Dr. Brian Badgwell’s research efforts utilize national databases and prospective institutional databases to identify variables associated with outcome in cancer and surgical oncology. His previous research from the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center focused on melanoma, gastrointestinal cancer, palliative care, and the surgical treatment of complications of chemotherapy. At UAMS, Dr. Badgwell has expanded his investigation to include the surgical management of complications of multiple myeloma and the use of intra-operative testing in sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma.
Prospective research includes an observational study of quality of life in surgical palliation for patients with advanced or incurable cancer. In collaboration with researchers from The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, we are also planning on recruiting patients for a unique study attempting to identify markers of pancreatic cancer from whole saliva samples. Lastly, we are collecting prospective quality of life data on patients with pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancer to identify factors associated with improved post-operative recovery.