Research Team | Dr. Eugene Lee
Eugene K. Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Urology and specializes in the care of patients with urologic cancer. He serves as the director of clinical research and the resident research program for the department of urology. Dr. Lee's laboratory-based research is to understand and evaluate the role of glucose metabolism in bladder cancer growth, in the identification of disease, and development of potential treatment strategies. His clinical research is focused in improving outcomes in patients with bladder cancer.
GLUCOSE METABOLISM IN BLADDER CANCER
Bladder cancer cells are highly dependent on the availability of glucose in the blood and their surrounding for continual growth. Additionally, diabetic patients with altered glucose metabolism have an increased risk of bladder cancer and an increased risk of recurrence/progression when they have high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Dr. Lee's laboratory is focused on deciphering the mechanisms for increased growth and exploiting these to help develop novel treatment strategies.
|Karim Pirani, PhD
DIET, EXERCISE, AND LIFESTYLE (DEAL) IN PATIENTS WITH DIABETES AND BLADDER CANCER
A group of researchers led by Dr. Eugene Lee with the Department of Urology has opened a clinical trial studying the effects of a carbohydrate restricted diet in patients with diabetes and high grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Patients will be provided with dietary counseling, exercise goals, and meals for the first 3 months of participation. The goal is to evaluate the feasibility of a dietary intervention in this patient population and study the effects on patient's blood and urine glucose levels. The hope is to use this research as a platform for larger randomized clinical trials. The research is being supported through a Frontier's Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program Grant (UL1 TR000001) and a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award. Contact Dr. Lee's Office at 913-945-6432 if interested.
A TABLET BASED APPLICATION TO IMPROVE PERIOPERATIVE OUTCOMES IN RADICAL CYSTECTOMY
A team of researchers led by Dr. Eugene Lee with the Department of Urology has received a University of Kansas Cancer Center Pilot Grant (5 P30 CA168524-04) to study a tablet-based application to improve perioperative outcomes in radical cystectomy patients. These patients are extremely vulnerable and are at high risk of malnutrition, weight loss, deconditioning, and peri-operative complications. The goal of the research is to develop a comprehensive application based program to improve pre-operative conditioning and education. Additionally, the application will assist in post-operative medical management of patients after they go home. The goal of the research is to study these methods in larger randomized clinical trials in the future. Contact Dr. Lee's Office at 913-945-6432 if interested.