INDIANAPOLIS - Studies on pancreatic cancer and muscle weakness due to chemotherapy will continue thanks to four-year grants from the American Cancer Society. Janaiah Kota and Andrea Bonetto each received $792,000 grants for their work with the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center. 

Dr. Kota's work focuses on a specific molecule that has been deemed a potential healing target for pancreatic cancer, which is expected to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country by 2030.  Dr. Bonetto's research includes trying to reduce complications from therapies to help them better handle chemotherapy medications. Researchers say chemotherapy is often responsible for many side effects, including cachexia, which causes weight loss and weakness, and for which no treatment exists.