Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Unique Chemo Regimen is Extremely Effective in Certain Breast Cancers


A study led by Judith Hurley, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, showed that platinum-based chemotherapy combined with Herceptin is highly effective against HER2-positive, locally advanced breast cancer. The study is so significant that editors at the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology opted to publish the results early, online. Dr. Hurley has been a national leader in the study of locally advanced breast cancer for more than 15 years. “This is a natural progression of our research showing that platinum-based regimens can cure breast cancer,” said Hurley, who is also medical director of the oncology clinics at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

UM Miller School Researchers Identify How Coq10 Fights Cancer


Researchers from the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have identified how Coenzyme Q10 inhibits a protein that plays a vital role in cancer. The researchers, Niven R. Narain and Indushekhar Persaud, presented findings at last year’s meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research on the ability of CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant, to inhibit melanoma in the lab. They are now reporting their new findings showing how CoQ10 works and expanding its use at this year’s AACR meeting, April 1 to 5 in Washington, D.C.