Oncology Program

Lung Cancer


Cancer is a complex disease that can start in any site in the body when a tissue grows out of control and inhibits the body’s normal functioning. At the cell level, cancer often involves the dysregulation of multiple genes and cellular pathways, leading to the cell’s inability to maintain proper cellular functions. Re-establishing or blocking these pathways can be done through many therapeutic approaches, including gene therapy. More general information about cancer can be found at The American Cancer Society.

Lung Cancer

Genprex’s oncology program is focused on developing new treatments for cancer. Our initial therapeutic target is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, causing more deaths than breast, colon, kidney, liver, prostate or skin cancers, and lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Each year, there are more than 2 million new lung cancer cases and 1.7 million deaths from lung cancer worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society’s 2020 report, each year in the United States there are more than 228,000 new cases of lung cancer and more than 135,000 deaths from lung cancer. NSCLC represents 84 percent of all lung cancers and has a 24 percent five-year relative survival rate. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, 57 percent of lung cancer diagnoses are distant, or have metastasized, and the five-year relative survival rate for distant diagnoses is approximately 5 percent.