Support Lung Cancer Research
The Bucks County Chapter Board of Associates, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is pleased to announce that our special pledge is in support of lung cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
While substantial progress has been made in our ability to successfully treat some cancers, other cancers remain essentially untreatable. Lung cancer is one such disease. It is the most common cancer worldwide and is responsible for 1 of every 5 cancer deaths. More people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined because there are essentially no effective therapies.
However, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have made important discoveries that could be a game-changer. It is their efforts that are the focus of this year’s special pledge. They are working on two fronts. First, Dr. Clapper has determined that the unique hormonal environment in women’s lungs make them particularly vulnerable to the destructive effects of cigarette smoke, even mild exposure to second-handsmoke. By understanding the molecular processes by which female hormones and the carcinogens in cigarette smoke join forces to cause lung cancer, Dr. Clapper is devising strategies to uncouple their interaction and prevent disease.
Secondly, Drs. Boumber and Borgaei have identified a novel treatment strategy that is showing great promise in killing lung cancers removed from patients. Their strategy involves using a Trojan horse of sorts. They target a lethal compound to lung cancer cells by attaching it to a chemical that binds a critical component that is over-represented in lung cancer cells. The unsuspecting lung cancer cells engulf this chemical complex, presuming it to be harmless, but once inside, it delivers its deadly payload decimating the tumor. With your financial help this team could deliver a lethal one-two punch to lung cancer that finally turns the tide in this fight.
Please join us in supporting May in Maui to help provide the critical boost this cutting edge research requires.