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Published on January 30, 2014

Cancer Patients Supported with $81,500 Grant by Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Cancer patients served by MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland are being supported through an $81,500 grant given to the Medical Center by the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation.

A portion of this donation has been designated toward the Medical Center’s Tumor Registry. The Tumor Registry is responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting to the National Cancer Database and the State of Michigan Tumor Registry on all cancers diagnosed and treated at the Medical Center. This data contributes to treatment planning, staging and continuity of care for cancer patients.

Funding was also given to the annual Elsa U. Pardee Memorial Cancer Lecture. Held annually in the fall, members of the medical community, as well as the general public, are invited to attend this free program that discusses current information on this disease. Support from the Pardee Foundation has brought cancer experts from all over the United States to Midland over the years.

“We are grateful to the Pardee Foundation for continuing to support this lecture and their overall commitment to our cancer program,” said Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., director of Oncology Services. “Being able to bring world class speakers to Midland to present about the latest in cancer care and treatment keeps our community and medical staff informed about the advances that are occurring daily in the treatment of this disease. The Tumor Registry provides support for our collaborative multidisciplinary case conferences and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, which tracks progress in the area of cancer incidence and mortality,” Herbert added. 

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 to promote the control and cure of cancer. Nationally, the Foundation has supported basic and clinical research in cancer. Locally, annual funding has also been given to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Funds serving the counties of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland.

Those interested in learning more about MidMichigan’s cancer services may visit www.midmichigan.org/cancer or ways to support MidMichigan’s cancer program may contact the Fund Development Department at (989) 839-3342.