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David Kashatus, PhD, has given us important new insights into pancreatic cancer and how the aggressive cancer fuels its growth.
Pancreatic Cancer: Years of Work Pay Off
September 30, 2019

When our David Kashatus, PhD, was first interviewing here in 2012, he laid out an ambitious research project that would help us better understand pancreatic cancer. Seven years later, he has completed that work and given us important new insights into how the aggressive cancer fuels its growth.

Researchers Lelisa F. Gemta (left) and Timothy Bullock have determined why killer T cells can be so helpless against cancer. Their discovery could help doctors make the immune cells much more effective against cancer.
Making Immune Cells Better Cancer Killers
February 28, 2019

Our Timothy Bullock, PhD, and his team have discovered a defect in immune cells known as “killer T cells” that explains why they struggle to destroy cancer tumors. By fixing this defect, scientists could make the cells much better at killing cancer cells.

Is money compromising cancer care?
Is Money Compromising Cancer Care?
December 12, 2017

A troubling new study from our Timothy Showalter, MD, points out that providing brachytherapy for advanced cervical cancer actually costs hospital money. And that may explain the declining use of it at many facilities, even though it's the gold-standard treatment. “Studies have time and time again shown that brachytherapy is…