Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2008, there were 215,000 new cases and more than 161,000 deaths from both small cell and non-small cell lung cancer. Over 75% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed in the late stages because there is not a practical way to screen for this disease.
Even though individuals with a history of smoking are at a higher risk, an increasing number of individuals who have never smoked are being diagnosed with lung cancer. In fact, 10% of all lung cancer cases appear in individuals with no history of smoking at all.
TGen's Lung Cancer Research Lab is comprised of a dedicated group of scientists who are working to improve lung cancer detection, develop new therapies, and enhance our understanding of tumor biology.
Dr. Glen J. Weiss, Director of Thoracic Oncology at TGen Clinical Research Services and an Associate Investigator in TGen's Lung Cancer Research Unit, is focused on the development of early-diagnostic strategies, preventing the spread of lung cancer and improving treatments for late-stage disease.
Dr. Nhan L. Tran, an Associate Investigator in TGen's Lung Cancer Research Unit, is focused on how adenocarcinoma of the lung (the most common type of cancer that appears in individuals who have never smoked) responds to chemotherapy. This research includes looking at tumor cell biology and gene expression.
TGen's investigators are working in collaboration with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Banner Health to achieve these research objectives.
TGen's Lung Cancer Research Unit is addressing the following research areas:
1. Predicting chemovulnerability of adenocarcinoma of the lung.
2. New, non-invasive markers of lung cancer metastasis.
3. Early diagnostic detection of lung cancer.
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