Patrick Ma, M.D., co-leader of the WVU Cancer Institute Sara Crile Allen & James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program and director of the Clinical Lung Cancer Program, and Xiaoliang Wu, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Ma’s lab, were featured presenters at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Scientific Meeting this June.
In addition to serving in several leadership roles at the ASCO meeting, including member of the Educational Committee, tumor biology track leader of the Scientific Program Committee and session chair for the Tumor Biology Oral Abstract Session and an Education Session, Dr. Ma presented two talks – Linking Immune and Genomic Heterogeneity: Clinical and Biologic Implications and Novel Platforms and Clinical Applications for Noninvasive Molecular Testing. Both focused on topics at the forefront of modern cancer research – genomic profiling and immune repertoire profiling, and novel molecular diagnostic platforms, such as liquid biopsy and breath biopsy. His research titled PRC-2 epigenetic chromatin reprogramming in ALK-positive (ALK+) lung cancer initial emergence of precision drug resistance was also selected to be highlighted in a Poster Discussion Session during the meeting.
Dr. Wu won a 2018 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award based on his research presentation Mass spectrometry biomolecular omics profiling and imaging to dissect the initial emergence of molecular drug resistance in ALK-positive (ALK+) lung cancer, which was featured during a Poster Discussion Session. Using cutting-edge technology, he was able to pinpoint when drug resistance began at a molecular level in lung cancer cells that received precision therapy. His work identified tumor cell protein reprogramming as early as 7 days while the majority of tumor cells were being killed off by the precision therapy.
Dr. Wu also presented Whole exome sequencing (WES) to define the genomic landscape of young lung cancer patients during an Oral Abstract Session. In that research project he leveraged state-of-the-art, next-generation cancer genome sequencing technology to unravel the genomic mystery of why lung cancer occurs in young patients, under 45 years of age, often without any smoking history.
ASCO’s Annual Meeting brought together more than 40,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.
WVU Medicine Physician Presents at International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Conference
Christopher P. Cifarelli, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the WVU Medicine Gamma Knife program and member of the WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs, presented a talk on his team’s research during the 2018 ISIORT conference in Mannheim, Germany. Dr. Cifarelli presented two sessions: Feasibility of Dose Escalation Using Intraoperative Radiotherapy Following Resection of Large Brain Metastases Compared to Post-operative SRS and Neurosurgical Nuances of IORT for Intracranial Lesions. The work focuses on a novel use of radiation delivered to the brain at the time of surgery as a means to decrease long-term radiation doses and improve overall outcomes for patients with metastatic and primary brain tumors. The conference had about 300 specialists from over 20 nations in attendance. Dr. Cifarelli is a faculty member in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery and a member of the Radiation Oncology team at WVU Cancer Institute. This work was co-authored by Joshua Hack MS, Geraldine M. Jacobson MD, and J. Austin Vargo MD.
A free continuing education event for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare providers interested in breast cancer care.
The tobacco cessation treatment training program at WVU urges collaboration in helping patients kick the tobacco habit and decrease health risks associated with tobacco use.