Grant ID RP120258
Awarded On November 02, 2011
Title Towards Personalized Cancer Therapy: Stratification of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Based on p53 Mutational Status
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Jeffrey Myers
Cancer Sites Head and Neck
Contracted Amount $1,139,807
Lay Summary

Head and Neck Cancer is the 6th leading cause of cancer death worldwide, and the cure rate for this disease has not improved in the past 50 years. Treatments for this disease include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Decisions about how to treat each patient are made today based on the size of the tumor, where it is located, and how it looks under a microscope. We try to use the fewest types of treatment for each patient in order to cure the cancer while lessening treatment related side effects that can make it difficult to breathe, swallow, and/or speak. Unfortunately, the size, location, and microscopic appearance of a cancer do not always accurately tell us if it will be very aggr...

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