Drs. Scott Strome, Kevin Cullen and Mohan Suntha accept a check from Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation officials Judy Frankle, Jewel Martin, and Eileen Chiat at the 50th anniversary gala.
June 5, 2007: Three cancer specialists in the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center's (UMGCC's) Head and Neck Oncology Program were honored with the 2007 Humanitarian Award at the 50th anniversary Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation gala on June 2, 2007 at Martin's West.
Drs. Kevin Cullen, Scott Strome and Mohan Suntha were recognized for their work in providing innovative treatments for head and neck cancer patients. The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation presented the physicians with a donation check for $55,000 to support the cancer center's Head and Neck Cancer Program.
There are approximately 40,000 new cases of head and neck cancer diagnosed each year in the United States. Cancers of the head and neck -- including those of the throat, mouth, larynx, sinuses, salivary glands and skin -- are often difficult to treat and have a high risk of recurrence. UMGCC's Head and Neck Oncology Program is nationally recognized for its innovative approaches and advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancers of the head and neck.
"The clinical and research expertise of the Head and Neck cancer team of Drs. Cullen, Strome and Suntha combine to make UMGCC one of the strongest head and neck cancer programs in the country," said Judy Frankle, event co-chair. The team has begun testing new vaccines to treat head and neck cancer with the goal to stimulate the body's immune system to seek out and destroy tumor cells.
Accepting the gift on behalf of the cancer center, Dr. Mohan Suntha noted, "With your help, we will be able to resolve some critical issues and see dramatic outcomes for head and neck cancer patients. Philanthropy is essential to further expand this program and build on the strengths and successes to date. Our overall goal is to improve the survival rate and enhance the quality of life for our patients with head and neck cancers."
The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation has donated a total of over $800,000 to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center for direct patient aid, research, rehabilitation and education.
For more information on UMGCC's Head and Neck Oncology Program, please call 1-800-888-8823.