Research

There is good news in the advancement in lung cancer research. New treatments are being discovered that can be used alone, before, after, or in combination with traditional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

We seek to help fund research
that focuses on

Early detection & diagnosis of lung cancer

Personalized & targeted treatment therapies

Increasing survival rates & eradicating cancer

To date we have given over $1 million dollars to targeted research projects at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. These dollars have allowed the Thorasic team at MD Anderson to generate over $10M in grant funds.

2017

Funded Research

Personalizing Immunotherapy
Early Stage Lung Cancer microbiome and blood-based markers

Benefit to Patients
Using biomarkers for personalizing immunotherapy in early stage lung cancer to determine which patients will likely benefit or experience toxicities from our new immunotherapy studies.

Boris Sepesi, M.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You Letter

Personalizing Immunotherapy
In metastatic lung cancer, including autantibodies & genomic markers

Benefit to Patients
Improving patient selection of who will likely benefit or experience toxicities from our new immunotherapy studies.

Mehmet Altan, M.D. &
Boris Sepesi, M.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You Letter

Targeted Treatment
To correlate the microorganisms in the gut with the risk of inflammation of the colon and response to immunotherapy.

Benefit to Patients
To better understand the impact of modifying the gut microbiome to impact response rates to immunotherapy and protect patients from colon inflammation.

Mehmet Altan, M.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You Letter

Targeted Treatment
To determine the biomarkers for selecting which patients benefit from aggressive local consolidative therapy.

Benefit to Patients
Traditionally Oligometastic lung cancer has only spread to limited number of sites, and has been treated only with chemo. This study will seek to determine benefits from surgery and radiation in addition to systemic therapy.

Daniel Gomez, M.D. &
Jianjun Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You Letter

Targeted Treatment
To understand how EGFR/HER2 exon 20 mutant non-small cell lung cancer develops resistance to poziotinib.

Benefit to Patients
To provide patients who have tumors that have become resistant to treatments, a new combination of drugs to overcome that resistance.

Jacqulyne Robichaux, Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You Letter


Making a difference

Through the years

2016


  • Support for Novel Molecular Targets in Small Cell Lung Cancer  GEMINI  Dr. Byers
  • Support for Biomarkers for predictive response in immunotherapy  GEMINI

2015


  • Support for Novel Molecular Targets in Small Cell Lung Cancer  GEMINI  Dr. Byers

2014


  • Support for Lung Cancer Shot Program & GEMINI
  • Patient Education Materials - Support for the Living with Lung Cancer Health Fair and for the Thoracic Patient Teaching Initiative - ongoing project to create instructional videos for Thoracic Patients

2013


  • Support for Micro RNAs as Novel Tumor Biomarkers to Guide Personalized Treatment  | BATTLE
  • Support for Micro RNAs as Novel Serum Biomarkers to Guide Personalized Treatment  |  BATTLE
  • Support for the Lung Cancer Moon Shot Program and GEMINI
  • Patient Education Materials - Expansion of the Living with Lung Cancer Health Fair

2012


  • Support for the Lung Cancer Research  |  BATTLE 2
  • Personalized Cancer Therapies  |  BATLLE Trials
  • Patient Education Materials - Living Your Life with Lung Cancer printed materials and Health Fair
  • Public Education Materials - Lung Cancer Educational Fund

2011


  • The Gibbons Lab - Focuses on understanding the regulation of cancer cell invasion and metastasis by studying the genetic information of production of proteins in cell and the role of the immune cells in those processes

2010


  • Support for the Lung Cancer Research Priority Program including BATTLE
  • Personalized Cancer Therapies  |  BATTLE
  • Patient Education Materials - Living Your Life with Lung Cancer printed materials & Health Fair
  • Public Education Materials - Lung Cancer Educational Fund printed materials

2009


  • Support for Dr. Daniel Karp's research efforts
  • Support for MD Anderson's Lung Cancer Research Priority Program  |  Dr. Lippman
  • Lung Cancer Tissue Bank and Personalized Cancer Therapies
  • Support for Dr. Roy Herbst's research efforts including BATTLE trials
  • Patient Education Materials - Living Your Life with Lung Cancer printed materials
  • Public Education Materials - Lung Cancer Educational Materials

2008


  • Fellow support in Thoracic Head and Neck Medical Oncology
  • Patient Education Materials - Living Your Life with Lung Cancer printed materials
  • Public Education Materials - Lung Cancer Educational Materials