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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:47 pm | Updated: 4:41 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

Doctors and staff from Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Campus are going to Hollywood this weekend for a cause: to battle cancer with the stars.

Members of the hospital’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare will mingle with Hollywood motion picture “A-Listers” during the live, primetime television broadcast of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) fundraising telethon at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 7.

The fundraising event will air simultaneously at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and cable channels, and comes during a time when Scottsdale Healthcare is conducting studies in areas of cancer research, according to information from Scottsdale Healthcare.

Some of the entertainers scheduled to attend the event: Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys and Jillian Michaels.

Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, chief scientific officer at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and physician-in-chief at TGen, is co-leader of the SU2C pancreatic cancer Dream Team. Dr. Ramesh Ramanathan, medical director at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, is a principal investigator on SU2C pancreatic cancer clinical trials at Scottsdale Healthcare.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), is the only cancer center in the southwest collaborating in SU2C’s Dream Team of researchers working to improve pancreatic cancer treatment.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. with nearly 44,000 new cases anticipated in 2012, and more than 37,000 deaths this year. It is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose and effectively treat.

The SU2C telethon raises funds for cancer research and recognizes the work of its Dream Teams. Stars from movies, TV, the music industry and professional sports will appear at the telethon where more than $180 million has been pledged to SU2C since 2008.

Individuals seeking information about eligibility to participate in clinical trials at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare can talk to their oncologist or contact the cancer care coordinator at (480) 323-1339; toll free at 1-877-273-3713 or via email at clinicaltrials@shc.org.

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