January 18, 2017

Missoula cancer researchers get $1.4M grant

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Cancer researchers in Missoula, Mont., have received a $1.4 million grant to continue studying how the genetic makeup of Native Americans might affect the way they respond to cancer treatment.
The Missoulian reports the grant will help researchers at the University of Montana and the Montana Cancer Institute with a study seeking to determine how Indians with breast cancer respond to the anti-estrogen cancer drug Tamoxifen.
MCI president Pat Beatty says the grant will give the research more stability and help the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, who are not being paid for their part in the research.
The grant is part of a $10 million project to establish a center in the Northwest for the National Institutes of Health to further study the ways genetic makeup affects how people respond to medicine.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com