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Cancer Research at PCOM

Cancer Research at PCOM 
Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer is the manifestation of abnormalities within cells that result in uncontrolled proliferation and modifications of their environment that promote invasion and metastasis.

What is Cancer Research?

Cancer research is a multidisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the intricacies of cancer, including its causes, development, treatment and prevention. Researchers investigate genetic and environmental components that contribute to cancer cell commencement and progression. Advancements in cancer research have led to the discovery of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and other molecular alterations. The field also focuses on developing strategies for cancer prevention, early detection and personalized treatment through targeted therapies. Clinical trials play a crucial role in testing novel treatments. Collaborative efforts between researchers, healthcare professionals and patient advocates drive advancements in the field. Cancer research aims to improve outcomes, enhance the quality of life for cancer patients, and ultimately find a cure for this widespread disease.

Cancer Research at PCOM

PCOM researchers study various properties of tumor cells, including genetic predispositions and environmental factors and molecular pathways that regulate transformation and malignancy. Our work has led to the identification of molecules that may be specifically targeted for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

PCOM School of Pharmacy faculty member Eric Wang, PhD, received $10,000 from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to support his cancer research with multiple myeloma. It is estimated that 20 percent of human death related to blood and bone marrow cancers are consequences of multiple myeloma, a plasma cell cancer. The disease remains incurable due to drug resistance.

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Wang Awarded for Plasma Cell Cancer Research portrait

PCOM South Georgia biomedical sciences student Teighlor Livingston, MS, is investigating drug delivery for lung cancer patients through inhalation—targeting cancer sites directly and reducing negative side effects of the chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel.

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PCOM South Georgia Student Researches Tumor Cell Drugs portrait

Research at PCOM

PCOM aims to develop innovative approaches to promoting health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, education and community research projects.