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CAU Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Georgia Cancer Center partner to improve prostate cancer outcomes

CAU Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Georgia Cancer Center partner to improve prostate cancer outcomes

10/29/2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Oct. 29, 2019) — The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University and the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University have created a collaborative partnership aimed at researching prostate cancer and positive patient outcomes.

“We are excited about the possibilities of this new partnership with Clark Atlanta University,” said Dr. Jorge Cortes, director for the Georgia Cancer Center. “Finding new treatment options and tactics for tackling prostate cancer takes a team effort. It is important to find team members committed to this cause. This is what we have found at Clark Atlanta University.”

Prostate cancer is a disease that occurs in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland that produces fluid that makes up part of the semen. According to the National Cancer Institute, the risk of the disease increases with age and African-American men can be at a greater risk of developing the disease. Estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS) show about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

ACS research indicates that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. The goal of this five-year partnership is to form a framework of collaboration between the clinicians at the Georgia Cancer Center and researchers at the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development to advance the understanding and education of prostate cancer. Research will include cellular biology, tissue analysis, biomarkers, detection, prevention and treatment.

“The strong collaboration and scientific exchange between the Georgia Cancer Center and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University can only benefit the advancement of and breakthrough of results in the treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Shafiq A. Khan, director of the Cancer Center at Clark Atlanta University. “Each institution brings a wealth of talent and passion for the work to be done.”

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sam D. Burston, 404-880-6316, sburston@cau.edu

Chris Curry, (706) 799-8841, chrcurry@augusta.edu

About Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University

The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation, and education. Through unprecedented expansion, the Georgia Cancer Center is providing access to more first-in-the-nation clinical trials, world-renowned experts and lifesaving options. For more information visit, augusta.edu/cancer.

About the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development

The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark

Atlanta University was established in 1999 with direct support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program. CCRTD faculty research interests are in cancer biology, drug discovery and behavioral aspects of cancer. In 2004, CCRTD developed a singular focused research and educational program in the area of prostate cancer, based upon the higher incidence and mortality among African-American men. CCRTD is one of the most comprehensive prostate cancer research and educational programs in the country and the only one of its kind. For more information on the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, visit www.cau.edu/ccrtd or call 404-880-6763.

 

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a private, research-intensive, liberal arts institution, offering 38 areas of study at bachelor’s, master’s, specialists, and doctoral levels. Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), CAU continues a 150-year legacy rooted in the African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world.  Learn more at www.cau.edu.