Grant ID RP150449
Awarded On February 18, 2015
Title Noninvasive multiscale imaging for optical biopsy in epithelial cancers
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Gracie Vargas
Cancer Sites Head and Neck
Contracted Amount $852,748
Lay Summary

The goal of this project is development of a novel optical imaging approach for identifying early cancer and treatable precancers having a high chance for malignancy in the oral cavity and oropharynx. Oral and Oropharyngeal cancer (OSCC) is a significant global health problem accounting for approximately 400,000 reported new cases per year worldwide. Approximately half of patients diagnosed with OSCC will die within 5 years. There is a rise in OSCC due to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and it is afflicting a younger age group. Early detection and treatment are paramount to patient survival and quality of life. The current clinical approach of visual inspection with palpation and biopsy fail ...

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