Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
Race to Cure Sarcoma™ Atlanta
What inspired you to specialize in sarcoma?
The rarity and complexity of this disease in combination with our limited treatment options outside of surgical therapy inspired me to focus my advanced surgical training in surgical oncology on this unique disease.
What is the focus of the research performed in your lab?
I am the lead and principal investigator of the Unites States Sarcoma Collaborative, which is a multi-institutional research effort amongst 8 academic institutions across the US studying this rare disease. We have a surgical database of approximately 5000 sarcoma cases from which we are conducting approximately 50 study projects focusing on improvements in our management and treatment of patients with sarcomas with a focus on surgical outcomes.
How will funding from the Race to Cure Sarcoma™ Atlanta help in your research efforts?
Funds from the Race to Cure Sarcoma™ will be used to support research through the Sarcoma Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.