|Awarded On||February 18, 2015|
|Title||Noninvasive multiscale imaging for optical biopsy in epithelial cancers|
|Award Mechanism||Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Gracie Vargas|
|Cancer Sites||Head and Neck|
The goal of this project is development of a novel optical imaging approach for identifying early cancer and treatable precancers having a high chance for malignancy in the oral cavity and oropharynx. Oral and Oropharyngeal cancer (OSCC) is a significant global health problem accounting for approximately 400,000 reported new cases per year worldwide. Approximately half of patients diagnosed with OSCC will die within 5 years. There is a rise in OSCC due to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and it is afflicting a younger age group. Early detection and treatment are paramount to patient survival and quality of life. The current clinical approach of visual inspection with palpation and biopsy fail ...