Duke study finds growth factor aids stem cell regeneration after radiation damage
Epidermal growth factor has been found to speed the recovery of blood-making stem cells after exposure to radiation, according to researchers from Duke Medicine (home of the Duke Cancer Institute). The finding could open new options for treating cancer patients and victims of dirty bombs or nuclear disasters.
Among the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 67 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.