Development of a Cancer Staging Tool Based on Viscoelastic and Spectrosphic Properties of Cystic Fluids

Current diagnostic techniques are limited in their ability to accurately identify and stage metastatic disease, yet accurate diagnosis and staging is crucial for the determination of an appropriate course of treatment for patients with cyst type and malignancy, but existing tools require large fluid volumes making early diagnosis of smaller, or metastatic, masses impossible. The objective of this study is to develop and test a new tool for diagnosing and staging pancreatic cancer using changes in the static and dynamic viscoelastic properties of microliter quantities of pancreatic cystic fluid.

Organization: 
University of Maine
Researcher: 
Michael Mason, Ph.D
Grant Amount Given: 
$75,422
Year Issued: 
2012
Period: 
Annual
Grant Category: 
Research
Types of Cancer: 
Pancreatic
Screening
Grant Duration: 
1 Year Pilot Grant

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2014 Panning for Gold: Nanomaterials & the Future of Cancer Treatment $168,309 Research University of Maine
2014 Catching Cancer Before It Appears $172,512 Research University of Maine
2012 Development of a Cancer Staging Tool Based on Viscoelastic and Spectrosphic Properties of Cystic Fluids $75,422 Research University of Maine
2012 3DMammoComp: Next Generation Computational Analysis of Breast Tomosynthesis $82,843 Research University of Maine
2010 Computational Pathology: 3-d Analysis of Chromosome Territories $80,000 Research University of Maine
2009 Improved Cancer Detection through the use of Engineered Nanoparticle Bioconjugates $78,292 Research University of Maine
2008 Wavelet-based image analysis of Mammograms $73,552 Research University of Maine
2006 Preventive and Therapeutic Effects of Vitamin D3 an its Membrane Receptor on Neoplastic Cells $76,206 Research University of Maine
2004 Mechanisms of Arsenic Induced Human Lung and Bladder Cancer $45,745 Research University of Maine
2003 Protein Palmyitoylation: Examination and Characterization of the Protein Palitoyl-CoA Transferase Family of Dictyostelium $17,640 Research University of Maine
2001 The New Biology at USM $1,230 Education University of Maine