Upstage Lung Cancer Partners with LUNGevity Foundation

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LUNGevity Foundation is pleased to announce that Upstage Lung Cancer is collaborating with LUNGevity in support of an early detection translational lung cancer research project.  The grant was awarded to Northwestern University researchers Vadim Backman, PhD, and Ankit Bharat, MBBS. The goal of the research is to develop a new, noninvasive method for detecting lung cancer at its earliest and most treatable.

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The study will investigate the use of advanced technology, Partial Wave Spectroscopy, to determine how cells taken from the cheeks of Stage I lung cancer patients reflect early changes in respiratory tract cells that indicate the presence of lung cancer.

“From our first collaboration in 2011 on a project to identify tumor genomic changes in lung cancer to this year’s project, LUNGevity and Upstage Lung Cancer have worked together on projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for extending and improving the lives of those affected by lung cancer,” said Andrea Ferris, President and Chairman of LUNGevity. “Lung cancer poses such a complex challenge, and only by collaborating will we be able to achieve maximum impact.”