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John Kirkwood M.D. Honored as Giant of Cancer Care

Skin of Steel is pleased to report that Dr. John Kirkwood (one of our partners in the Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium) has received a prestigious award honoring his clinical research in melanoma.

Business Wire

June 2, 2017


CRANBURY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OncLive® is proud to announce the inductees of the 2017 Giants of Cancer Care® recognition program. This year, 12 respected healthcare professionals who are advancing the field of oncology by their contributions in research and clinical practice. The winners were announced on June 1 during an exclusive celebration at the Chicago History Museum.

Michael J. Hennessy Jr., president of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., parent company of OncLive®, said, “Each Giants of Cancer Care® inductee continues to help propel the field of oncology forward through their commitment to innovative and groundbreaking contributions in cancer treatment and research. They provide hope to cancer patients and their families and are an inspiration to the future generations of researchers and practitioners who continue advancing toward a cure for these diseases.”

John M. Kirkwood, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania— Melanoma

    John M. Kirkwood, MD, is the Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology & Translational Science and director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    • Dr Kirkwood’s pioneering work with biological treatments for melanoma provided the first adjuvant therapy for treating patients with high-risk melanoma in 1996 and he has led immunotherapy development in cancer for the past 45 years, beginning decades before immunotherapy had reached the limelight it has achieved in melanoma and other solid tumors over the past 5 years.
    • He is leading several highly promising clinical trials with cancer vaccines that use biological response modifiers to spur the body’s immune system to recognize and destroy melanoma.
    • He is now pioneering new approaches to the assessment of combinations of recently approved new immunotherapies and molecular therapies that are anticipated to be the focus of the next decade of clinical translational research.
    • In Dr Kirkwood’s laboratory, metastatic and locoregional tumor tissues from patients participating in new combination therapies, neoadjuvant trials, and prevention interventions are examined with a focus on the alterations in immunomodulatory STAT signaling pathways and effector immune responses.
    • He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, the Society for Melanoma Research, the Clinical Immunology Society, and the Society of Natural Immunity.

Read About all of the 2017 Giants of Cancer Care Inductees Here.

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Chicago Tribune: Susan Steel Ishida, turned melanoma diagnosis into driving cause, dies at 57

By Elizabeth Owens-Schiele
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2016

Susan Steel Ishida, diagnosed 11 years ago with stage 3 melanoma, pushed for restrictions on the use of tanning beds by minors and started a patient advocacy foundation called Skin of Steel that was dedicated to research and awareness of the disease.

“She was a brilliant woman, very ferocious, really discerning and passionate about making a difference for not only herself but everyone else who was touched by this illness,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle, Steel’s physician.

Ishida, 57, died Jan. 13 of complications from acute leukemia in JourneyCare hospice in Glenview. She was a resident of Glenview.

Read Susan’s full obituary on the Chicago Tribune website.

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