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RPCI granted $300K for prostate study
Business First of Buffalo - by Tracey Drury
James Marshall, senior vice president for cancer prevention and population sciences and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation endowed chair in cancer prevention, will use the two-year grant for a study about prostate cancer and diet.
The grant is one of 12 Creativity Awards given by the PCF to support innovative projects because of their potential to fast-forward discovery and deliver game-changing results for prostate cancer research. The 12 projects were selected from among more than 157 applications.
Marshall’s grant will fund a multisite intervention trial that will test the results of putting men with small, low-grade prostate cancers on a diet low in animal products. Other funding comes from the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Marshall and his team, which includes researchers at RPCI and at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California in San Diego, will identify 450 men with prostate cancer from across the country, all considered to be low-risk. Half of the men in the experimental group will modify their diets to one low in animal products like meat and dairy and high in fruits and vegetables, which are associated with lower incidence of prostate cancer.
Marshall led a similar six-month pilot study in 2004, but no researchers have comprehensively studied the effects of a radical dietary intervention on men with prostate cancer.
Other Roswell researchers working on the program will include Dr. James Mohler, senior vice president for translational research and chair of the department of urology.