Upstage Lung Cancer

Using performing arts to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research

Research We Fund

Upstage Lung Cancer is proud to have funded over $1 million in lung cancer research.

Rebecca Heist, MD

2011-2013: Targeted Therapies

This grant was funded in part by LUNGevity

Rebecca Heist, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Anthony Iafrate, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

William Pao, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

The treatment of lung cancer has been revolutionized by the discovery of specific targeted therapies. These successes have taught us that lung cancer is actually a multitude of different diseases, best defined by the specific tumor genetic changes. The project goal is to discover new targets that are critical for developing effective therapies to directly target those changes. Results of this two-year project show great promise in validating newly identified mutations for target.