An expert in tumor immunology, Hwu has translated multiple concepts from the laboratory to the clinic and helped to launch the field of gene modified T cells, publishing research on the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) directed against cancer.
The first experimental drug to be produced by MD Anderson’s drug discovery and development institute will kill cancer cells in a new way — by depriving them of the fuel necessary for growth and survival.
Based on a laparoscopic evaluation, two surgeons independently rank the distribution and spread of the disease to other organs. This score determines whether a patient has surgery first or chemo before surgery.
The funds will go toward studies in the areas of breast, skin, prostate, pancreas, colon and lung cancers in adults; leukemia and brain cancer in children; and for studies aimed at preventing colon cancer and lung cancer.