|Awarded On||November 02, 2011|
|Title||Towards Personalized Cancer Therapy: Stratification of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Based on p53 Mutational Status|
|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|
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...