Phoenix - Science Lecture: "New Cancer Therapy"

  • November 29, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Lecture: "Sugar is bad, fat is good: a new take on cancer therapy"

Speaker: Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery Research Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute

Details: While most people think of radiation and chemotherapy when they think of cancer treatment, Barrow Researcher Adrienne C. Scheck, PhD and her team think of metabolism. Her team studies a potential therapy known as the ketogenic diet to complement traditional brain cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. This is a highly regimented diet that is actually a metabolic therapy. It causes a reduction in glucose and an increase in chemicals called ketones in the blood. While normal cells can use ketones for energy, cancer cells cannot. Thus the tumor cells are “starved” for energy and tumor growth slows. Dr. Scheck’s team has observed that live tumor models fed a ketogenic diet survive longer than those fed a standard diet. The treatment also works together with radiation and chemotherapy and enhances their effectiveness, thus improving survival. How the above mechanisms work together to slow cancer growth is not yet clearly defined, but the results of their combined action are encouraging. The ketogenic diet, combined with traditional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, will soon be entering clinical trials in the hopes that it will slow the growth of the tumor and significantly increase survival time.

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Meeting Place: The person at the info. desk will direct you to the lecture room.
Lecture duration is from 7pm - 8pm.
Validated parking (>$3) in the "Heritage Square Parking Lot" (SE corner 5th St and Monroe St, one block south of Van Buren St). Disregard any outside signs stating "$12 Event Parking".
Admission to the lecture is free. Their website suggests the following:

Register for this event at   https://tickets.azscience.org/auxiliary/psDetail.aspx?psn=15101                                                Click on "Purchase", select this event                                   Select the number of tickets that you want to reserve [adjacent to "Pathways" (the ticket cost is $0)]                                    Then select "Purchase".

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Note: Excerpts were taken from http://azscience.org.
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Presented by: AZ Science Center, 1st Fri. night of the month.      Educators earn one hour of professional development for each lecture attended.

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  • Ben B.

    Will be out of town for this unfortunately

    November 26, 2013

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