Cancer research is laced throughout all of Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s focus areas. It is a formidable challenge. Cancer cells grow uncontrollably, and they evade even the most aggressive treatments. Researchers at the institute are beginning to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the genetic and environmental factors that encourage cancer growth, as well as how cancer multiplies and migrates throughout the body. With this new knowledge, researchers are developing methods to make cancer cells more vulnerable to existing treatments, as well as innovating completely new treatments in efforts to stop cancer and prevent it from recurring.

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Leading oncologist-scientist to discuss cutting-edge cancer therapy on Thursday

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VTCRI research team identifies a potential strategy in fight against brain cancer

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