Posts made in March, 2011

Spotlight Series: 2011 Review of Chemotherapy Treatment in Bile Duct Cancer

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

As part of our ongoing educational series, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation invites you to join us for the upcoming web-based seminar featuring a review of chemotherapy treatment for bile duct cancer. Dr. Milind Javle from MD Anderson Cancer Center will lead us in this webinar. A question and answer session will follow Dr. Javle’s remarks.

Dr. Javle will focus this discussion on the currently available chemotherapy treatments, as well as highlight some emerging treatment options for bile duct cancer. We encourage participants to submit questions in advance to Sara Hinkley at

Please join us: 12 April 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Future webinars will spotlight additional bile duct cancer treatments, as well as highlight active clinical trials avialable to the bile duct cancer community. If you know of a clinical trial that you would like to see featured, please forward these requests to Sara Hinkley.
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Thank you for your efforts during February Awareness Month!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We would like to thank everyone for joining us in raising awareness for bile duct cancer during Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month in February. Thousands of motivated individuals around the world tweeted, baked cookies, socialized, held fundraisers, and contacted local government in an effort to raise awareness. Throughout the month, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation also hosted a series of webcasts, including spotlights on the Young Investigator Award, emotional health, and how to organize a local support group.

The fundraising campaign to support the Young Investigator Award raised over $38,000, and we continue to receive donations. Notably, Connie Croce, Valerie Shivers, and Mark Shivers created The Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for cholangiocarcinoma. This fundraiser was a local event off the coast of New York, where participants braved freezing cold temperatures to jump into the icy Atlantic Ocean. The event has been a huge success, bringing in over $23,000 in January and February. More details about this local fundraiser can be found at The Polar Bear Plunge First Giving site here. Many thanks to everyone that organized and participated in The Polar Bear Plunge! If you would like to organize a local fundraiser in your community, we have resources that will assist you with this endeavor! Please fill out our fundraising form, and once you have submitted the form, you will be able to access a document that provides guidance for leading a local fundraiser.

Our efforts at creating a video highlighting Cholangiocarcinoma are underway, but we still need your help. If you have not already done so, please consider recording a friend or colleague attempting to say “Cholangiocarcinoma” and email the digital video to Rick Pollock at

While the achievements in February have been well received, we know we can still do more. Please take some time to think of other awareness ideas that we can incorporate for the awareness month in 2012. All ideas can be submitted to

Again, thank you all for your continued support, and for participating in raising money and awareness last month. We ask that you please continue these efforts throughout the year, as we have much more work to do before Cholangiocarcinoma is recognized in the general population. Also, please continue checking our calendar for upcoming events!

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The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Sponsors Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Contact: Sara Hinkley (801) 999-0455

Salt Lake City, UT – The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation has announced it is supporting the 2011 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award in Cholangiocarcinoma Research. The one-year, $50,000 grant will be given to a promising investigator conducting research in cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Awarded by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (formerly known as The ASCO Cancer Foundation), the grant is intended to raise awareness and trigger progress against this rare disease, while providing critical funding for physician-scientists at the beginning of their careers.

“The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation analyzed the successes of other organizations in funding research, and found that many successful programs funded researchers early in their investigative careers,” says President Sara Hinkley. She added, “Providing early-career grants helps encourage investigators to focus their careers on cholangiocarcinoma. While the Foundation has strong relationships with leading hepatobiliary cancer researchers, building a quality grant-review program is challenging and requires dedicated resources currently not available within our organization.”

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants Selection Committee will determine the recipient by evaluating the scientific merit and potential career-development impact of the Young Investigator Award applications using a two-part peer-review process. Grant recipients will be announced in April 2011.

For more information or to donate in support of the Young Investigator Award in Cholangiocarcinoma Research, please contact the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at (801) 999-0455 or visit us on the web at To learn more about the Conquer Cancer Foundation, visit

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its vision
is to bring about a CURE for cholangiocarcinoma through increasing the Collaboration, Understanding, Research and Education of the disease.

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