The Center for Translational Cancer Research

Regenerative Medicine

This emerging field of translational cancer research seeks to develop and deliver new therapies that will permit the reestablishment of tissue and organ function that have been lost as a result of cancer growth or cancer treatment. Several exciting interdisciplinary teams have formed to use state of the art tissue engineering and nanotechnology approaches to build new tissues. Studies underway include vocal cord engineering, salivary gland engineering for treatment of xerostomia (dry mouth) resulting from cancer treatment, hydrogel development for control of bleeding and tissue leakage during liver cancer surgery, and development of replacement tissues for bone or cartilage lost to cancer.