"When I was young I never dreamed of being a scientist until my father died of liver cancer when I was twelve years old. After his death, I chose to become a pharmacist to develop new, effective drugs to fight cancer and I initially pursued a bachelor’s degree in the field of biopharmaceutics at the Chinese Pharmacology University. During my last semester, however, my focus changed following an experience in Dr. Luo Lu’s lab at Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences."
November was National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Fox Chase Cancer Center started off the month with Together Facing Lung Cancer, an event that united lung cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals for an evening of education, discussion, and hope.
A research team led by Alexei Tulin, PhD, associate professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has identified a new group of chemicals that are effective at eliminating cancer in living tissue. Effective in a laboratory setting against drug-resistant PARP-1 tumors, these treatments had minimal toxicity and fewer side effects than conventional treatments for breast, kidney, and prostate cancer.
Fox Chase Cancer Center celebrated the investiture of Wafik S. El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP, deputy cancer center director and head of translational research, as the William Wikoff Smith Chair in Cancer Research on November 15, 2016. This particular chair has a history of impact from the work of Kenneth Zaret and Ann Skalka.
Lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and is far and away the most lethal form of cancer. It is also the most preventable cancer. As with many other forms of cancer, prevention and early detection are key to reducing your risk.
TAK-228 is an mTOR inhibitor that prevents growth of cancer cells and has been shown to prevent tumor growth in animals. Therefore, the doctors now want to test if this drug can prevent tumor growth in patients with soft tissue sarcomas.
Nurses from Fox Chase Cancer Center teamed up with the nearby AstraZeneca Hope Lodge to provide lodge guests with a home-cooked meal. Led by Colleen Sherman, RN, chair of the nursing professional development council, a group of nearly 20 nurses helped prepare food for 35 guests.