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Dr. Rebecca Auer awarded $450,000 to develop novel immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer

April 15, 2015

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. Surgery provides the best chance of a cure, but even then, more than 80% of patients will die of their disease. However, immunotherapies, which harness the body’s own immune system to attack cancer, are offering new hope. Dr. Rebecca Auer recently received a $450,000 grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to investigate different strategies for combining surgery, oncolytic virus vaccines and other immune-boosting therapies to treat pancreatic cancer and prevent it from coming back after surgical resection. Initial laboratory studies using mouse models and human tissue samples will pave the way for clinical trials.

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