ACS Grantee Talks Cancer Metastasis

ACS Grantee Talks Cancer Metastasis


I don’t know if I ever ever decided to make conscious decision of becoming a cancer researcher. I think I have an innate curiosity. I want to know why and how things happen. The other event in my life is that my mother actually died of cancer when I was in college. She was 45 and it was devastating, so I had a very first-hand experience on how devastating cancer can be for patients and families. What we’re trying to understand with the through the research that is funded by the ACS, is one of the most lethal aspects of cancer, which is cancer metastasis. Many people know metastasis is the cause of 90% of cancer-related deaths. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about why it happens and how it happens. I think the potential impact on patients is huge. As I said, what we’re trying is to know more about how metastasis happens and that could allow us to to know early on if a patient is at risk of developing metastasis. And, that can help a doctor tailor the treatment for that particular patient. And, the second aspect of it is that we can also try to identify new drugs, therapeutic agents to treat patients that are are in advanced stages of cancer.

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