Lipton awarded breast cancer research grant

January 18, 2012

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute’s Allan Lipton has received a $50,000 grant toward his breast cancer research as part of the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition’s Refunds for Breast Cancer Research initiative. This program allows state taxpayers to donate a portion or all of their state income tax refund to research.

Lipton’s research focuses on metastases, the development of cancer in other areas of the body a distance from the primary tumor. His study, "Predicting Response to HER2-targeted Therapy," is looking to see if a biomarker can be found in blood to help doctors predict which of two FDA-approved therapies would be more effective on the patient.

Lipton is one of three researchers who received funding through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Research initiative. This year’s other recipients are from the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.

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Last Updated January 18, 2012