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003 - "The Progression of Cancer III" by Lauren Elder

003 - "The Progression of Cancer III" by Lauren Elder


Lauren Elder, "The Progression of Cancer"

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Please note, each $5 is a donation to the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF).  You will receive a receipt for your taxes via email upon completion of payment on this site. If you are interested in this artwork, or other works by the same artist, please contact them directly (see "ARTIST INFO" below). 


    Lauren Elder, "The Progression of Cancer"

    My project shows a surreal representation of cancer progression in the body. The different cellular mutations that commonly occur during cancer progression (replication errors and metastasis) are shown via anthropomorphic representations (closed eyes and crawling hands). In collaboration with representing the cellular aspect of cancer progression, my project also depicts the life of a patient going through her life before and after her cancer diagnosis. This project aims to both make both the scientific aspect of cancer less intimidating, as well as make the personal and emotional aspect more relatable.


    The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) was founded in 1945 by a group of volunteers dedicated to cancer research at UCLA. Their idea, using funds raised from private sources to invest in the work of promising young cancer researchers, resulted in the Seed Grant Program, which has helped the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center break new ground in the quest to defeat cancer.

    Although seed grants remain an important part of our mission, the Foundation today also supports numerous high-priority and multi-disciplinary cancer research efforts focused on rapidly translating discoveries made in the laboratory into improved screening, treatment and prevention.

    For more information about us, please visit our website.


    The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) wants to make the words “You have cancer” a little less scary for the more than 1.7 million people diagnosed with this disease in the US each year. We help “Make Cancer Less Scary” by funding the most promising research initiatives of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, creating more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

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