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Iraq War Veteran's Next Tour of Duty: Battling Pancreatic Cancer

For Kimberly Homan, serving as a Marine Corps logistics officer on the battlefields of Iraq was like riding a roller coaster.

Fighting pancreatic cancer in a University of Texas at Austin laboratory is a different kind of battle that she likens to a “long walk up a steep hill.”

The Ph.D. graduate in Biomedical Engineering is taking on a formidable opponent in pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

With a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Homan is employing nanotechnology to image and treat the disease. It’s a tricky endeavor that uses photoacoustic imaging to zero in on the tumor in the pancreas and the injection of nanoagents to infiltrate the tumor.

Conquering pancreatic cancer will require perseverance and grit. The kind of job well suited to a former Marine.

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