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Lung, Head & Neck

Lung, Head & Neck

Over 1,200 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed every year in Nebraska. Scientists at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center are fighting this form of cancer by studying proteins called mucins, specifically a mucin known as MUC4, in early stage lung cancers, to determine the roles these proteins play. A lung cancer registry and tumor bank are under development. By analyzing blood and tissue samples, scientists and clinicians hope to develop novel strategies aimed at reducing the risk of lung cancer. A developing lung cancer screening program will track those at risk for lung cancer, while new animal models to study lung cancer are being developed.

A phase II clinical trial is examining if two chemotherapy drugs, typically given separately for treatment of lung cancer, are more effective when used together.


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Ashley Christensen

Ashley Christensen

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC
402-502-4118 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
ashley.christensen@nufoundation.org
Ashley joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2017. A Nebraska native, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Business Administration in 2005. Ashley is passionate about her work and excited to be a part of the fight against cancer in her role supporting the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC
402-502-4116 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
tom.thompson@nufoundation.org
Tom has been with the foundation since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He supports the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and oncology related departments at UNMC. Tom enjoys working at the foundation because he is assisting the people at UNMC who work tirelessly to help others.
 

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