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May 14th, 2010

K-State's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research continues to grow

Abstract:
Denell said he believes the next 30 years will show incredible gains in the fight against cancer, especially with the use of genetic research and nanotechnology.

"Cancer is usually a genetic change which takes place in our bodies," he said. "All of the things that you hear about that cause cancer do that by making gene changes that lead to cancer. There's a huge effort right now to understand exactly what the genetic changes are in order to better understand how to more effectively diagnose and treat cancer."

Nanotechnology is experiencing promising research gains and increased interest by the National Cancer Institute, according to Denell. A nanometer is extremely small - one-billionth of a meter. Using this technology, small constructs or machines can be developed that will be guided to tumors, allowing for imaging, delivery of drugs and metabolic monitoring. K-State has a strong nanotechnology program and a number of faculty members are applying nanotechnology to cancer related research, Denell said.

This includes a group of researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine led by Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology, studying stem cells that come from the interior of the umbilical cord. These stem cells show the ability to home to tumors, and it has been proven in early research that without even carrying a cancer drug, they have the ability to reduce the size of tumors. By using nanotechnology, the stem cells can direct nano-constructs to the tumors where they can then take images of the tumor, treat the tumor and monitor the effect of chemotherapy and other kinds of treatment.

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