Offering substantial investment into the University of Rochester Medical Center, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has announced a $770,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will go toward Dr. Danielle Benoit’s research into drugs to prevent radiation damage to salivary glands in throat and neck cancer patients.
“This major federal award is yet another example of the important research happening right here in our community,” Slaughter, a member of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, said in a press release. “Rochester is helping lead the world in some of the most groundbreaking medical breakthroughs. Dr. Benoit’s research will help carry that legacy while also playing a big role in helping the hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with throat and neck cancer every year.”
Damage to salivary glands and loss of function is a common side effect of radiation treatment for neck and throat cancer patients, at a rate of approximately 550,000 per year.