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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center


Conor Lynch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
736 Preston Research Building, 23rd & Pierce Avenue
Nashville , TN 37232-6840
Fax: 615-936-2911

Research Description

My research interests are primarily involved with understanding how breast and prostate to bone metastases induce extensive bone sunthesis and destruction. Breast and prostate cancers are of great prevalence in the US and each year claim many thousands of lives. In 2010 the American Cancer Society predicts that there will be 214,640 new cases of breast cancer and 234,460 cases of prostate cancer ( Despite medical advances, unfortunately, approximately 65,000 men and women will succumb to these diseases. Death from cancer typically occurs from metastasis and a common metastatic site for breast and prostate cancer is the bone. Over 80% of patients who die from these diseases have evidence of bone metastasis. Breast and prostate bone metastases are notorious for the intense debilitating pain that they cause and as a consequence these diseases dramatically affect the patient's quality of life. It is clear that more treatments are required for these diseases but understanding how the metastatic cancer cells induce these changes in the bone is key for the development of new therapies.