powers our ability to treat our patients. Conferences such as this, where we unite as a community, fuel hope that we can improve the lives of our patients.”

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Let’s End HPV-related Cancers: A Congressional Briefing

Every two minutes, a woman somewhere in the world dies of cervical cancer.

That harrowing statistic, shared by Anna R. Giuliano, PhD, founding director of the Center for Immunization and Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, reflects a great frustration in public health. There is a vaccine that prevents infection with the virus that can cause cervical cancer and several other cancer types, yet worldwide, not enough people are taking advantage of it.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2019: Patients as Partners in the Research Process

In the past couple of decades, progress against cancer has created a new generation of survivors. Today, more than 16.9 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. While their experiences are incredibly diverse, many are living well. They work, they tend to their families, they travel … and many are inspired to play a role in the cancer research community.

The Presidential Select Symposium at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 addressed these crucial roles in a session titled “Engaging Cancer Patients as Partners in the Research Process.” The session was moderated by outgoing AACR President Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, Deputy Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2019: Plenary Examines Global Issues in Cancer

The AACR Annual Meeting 2019 features the theme “Integrative Cancer Science • Global Impact • Individualized Patient Care.” That theme provided the structure for Monday’s plenary session, when cancer researchers representing three continents, four cancer types, and diverse areas of interest took the stage.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2019: NCI Leaders Praise Progress and Collaboration

Two of the nation’s preeminent leaders in cancer research and policy took the stage Sunday morning at the Opening Ceremony of the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019.

Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, FAACR, and Douglas R. Lowy, MD, discussed recent progress against cancer from the vantage point of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Sharpless has served as director of the NCI since October 2017, and will soon leave the agency to become acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lowy will take over as NCI acting director, a position he held from 2015-2017.

Sharpless and Lowy discussed the rapid pace of progress in cancer care, drug development, clinical trials, and research funding over the past few years, and vowed to continue the momentum in their new roles in Washington, D.C.  

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Behind the Scenes at the Annual Meeting: Five Questions With the AACR’s Senior Director of Meetings

In just over a month, the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will host the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2019. This signature event showcases the latest and most promising developments in cancer research, drawing scientists, clinicians, advocates, and policymakers from around the world.

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Supporting the Vital Role of Women in Science

February 11 marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a United Nations initiative to encourage full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Women have been responsible for countless scientific breakthroughs, yet they are underrepresented in the highest ranks of the scientific community. In many countries, women and girls do not have adequate access to scientific education, making it difficult to even contemplate careers in science.

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