February 11, 2016
Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously treatment-resistant disease. Assistant professor Bryan Q. Spring develops photodynamic light-based therapies that both target the malignant cells and stop the signaling between them that sparks new tumor growth. It’s a novel one-two punch approach to personalized medicine.
“With difficult malignancies like pancreatic cancer, you can never kill all the cancer cells with a single cycle of treatment,” says Spring, who joined Northeastern’s Department of Physics in the College of Science this past fall. “The surviving cells are able to mount a response—they communicate with one another so they can keep growing, develop resistance to the drugs, and thwart the immune system.”