Cancer Care Partners to Host Clinical Program Titled “Colorectal Cancer: New Frontiers” by Alexander Stojadinovic MD, FACS

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On Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EST, Cancer Care Partners welcomes surgical oncologist, Col. Alexander Stojadinovic MD, FACS to the Michiana area for an exclusive program that will explore new frontiers in clinical decision support for colorectal cancer.

“The sophisticated integration of clinical and molecular data with the high end technical computing will advance our efforts to achieve personalized medical care for patients with colorectal cancer,” concludes Dr. Alexander Stojadinovic.

Cancer Care Partners welcomes surgical oncologist Col. Alexander Stojadinovic MD, FACS to the Michiana area on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 for an exclusive program which will explore new frontiers in clinical decision support for colorectal cancer. This is an invitation-only event for physicians and other clinical professionals and will be held at 7:00pm EST at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Granger, Ind. Space is limited so if you’d like more information on how to receive an invitation, please contact Kristi Mohamed at Cancer Care Partners.

Dr. Stojadinovic’s presentation entitled “Colorectal Cancer: New Frontiers,” will focus on three important points related to this topic:
1.    Evidence-based medicine is an imperfect science.
2.    Staging in colorectal cancer can be improved upon.
3.    There are ways to make sense of the many factors influencing prognosis and utilize these factors in a user-friendly way to support clinical decisions.
In order to assure progress in clinical research, Dr. Stojadinovic claims, “We must first address a topic of interest, a concept of importance and conduct research driven by hypotheses. The questions we must pursue are those of clinical relevance in the context of conceptually simple experimental design.”

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the US, with about 141,210 new cases and 49,380 deaths expected in 2011. “The sophisticated integration of clinical and molecular data with the high end technical computing will advance our efforts to achieve personalized medical care for patients with colorectal cancer,” concludes Dr. Stojadinovic.

About Alexander Stojadinovic MD, FACS

Col. Alexander Stojadinovic is a surgical oncologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He had been stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an attending surgeon since completing his Surgical Oncology fellowship in 2001 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Stojadinovic is a distinguished military graduate of the United States Military Academy, and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a graduate of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center General Surgery Residency and served as a general surgeon at DeWitt Army Community Hospital from 1997-1999. He deployed to Iraq as a Forward Surgeon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment FST from 2003-2004 and as Chief of Surgery, Task Force 28 and Operation Iraqi Freedom Theater Surgical Consultant from 2009-2010. Dr. Stojadinovic has served as Vice Chairman and Principal Investigator for the Department of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well as Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, United States Military Cancer Institute. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University and the recipient of the United States Army Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator for academic excellence, and the U.S. Army Medical Department Regiment's Order of Military Medical Merit. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, Air Assault Badge and Parachute Badge. Dr. Stojadinovic has received several awards for his commitment to excellence in cancer research. He has lead as principal or co-principal investigator on numerous protocols that span many areas of cancer research. He has also published hundreds of articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals as well as given presentations both nationally and internationally.

About Cancer Care Partners

Cancer Care Partners is a joint venture between IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care and The South Bend Clinic. It is the only cancer center in St. Joseph County to bring together an entire team of multidisciplinary cancer specialists who work collaboratively to develop the most effective treatment plan for each patient. Modeled after IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care’s integrated care plan, Cancer Care Partners includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists as well as naturopath physicians, oncology nurses and other support staff. Through this fully integrated care process, the entire team monitors every step of the patient’s progress throughout treatment, making necessary adjustments to maximize healing. It is this model of care, along with the breadth of multidisciplinary specialists in cancer care, that makes Cancer Care Partners unique to St. Joseph County. To learn more about Cancer Care Partners, call 877.421.7026 or visit http://www.cancercarepartners.com.

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