GUWAHATI, May 16 - The Cancer Research Foundation, India (CRFI) has announced the winners of the RK Borkotoky Best Cancer Research Award 2018. The recipients of this year’s award are Mirza Sheefa and the research team from the Department of Life Sciences, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, and the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ahmedabad. The award carries cash prize and a citation.
The research team identified circulating cancer stem cells in blood of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. These cancer stem cells are responsible for the resistance to cancer treatment in lung cancer patients, which is demonstrated by their gene expression profile. The research was published in the journal Tumor Biology.
According to Dr Mouchumee Bhattacharyya, Vice Chairperson and Head of the Scientific Advisory Committee of CRFI, the findings would be useful in developing personalised regimens like immunotherapy and targeted therapy for lung cancer patients.
Dr Manigreeva Krishnatreya, general secretary of CRFI, said one of the biggest challenges for an oncologist is the recurrence of cancer after a complete response following the treatment.
“This novel identification of discrete cancer stem cell population in lung cancer patients will help pre-empt for future recurrences,” he said.