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Large grant will help Cleveland doctor in cancer research

Dr. Huiping Liu works to stop cancer cells from spreading (Source: WOIO) Dr. Huiping Liu works to stop cancer cells from spreading (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Making strides in the fight to end breast cancer, Case Western Reserve's Doctor Huiping Liu just received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for more than $450,000.

"It's exciting and also happy for us to extend our research,” Dr. Liu says.

Liu is a member of the National Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The medical scientist and her team will use the money to look for mechanisms that can help people survive breast cancer and stop the cancer cells from spreading.

One of the components of the mechanisms is microRNA-30, a tiny molecule that suppresses tumors and keeps tumor cells from spreading in the breast tissue.

The more of these molecules there are, the better survival rate for patients, in some cases as much as six more years of life.

"Hopefully, we can find the therapeutics after and then we can give to patients and then they can survive better without developing metastatic disease," Dr. Liu says.

It's research to help in the commitment to conquer a disease, with the hope of ending breast cancer forever.

The three-year grant will also allow Dr. Liu to hire more people to her research team, which means a bigger effort in battling the disease.

Dr. Liu hopes it will take anywhere from five to 10 years to make that medical breakthrough, to stop cancer cells from spreading.

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