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June 28, 2019

Stephenson Cancer Center announces new cancer treatment option

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Researchers at the TSET-funded Stephenson Cancer Center announced a new cancer treatment, CAR-T therapy, is now available. CAR-T therapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer and is an important advancement in cancer treatment options. As a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center, Stephenson Cancer Center is a leader in improving cancer treatment and care in Oklahoma.

“CAR-T therapy is a major breakthrough for patients who have not improved with standard treatments,” said George Selby, M.D., director of the Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at the Stephenson Cancer Center. “It is an immune therapy in which we’re harnessing our own cells to recognize cancer cells. That’s what a normal immune system does – it acts in a surveillance capacity so that when a malignant cell arises, it is killed by our immune system. CAR-T therapy is a way of ‘rebooting’ the immune system when it has failed.”

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TSET Founding Board Chair retires from Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center

Congratulations to Dr. Robert McCaffree on his retirement from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) at the Stephenson Cancer Center. McCaffree was the founding Board Chair of the TSET Board of Directors, appointed by then-Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Most recently, McCaffree served as the Director of State & Local Policy as well as a Professor of Medicine at the OU College of Medicine. He has also served as President of the Oklahoma County Medical Society and the Oklahoma State Medical Association. 

We wish to thank him for all of the important work he has done to improve health in Oklahoma and wish him well in his retirement.

McCaffree Retirement

Pictured above: Dr. Robert McCaffree and TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee

Summer Adventures from Shape Your Future help keep kids active this summer

Summer Adventures


Are you excited for a summer adventure? Shape Your Future’s Summer Adventure Series helps kids eat healthy, stay active and enjoy it! Summer Adventure features weekly themes that include a download with a delicious recipe and physical activity idea.

For more fun and healthy resources visit ShapeYourFutureOK.com

TSET offices move to the Department of Agriculture

We are excited to continue serving Oklahoma from our new location at the Department of Agriculture building, 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd., Ste 202, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105.

TSET has moved!

In Case You Missed It:

The Oklahoman: Former journalist leads TSET in reducing tobacco use, obesity

Julie Bisbee - The Oklahoman

TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee was recently featured in The Oklahoman where she discussed her passion for TSET’s mission as well as her life and career.

You can continue reading Julie’s Executive Q&A here.

Pictured above: Julie Bisbee, TSET Executive Director. Photo courtesy of Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman