The James

Written January 21st, 2013 by Ken

The Other Team in Columbus

As much as we enjoy blogging and reading about sports, games and our favorite OSU teams, there is another team in Columbus playing a much more serious game; the game of life. Whenever one hears or sees anything about ‘OSU’, the initial reaction is probably about football and basketball. The other nationally ranked team at OSU is at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Specifically, those at the he Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Officially the OSUCCC-James, colloquially, it’s ‘The James’. Most of my articles generally have a back-story and this is no different. The Director of the OSUCCC, Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, hails from Buffalo, NY.

For most, if not all of you, cancer is all too personal due to family members and/or friends dealing with this disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, below.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death (2010)

  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

This is the first of a several part series covering ‘The James’. I had a few questions about The James and they were answered by Eileen Scahill, Media Relations Manager, Ohio State University Medical Center. Without further adieu, Part 1.

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