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2023 RECAP


The Skyline Soiree is hosted by the Detroit Associate Board of Ambassadors. The event began in 2014 and has raised over $700,000 for the American Cancer Society. With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by ensuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.

The American Cancer Society is working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. The 33% drop in cancer death rate between 1991 and 2022 translates to almost 3.5 million fewer cancer deaths during these years than what would have been expected if the death rate had not fallen. Now, that is a reason to celebrate, so please join us. We hope to see you there!


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Featured Speaker:
Diliara Bagautdinova, Ph.D.

Diliara Bagautdinova is an interpersonal health communication scientist and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM), and the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program (PSDR) at the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) in Detroit, Michigan. She has developed a research program largely focused on translational research that can be implemented into interventions and healthcare practice to improve interpersonal communication in clinical and family contexts to support disease coping, shared decision-making, and psychosocial oncology outcomes of individuals at different phases of the lifespan.

From the start of her doctoral training at the University of Florida, she’s been involved in both internally and federally funded, mixed-method studies conducted by multi-disciplinary research teams. As a part of her own research, she has established numerous community partnerships (e.g., the LLS, Stupid Cancer, UF Health AYA Cancer Program). In addition, her dissertation research was funded by several external and internal grants (e.g., Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 2 – a national program funded by the National Cancer Institute). Using a lifespan, developmental approach, her dissertation work sought to understand how parent and clinician communication can promote and inhibit adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients’ identity development after a cancer diagnosis.


In her current role as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Bagautdinova continues to pursue her overall research goal - to enhance AYA survivors’ psychosocial care through the development and testing of evidence-based interventions. She is currently working toward extending her research program to better understand psychosocial needs of groups of AYAs marginalized in AYA oncology care, survivors identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/aromantic/agender (LGBTQIA+) and ethnic and racial minority AYAs. These include a study aimed at exploring how AYA patient-provider communication can buffer identity distress and, in turn, promote healthy identity development of LGBTQIA+ AYAs, as well as leading a supplement to Lauren Hamel’s American Cancer Society-funded grant. It is aimed to test the effectiveness of a DISCO app, which stands for DIScussions of COst. Dr. Bagautdinova is leading an analysis of cancer treatment cost discussions among patient populations with an increased risk for financial toxicity – AYAs, including Black and White AYA patients with cancer.

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