Elizabeth Allen

First patient given novel brain tumor treatment

The idea: tiny radioactive fat particles, only 100 nanometers across, inserted by the thinnest of catheters directly into a tumor where they remain, radiating only a tiny distance, affecting only the tumor. The target: glioblastoma, the deadliest of brain tumors. On March 10, David Williams became the first human ever to have the new radiation […]

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Cancer-fighting boost

Researchers at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center were awarded more than $5 million in grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to help in projects ranging from examining the on/off switch of a cancer-fighting molecule to preventing liver cancer in a majority Hispanic South Texas population. “I’m not surprised, but I’m […]

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Seeds of hope

Like a seed that becomes a tree, pilot grants can help a scientist through the mundane but pricey steps needed to prove an idea has real potential—thus securing the bigger grants to finance the years of work it takes to create the next effective drug. When Roger and Dot Hemminghaus heard about the pilot research […]

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Wargovich

Spice for life

As cancer rates rise, researcher goes back to the basics of medicine A gathering place for traditional healers in the Republic of Guinea is in Kankan, one of that West African country’s largest cities—but making the 250-mile trip from the coast means 19 hours of bone-jarring travel over deeply rutted roads. Michael Wargovich, Ph.D., trekked […]

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Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D

Thousands of men could avoid cancer diagnosis

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has designated a Health Science Center researcher’s work as among the most significant practice-changing studies of 2013. The long-term follow-up to a groundbreaking finasteride study of 19,000 men, both of which were led by Cancer Therapy & Research Center Director Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., confirms that a drug […]

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Gregory Aune, M.D., Ph.D., is pictured with his wife, Christine Aune, M.D., and his children: 10-year-old twins Emma and Noah (seated) and 5-year-old twins Sophia and Elijah (standing).

Taking it to heart

Researcher felt cancer firsthand Even as a childhood cancer survivor – or rather, because he was a childhood cancer survivor – Dr. Greg Aune knew he wouldn’t be working in pediatric oncology. Nevertheless, that’s where he finds himself today, with a special focus on survivorship issues: specifically, the cardiac problems that can plague cancer survivors […]

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CTRC

From lab to clinic: Cancer survivors, patients benefit at CTRC

Gregory Aune, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric oncologist, is just one of many physician-scientists at the UT Health Science Center who, through cutting-edge research, is paving the way for new treatments for cancer patients and survivors. Just about a half mile from the university’s main campus is the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) where investigators, […]

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