The National Cancer Institute has awarded the Lung Cancer Metabolism Working Group at Moffitt Cancer Center with a Research Program Project Grant (P01CA250984). The grant, which will provide more than $10.2 million over five years, will support team research across several Moffitt programs, including Cancer Biology and Evolution, Molecular Medicine, and Immuno-Oncology. All projects will focus on investigating lung cancer metabolism.
A Deadly Disease
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. There are two types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for roughly 80% to 85% of cases, and small cell lung cancer, which has been classified by the NCI as a recalcitrant tumor – a type of cancer with a five-year relative survival rate of less than 50%.
Standard of Care Needs to Evolve
Common therapy for both lung cancer types includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. These treatments can be debilitating for patients, and for those treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation, healthy surrounding tissue can be harmed. Although immunotherapy has improved lung cancer outcomes, it only works for a small subset of patients.
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