Marah Hamdan, a fourth-year medical pupil on the Foster College of Drugs at Texas Tech College Well being Sciences Middle El Paso, has been acknowledged by two main analysis organizations for her function in a examine of gallbladder most cancers.
Hamdan was chosen for a Scholar Analysis Award for the mission, “Gallbladder Adenocarcinoma. The Affect of Tumor Location and Minimally Invasive Surgical procedure on Survival.” She is co-first writer of the analysis, together with Felipe B. Maegwa, M.D., FACS, a scientific affiliate professor of surgical procedure on the College of Arizona.
In line with officers at TTUHSC El Paso, the chance to steer a analysis mission – as a pupil – has helped construct a stable basis for her profession.
“It was an necessary expertise – studying the method of conducting significant analysis with real-life implications, from inception to a number of submissions and at last being accepted,” Hamdan mentioned. “I’m excited, as that is my first surgical analysis presentation at a regional convention. It is a steppingstone, and I look ahead to my future within the surgical discipline.”
The Scholar Analysis Award is given by the Southern Part of the American Federation of Medical Analysis and the Southern Society for Medical Investigation. Hamdan introduced her analysis on the organizations’ joint Southern Regional Meeting, February 25-27. It was held just about this yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
The examine was not too long ago revealed within the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (PDF download).
The gallbladder is a small organ beneath the liver that assists with the digestive course of. Gallbladder most cancers is a uncommon however very lethal illness: About 3,700 individuals are recognized and a pair of,000 die from the illness yearly within the U.S., in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The illness is tough to detect in its early phases, when sufferers might have a greater probability of recovering, and it appears to be extra frequent amongst girls, Black individuals, Native Individuals and Alaska Natives.
The examine by Hamdan’s analysis group has helped add to the physique of data of gallbladder most cancers by analyzing how the placement of tumors on the organ, in addition to the usage of minimally invasive surgical procedure, impacts affected person survival charges.
Hamdan’s workforce analyzed six years of knowledge from gallbladder most cancers sufferers archived within the American Faculty of Surgeon’s Nationwide Most cancers Database. They discovered that when tumors emerged on the belly facet of the organ, the illness was extra more likely to be recognized earlier, leading to higher outcomes for sufferers. Nonetheless, if a tumor grew on the liver facet – or each side – of the gallbladder, it was related to worse outcomes for sufferers.
The group additionally examined the usage of minimally invasive surgical procedure – resembling robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedure – on gallbladder most cancers sufferers within the U.S. from 2010 to 2016. They discovered that the usage of minimally invasive surgical procedure for gallbladder most cancers is rising and seems to assist scale back hospitalization instances for sufferers whose tumors are caught early.
“It’s been an important lesson, in each mentorship and analysis,” mentioned Hamdan, who’s scheduled to graduate this yr. Her mentor for the mission is Ioannis Konstantinidis, M.D., an assistant professor of complicated surgical oncology and basic oncology at TTUHSC El Paso.
“As the primary individual in my household coming into the medical discipline, I noticed the significance of getting a mentor who has a real curiosity in your success and whom I can ask questions pertaining to skilled and private instructions,” Hamdan mentioned.
As information on gallbladder most cancers has developed over the previous a long time, the workforce’s analysis provides priceless knowledge on the prognostic significance of tumor location inside the gallbladder in addition to the security of minimally invasive surgical procedure for gallbladder most cancers, Dr. Konstantinidis mentioned.
“As a school member, it’s a pleasure and an honor to work with medical college students, and I think about it essential for them to have alternatives to current at a nationwide degree and learn to conduct and publish scientific analysis,” Dr. Konstantinidis mentioned.
Hamdan moved to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia at age 14 in 2010 and considers El Paso her hometown. Now nearing completion of her medical diploma on the Foster College of Drugs, she is pursuing a basic surgical procedure residency with a aim of changing into a colorectal surgeon. She hopes she will be able to sometime make a distinction within the place she calls residence.
“There’s a necessity for feminine colorectal surgeons, particularly in El Paso, the place I wish to serve the group,” Hamdan mentioned.