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- Better Together: Statewide Tumor Board Unites Cancer Research and TreatmentTo cut down on unnecessary cancer treatments, it would be ideal to quickly – and accurately – predict which drugs should be given to which patients. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and tumor samples generously donated by patients to UW Carbone’s Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board, Dr. Dusty Deming and colleagues are moving toward just that in colon, pancreas and other cancers.
- Predicting Breast Cancer Through Machine Learning TechniquesCurrent breast cancer screening guidelines are good, but they could be improved to better screen people with above-average risks. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and a UW2020 grant, Elizabeth Burnside, MD, and her team are combining complex sets of genetic information with machine learning techniques to more precisely identify risk factors and improve early detection of breast cancer.
- New Microscope Helps Researchers Better See Changes Inside Cancer CellsVisualizing microscopic structures in cells and tissues is a crucial part of understanding how cancers develop. A $50,000 supporting contribution from Garding Against Cancer helped UW-Madison scientists land a $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to acquire a new, state-of-the-art electron microscope to peer deep into cancer cells.
- Rapidly Advancing Cancer ImmunotherapyZach Morris: Immunotherapies are revolutionizing cancer treatment, but they only work in around 15-20% of patients. To improve effects in cancers where immunotherapies tend to work poorly, such as brain cancers or neuroblastoma, Dr. Zach Morris – the featured speaker at this year’s Garding Against Cancer signature event – is using Garding funds to build off of what his group has already found to be successful in immunotherapy and looking for ways to boost the immune system even more.
- Garding Against Cancer Helps Cancer Patients in the Oshkosh AreaFunding cancer patient care and treatments in the Oshkosh community.
- Garding Against Cancer Helps Wausau Area Cancer PatientsFunding cancer patient care and treatments in the Wausau community.
- Enhanced Microscopes Enable Cancer Researchers to Pursue New Types of StudiesGarding Against Cancer recently provided funds to the Core that allowed them to upgrade the detectors on one of the microscopes to be much more sensitive.
- Improving Patient Outcomes in Rare CancersA promising clinical trial to treat patients with NETs, funded in part by Garding Against Cancer and The Aly Wolff Foundation, is currently underway at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
- Garding Against Cancer Helps Dunn County Residents Continue Their Cancer TreatmentsThe money raised at the 2017 Garding Against Cancer events in the Dunn County community of Menomonie is helping people in the area afford their cancer medications, in addition to funding groundbreaking research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
- Looking for Better Methods to Determine Chemotherapy TreatmentsMark Burkard, MD, PhD, and his colleagues are working hard to improve this process. With funding from Garding Against Cancer, Burkard is conducting a clinical trial to find better ways to predict which drugs will work best for which patients.
- Could Beating Cancer Be as Simple as Getting a Vaccine?With funding from Garding Against Cancer, Zachary Morris, MD, and his team first showed that the immune memory that develops from their personalized cancer vaccine treatment approach is able to effectively fight and eliminate the same type of cancer cells.