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Revolutionizing Localized Cancer Treatment Methods

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Project ended on April 10, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Revolutionizing Localized Cancer Treatment Methods

Why We Are Here

Everyone is affected by cancer and unfortunately, many individuals experience recurrence, or the same cancer numerous times. When receiving systemic chemotherapy treatment, patients experience significant negative side effects such as nausea, fatigue, hair loss, a weakened immune system, and so on. Additionally, patients who receive surgery to remove a tumor often take months to recover and experience great discomfort as well as dangerous postoperative complications. Many cancer survivors follow these treatment processes, pushing through the pain and discomfort, only to discover years later that they still have cancer and must repeat this grueling treatment process.

We plan to change this.


Our Research

Our research is focused on creating a form of localized chemotherapy treatment that would greatly reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy treatment as well as decrease the chance of post-surgical complications. In summary, our goal is to use solution blow-spinning to apply a surgical sealant to the area where a tumor has been removed. This surgical sealant will contain chemotherapeutic drugs that will release slowly over time, killing any remaining cancer cells while also preventing leakage from the wound site. To test our methodology, we will be focusing primarily on stage IIIA colorectal cancer as it has a high recurrence rate. 


About Us

We are Team TUMOR, a sophomore research team in the Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland. Our team consists of twelve students with varying majors and interests but a common goal to succeed in our work in order to make an impact on countless lives. The team was formed in the Spring of 2018 and will continue research until our thesis defense in April 2021. We are incredibly thankful for our mentors Dr. Peter Kofinas, Ph.D. and John Daristotle, Ph.D. Candidate, as well as our librarian Jordan Sly, who have been and will continue to be a crucial part of our work. 


We Need Your Help

As an undergraduate team, we currently have very limited funds. We require and therefore kindly ask for your donations to aid in purchasing research materials so that we may begin our work. These materials include items such as but not limited to chemotherapeutic drugs, polymers, chemical solvents, air brushes, and colon cancer cell cultures. Donations of any size will make a significant impact and are greatly appreciated. We thank you for your support in advance and are excited to improve cancer treatment methods with you.


Contact and Follow Us



Facebook: Team TUMOR

Twitter: @teamtumor2021


Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents.  Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.


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This donation will help us to FIGHT cancer cells and contribute to small purchases, such as acetone and other solvents.



This donation will help us to BATTLE cancer cells and contribute to purchasing polymers and emulsifying agents with which to incorporate chemotherapeutic agents.



This donation will help us to ATTACK cancer cells and contribute to purchasing chemotherapeutic drugs that will be incorporated into the polymers.



This donation will help us to DESTROY cancer cells and contribute to fund conferences and present our research findings to other cancer researchers.

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