Searching for better ways to fight back against childhood cancer
March 19, 2019
Often times, the fight against pediatric cancer can be overwhelming. Although current techniques for treating cancer have helped many families, there are still patients who are in need of more advanced techniques. Ching Lau, M.D., Ph.D., and head of Hematology and Oncology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is investigating new ways to treat many forms of pediatric cancer.
Dr. Lau’s research deals primarily with PDX mice, genetically engineered mice which can accept human tissue transplant, allowing them to be engrafted with human tumors. These tumors then grow within the mouse and can be further controlled to resemble the microenvironment found within humans. This technique has an unparalleled ability to find drugs that can work within real life cancer cases, as opposed to cell lines within culture.