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Federal grant aims to reduce radiation damage for cancer patients at URMC

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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to help research preventing radiation damage. (Photo: URMC)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to help research preventing radiation damage.

The $770,000 grant will focus on researching and developing drugs to help prevent radiation damage to the salivary glands for throat and neck cancer patients., according to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D, NY-25).

More than 550,000 patients who undergo radiation therapy for throat and neck cancers suffer severe loss of the function of their salivary glands.

The money would go toward developing a drug to prevent that damage and mitigate the effects of the cancer treatment.

Dr. Danielle Benoit, Principle Investigator at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Benoit Lab, is heading up the study.

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