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Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center physician receives grant for lung cancer research

August 04, 2015 posted by Amy Holcombe

Cherukuri is one of four winners of the 2015-2016 Lung Cancer Research Fellows Program. The purpose of the program is to further the development of local lung cancer care and research across the state of North Carolina. 
This year the initiative is awarding four grants totaling $100,000 as a part of the organization’s commitment to fund North Carolina researchers. Cherukuri’s research focus is “Aromatase Inhibitors in Metastatic Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in Postmenopausal Women.”

Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, yet is greatly underfunded. The Research Fellows Program is designed to support young scientists in a way that will help them to develop pilot data for future larger grants. Since 2008, the initiative has funded $750,000 in lung cancer research. 

Dr. Jennifer Garst, board chairman of the initiative, stated, “Our Fellows Grant Program supports young scientists at major lung cancer research centers around the state and allows them to be mentored by North Carolina’s leading lung cancer researchers. I am very proud of the diversity and depth of thinking that is evident in all of our grant winners' proposals this year and look forward to more thought provoking and cutting-edge proposals in the future with the support of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina."

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in women. This trial is unique in that it is focusing on treatment of women with lung cancer,” said Dr. Cherukuri. “Adding aromatase inhibitors will change the course and outcome of aggressive biology and open new avenues for other combination therapies or sequential treatments for better outcomes in women with lung cancer.”

The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center provides outpatient cancer services through a collaboration between Vidant Health and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Cancer experts diagnose and treat thousands of cancer patients every year. 

Through clinical trials, cancer patients have access to the latest, most promising treatments. The staff at Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center is a resource for patients wanting to learn how to manage their illness and take advantage of services available close to home. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 252-744-1888 or 800-223-9328. 

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