Stephenson Cancer Center gets grant to study why tumors come back

Published: Friday, November 9, 2018 By: Meg Wingerter Source: NewsOK

Stephenson Cancer Center has received more than $10 million to study why some cancers figure out a way to survive everything modern medicine can throw at them.

It's still not clear why some cancers come roaring back after what looked like successful treatment, while others never threaten the patient again. The goal of the grant is to take laboratory research into more aggressive cancers, and to figure out how to make better treatments.

“Unfortunately, about 35 percent of patients who get a diagnosis of cancer will ultimately die, and they die because their tumors develop resistance to the therapies,” said Dr. Robert Mannel, director of Stephenson Cancer Center.

The $10.7 million federal grant will fund four junior researchers, who will work under more-experienced mentors, for five years. It also will pay for new imaging and tissue-processing equipment. Ideally, the young researchers will get other grants over the next few years, so Stephenson can then transfer this funding to others whose projects are just getting started, Mannel said.

Read the full article in The Oklahoman.

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