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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation Issues Esophageal Cancer Research Funding For the Second Time

December 14, 2018

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has issued funding for esophageal cancer research in November, 2018; the second time in just seven years since the charity was founded.

The Foundation awarded principal investigator, Dr. Donald Low and Virginia Mason Medical Center, grant funding.  Dr. George Hanna of St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College London) is co-investigator.

In 2011, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was established to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer.  Since 2011, the foundation has both raised awareness and encouraged the importance of earliest possible detection throughout New England, across the United States and internationally.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation first funded esophageal cancer research in July, 2015.

“The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is excited to be a part of Dr. Low’s, Professor Hanna’s and Virginia Mason’s research efforts in honor of all the brave men and women who have been affected by esophageal cancer and to hopefully reduce incidence and improve outcomes for individuals in the future,” President of the foundation, stated.

The research intends to establish a non-invasive test for the detection of esophageal cancer that is based upon the unique signature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within exhaled breath and to analyze exhaled VOCs in response to therapeutic intervention in patients.

Learn the Facts About Esophageal Cancer

One of the primary risk factors associated with esophageal cancer is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, of which the most common symptom is chronic heartburn.  Other risk factors include obesity, heavy drinking, poor nutrition and smoking and/or use of tobacco products.

With over a 733% increase in the past four decades, esophageal cancer is among the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States and the western world.1

There are no current standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages. Current guidelines recommend referral for endoscopy “only in the setting of ‘red flag’ symptoms that are frequently associated with inoperable disease,” Dr. Low stated.

These ‘red flag’ symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, typically appear once the cancer has become advanced.  This, in addition with other factors mentioned, leads to the current overall five-year survival rate of only 19.2%.2  Despite its rapid increase and poor prognosis, esophageal cancer receives very little awareness and research funding.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

The Salgi Foundation: Past Esophageal Cancer Research Funding

In July, 2015, the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation issued esophageal cancer research funding to Program Director Dr. Carlos Minacapelli and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnston Medical School.  That research was presented as a poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week in May, 2017.

Thank you!

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation would like to thank all our supporters and donors who believe in this mission and who make these accomplishments possible.  However, this is just the beginning.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation continuously receives many requests for esophageal cancer research.  We need to continue our efforts to fundraise so that we may continue to fulfill this mission to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research.

To make a tax-deductible donation to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, please visit: SALGI.org/donate.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

1 “Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike.” Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News. 18 October 2018. https://www.gastroendonews.com/In-the-News/Article/10-18/Esophageal-Cancer-Sees-Dramatic-Spike-/53083

2 “Cancer Stat Facts: Esophageal Cancer.” National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.  11 December 2018. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/esoph.html

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Support Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Research This #GivingTuesday!

November 26, 2018

Giving Tuesday The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Make a charitable gift to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to support esophageal cancer awareness, early detection and research.  Donate Now!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

PLUS! 

On November, 27th, 2018, Facebook will match a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits like The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation!

Donate here!

Giving Tuesday opens the giving season and with your help, we will raise funds to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

Giving Tuesday helps to unite us in the spirit of giving and to bring a spotlight to esophageal cancer, a cause that needs desperate attention.  Let’s make this Giving Tuesday a great success!  Please donate today Thank you in advance for helping to make a difference today and every day.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation @SalgiFoundation

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a registered nonprofit as recognized by the IRS. EIN: 453633809

DONATE TODAY! The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Thank you!


Fundraising Spotlight: 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament

October 22, 2018
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Brian Blood The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation The 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 24th at Butter Brook Golf Club in Westford, MA.  The annual event is in honor of Brian Blood, who passed away after a short but courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Prior to his passing, his family promised him they would hold an annual golf tournament in his honor, with the goal of raising money for esophageal cancer awareness and research.  This year, the tournament raised $12,500!  We are pleased to share that in three years, they have raised a total of $37,500 for esophageal research!
A special thank you to Gold Sponsors: Neuro Corporation, Devereaux LLC and Hillside Constructions and Silver Sponsors: University Orthopedics and Feeney Brother, Inc.
Thank you to the many other families and organizations who donated to the event and helped to make the day a success.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to fulfill this mission in honor of Mr. Brian Blood and we are so thankful to his family and friends for their hard work, dedication, generosity and support!
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Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike- Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

This article was posted on gastroendonews.com to view the original article, please click here.

“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has spiked more than sevenfold over the past four decades, far outpacing other tumor types. But the disease is detected early enough to be resected in at least 20% of patients with minimally invasive procedures.

Those findings come from a new epidemiological study of esophageal cancer in the United States. Researchers found that the incidence of EAC rose 733% between 1973 and 2014, according to government data, climbing an average of 5.4% per year during the 41-year period (Figure). The next-fastest form of cancer—breast cancer—rose by 0.9% per year, on average, during that time.”

To read the full article, please visit: gastroendonews.com

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States.  There are no routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages and symptoms (such as difficulty swallowing, choking sensation, etc…) often occur once the cancer spreads and becomes more difficult (if not impossible) to treat.

Learn the facts about esophageal cancer

-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.

-Risk factors include:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
  • obesity,
  • poor nutrition,
  • tobacco use,
  • excessive alcohol use,
  • Barrett’s esophagus.

-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.

-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.

-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)

-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.6%.

-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.

To make a tax-deductible donation to our charity, please visit: salgi.org/donate


Download Our Free Ebook: Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories

July 27, 2018

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories By The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundaion

We created an ebook titled: “Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories.”

These stories from esophageal cancer survivors have brought us so much inspiration and we are honored to share them with you and with as many people as possible.

While esophageal cancer does have lower survival rates compared to other cancers, it is our hope that those facing a diagnosis and their families also have access to testimony that esophageal cancer can be beat.

Many of those who have shared their story did not “fit the mold” when they were diagnosed.  There is a misconception that esophageal cancer “only” affects older, overweight, Caucasian males.  However, esophageal cancer is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers.  Due to this fact, it is also rapidly affecting both men and women of all ages.

These stories highlight the importance of early detection, routine screening, quality treatment and the significance of staying positive and having hope when you feel hopeless.

Thank you to all of the survivors and/or their family member(s) who have shared their story! To those who are facing a diagnosis or currently battling esophageal cancer, we send you our very best well wishes for health, healing, strength and hope and to all who have passed away, we will forever hold you close in our hearts.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories ebook is available in the following formats: epub, mobi (Kindle) pdf, online reader, pdb, txt.

To download a FREE copy of the ebook, please visit: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/881856

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Make a Difference!

Support The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research by making a one-time or recurring donation.   Visit: SALGI.org/donate

 

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Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

June 26, 2018

Join us for a fundraising event on Saturday, July 14th from 1-4 PM at Kendra Scott Soutport in Chicago to raise money for esophageal cancer awareness and research efforts! 20% of all proceeds will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels!

 

Kendra Scott Southport

3426 N Southport Avenue

Chicago, Illinois

 

Not going to be in Chicago that day, but want to participate? Not a problem! You can place a phone order! 708-669-0230.

Together we can raise awareness, and get one step closer to ending esophageal cancer once and for all!

Please help us make this a great success by sharing this event on Facebook, click here, and share the image below on Instagram! Tag us in your posts @SalgiFoundation.  Thank you!

 

Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation


Stories with a Purpose Podcast: Colleen, Esophageal Cancer Survivor

May 18, 2018

In 2016, Colleen C was diagnosed with Stage II esophageal cancer at age of 29 and shared her experiences on the podcast: Stories with a Purpose.

“Colleen tells her story about overcoming esophageal cancer by relying on family, great medical care, and extraordinary patient navigator. Listen to how this experience has re-energized her focus on care-giving and help for special needs kids.”

To listen to the podcast interview, please click here.

 

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation- Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Early Detection, Research, Faith, Hope, Love, Cure, Advocacy

Colleen was diagnosed with Stage II esophageal cancer at age of 29.

Read Colleen’s story below:

“My name is Colleen and I am currently 31 years old.  In March of 2016 at the ripe age of 29, I went to see a GI doctor for chronic heartburn but now I was experiencing intense stomach aches. My doctor essentially thought it was ulcers and wanted me to have an endoscopy done. Low and behold my doctor found a tumor where my stomach and esophagus intersect. The next day I was diagnosed with stage 2 esophageal cancer and my honeymoon was abruptly put on hold. I was a newlywed and scared out of my mind to be diagnosed with a “rare” cancer.

I was also the youngest patient my hospital had ever seen with this type of cancer. Because they had the tumor “exactly where they wanted it” without spreading the completed esophagectomy surgery 2 weeks later. It was then followed by fertility treatments, chemotherapy, and radiation.

I spent my 30th birthday recovering in the CVTU learning how to regain my new “normal” life. Learning how to re-eat was absolutely quite the struggle; in fact i’m still learning my limits. I work out more, watch what I eat, and try to not let anything get in the way of my sense of humor.

If I didn’t make fun of myself and what I was going through I would have never made it out of this horror story. Just because I’m now in remission doesn’t mean I don’t live with the fear everyday that cancer can return. I try to keep my mind busy and my anxiety at bay. I’m loving life and doing my best to advocate early detection for symptoms such as acid reflux and heartburn.”

 

Esophageal Cancer Fast Facts:

Esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past three decades and is currently considered the fastest growing cancer in the United States and western world.  Due to it’s rapid increase, esophageal cancer is affecting more and more people: both men and women of all ages and every ethnicity.   There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer and symptoms often do not occur until the cancer has spread.

Thank you Colleen for sharing your experiences on the podcast and with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.  As Colleen stated, if there is something off or amiss with your health, please speak to your doctor immediately and remember that you are your own best advocate when it comes to your personal health.

Take Colleen’s advise: “If it doesn’t feel right, get it checked.”

Please join us in raising awareness of esophageal cancer and Colleen’s story by sharing this post!

 

 

 

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