Although Tyler Trent is no longer with us his legacy is still living on.
Using cells from Trent’s tumors, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have made a groundbreaking discovery, finding a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth.
Trent was a Purdue University student who inspired the nation with his fight against cancer. He died on January 1, 2019, after a long fight against an aggressive form of bone cancer.
Trent was known for his strong faith and his correct prediction that his Boilermakers would upset No. 2 Ohio State. The Purdue football team beat the Buckeyes 49-20 in Oct. 2018.
By looking at Trent’s cancer cells, researchers were able to find a variation that is found in recurring tumors.
Using a combination of two drugs, the growth of the tumors was blocked “substantially.” The team also found that the combination therapy would be tolerable for a patient.
The researchers’ next steps include a better understanding of how the tumors adapt to the treatments and optimizing the combination therapy.