UA pediatric oncologists receive large grant - Tucson News Now

UA pediatric oncologists receive large grant

UA pediatric oncologists receive large grant. (Source: Tucson News Now) UA pediatric oncologists receive large grant. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two University of Arizona oncologists will advance their pediatric cancer research thanks to a new $400,000 grant.

Hyundai's "Hope on Wheels" charity presented the check to Dr. Emmanuel Katsanis and Dr. Yi Zeng at the Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Both pediatric oncologists are currently conducting their research at the UA Steele Children's Research Center.

"We only can beat cancer through research. If we do research, then we will be able to discover a mechanism how we're going to really knock down this disease," said Steele Children's Research Center Director Dr. Fayez Ghishan.

Bryce Taylor, 16, has been cured of a rare form of leukemia after a bone marrow transplant.

The Marana High School junior shared his story of his fight against the disease during Wednesday's ceremony.

"The chemotherapy treatments alone made me very sick and I don't know what the long-term effects would be on my body. All I know is I don't want anyone else to go through the same experience as I did," Taylor said.

Katsanis' research will look into post-bone marrow transplant drug treatments that aim to reduce relapses.

"We have a way that we have shown in mice so far with the drugs that we use after transplantation, we can reduce the relapse and the mice survived from their leukemia," Katsanis said.

Zeng's research will study new treatment strategies in suppressing complications that may arise following a bone marrow transplant.

"So our long term goal is to improve the outcome of pediatric patients requiring bone marrow transplants," Zeng said.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Steele Children's Research Center is Arizona's only academic pediatric research center designated by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Copyright 2015 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • HealthHealthMore>>

  • Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

    Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:01 PM EST2017-11-21 17:01:24 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 3:02 PM EST2017-11-23 20:02:57 GMT
    Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls.
    Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls.
  • VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

    VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:11 PM EST2017-11-21 21:11:31 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 3:02 PM EST2017-11-23 20:02:54 GMT

    A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet _ test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while...

    A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet _ test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

  • Acupuncture providing relief for PTSD

    Acupuncture providing relief for PTSD

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:36 AM EST2017-11-21 16:36:32 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-11-23 17:24:47 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Acupuncture is growing in popularity across the country, and now many who've been diagnosed with PTSD are getting needled for some relief.

    Acupuncture is growing in popularity across the country, and now many who've been diagnosed with PTSD are getting needled for some relief.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Video: Teacher appears to do drugs in classroom

    Video: Teacher appears to do drugs in classroom

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:19 AM EST2017-11-23 16:19:48 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:19 AM EST2017-11-23 16:19:48 GMT

    Samantha Cox, 24, who students say teaches English, is now being held on drug charges, including felony possession of a controlled substance.

    Samantha Cox, 24, who students say teaches English, is now being held on drug charges, including felony possession of a controlled substance.

  • 50 employees fired after refusing flu shot

    50 employees fired after refusing flu shot

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:14 AM EST2017-11-22 07:14:40 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:14 AM EST2017-11-22 07:14:40 GMT
    At least 50 enployees at a health company have lost their jobs after refusing to get flu shots. (Source: KBJR/CN)At least 50 enployees at a health company have lost their jobs after refusing to get flu shots. (Source: KBJR/CN)

    Since September, employees have been given three options:  Get the flu shot, get an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave Essentia. At least 50 people have lost their jobs thus far.

    Since September, employees have been given three options:  Get the flu shot, get an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave Essentia. At least 50 people have lost their jobs thus far.

  • FedEx worker killed at airport hub

    FedEx worker killed at airport hub

    Thursday, November 23 2017 6:29 PM EST2017-11-23 23:29:40 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    FedEx has confirmed that a worker was killed at the airport this morning.

    FedEx has confirmed that a worker was killed at the airport this morning.

Powered by Frankly