Timeline

UM Cancer Center 25th Anniversary Timeline
 
 

1986 to 1988

 
 
From Left: Marcy Waldinger, CC Administrator; Max Wicha, MD, Director; Alfred Chang, MD[+]
From Left: Marcy Waldinger, CC Administrator; Max Wicha, MD, Director; Alfred Chang, MD

1986

University of Michigan regents approve establishment of a cancer center with Max Wicha, M.D. as founding director

1988

The National Cancer Institute awards U-M a cancer center designation.

 

1991 to 1998

 
 

1991

U-M receives NCI's elite designation as a "comprehensive" cancer center

1993

Researchers publish initial findings describing radio-immunotherapy for patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma using a new drug that will come to be called Bexxar

1994

U-M holds its first Survivors Day celebration

1995

Ken Pienta, MD
Ken Pienta, MD

Team of U-M researchers, led by Ken Pienta, M.D. (pictured right) receive Prostate Cancer Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant

Cancer AnswerLine begins, providing personalized information about cancer to the community from registered oncology nurses

U-M is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of cancer care

1997

Nine-story building opens to house clinics and laboratories devoted to cancer and geriatrics care and research

Coach Carr

1998

U-M football coach Lloyd Carr initiates Women’s Football Academy, which originally raised money for the breast cancer program

 

2002 to 2006

 
 
Dr. Gregory Wolf, MD

2002

Team of U-M researchers, led by Gregory Wolf, M.D. receive Head and Neck Cancer SPORE grant

2003

U-M researchers publish first paper identifying cancer stem cells in breast cancer, the first example in a solid tumor. Researchers believe these cells are resistant to current chemotherapies and radiation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Bexxar as a new therapy to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

The Cancer Center's Center for Health Communications Research is designated a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research by the National Cancer Institute

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Karen Hammelef, RN

2005

U-M researchers identify a "gene fusion" that occurs in about half of prostate cancer. This becomes the building block for developing personalized, molecularly targeted prostate cancer treatments

2006

Cancer Center building becomes totally devoted to cancer

The Cancer Center begins offering infusion services at the U-M Canton Health Center, bringing cancer treatment into the community

The UM Canton Health Center
 

2007 to 2010

 
 
Diane Simeone, MD
Diane Simeone, MD, led the pancreatic stem cell team
Dia de la Familia Latina

2007

U-M researchers are first to identify stem cells in pancreatic cancer and head and neck cancer

U-M initiates Dia de la Familia Latina, an annual health fair aimed at Latina families.

2008

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Ravitz Center Phase I/Translational Research Center

Ravitz Center Phase I/Translational Research Center opens, providing a dedicated resource for evaluating novel cancer therapies

U-M named Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers as part of a national program by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

U-M initiates the Men's Fellowship Breakfasts, a series of morning events held several times a year to promote health and wellness information

U-M initiates annual Hats and High Tea for Breast Cancer Awareness

 

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East Ann Arbor breast cancer surgery

2009

Stand up to cancer

U-M researchers Max Wicha and Arul Chinnaiyan named to new Stand Up to Cancer breast cancer "dream team"

Breast cancer surgery moves to a new suite at the East Ann Arbor campus that locates pathologists on-site in the operating suite to assess tumors and lymph nodes immediately upon removal. This reduces the need for second surgeries.

 

2010

East Ann Arbor breast cancer surgery

Cancer Center administrative staff and researchers are among the first to move into space at the 174-acre North Campus Research Complex, which the University purchased from Pfizer Corp.

Team of U-M researchers receive Gastrointestinal SPORE grant

U-M offers series of Pap screenings in communities around the state

 

2011 to present

 
 

2011

Adult and pediatric bone marrow transplant and pediatric cancer care moves to new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Cancer Center creates the Patient and Family Advisory Board to act as an advisory resource committee to the administration, faculty and staff of the cancer program

2012

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Sunitha Nagrath, Ph.D., member of the Translational Oncology Program

U-M researcher Arul Chinnaiyan named co-principal investigator on $10 million prostate cancer "dream team" grant from Stand Up to Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Translational Oncology Program is created with the goal of harnessing the Cancer Center's expertise in basic science research to speed the translation into clinical trials and new treatment opportunities for cancer patients

 

 

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Reshma Jagsi, MD, a member of CanSORT

Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team receives $13.6 million award from the National Cancer Institute to examine how physicians and patients make treatment decisions

U-M implements Focus on Women, a series of seminars addressing various health and wellness issues for women across the lifespan

 

 

2013

U-M joins the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium, a collaboration of cancer programs at Big Ten universities, in an effort to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of those universities.