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Cancer Center Research

Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center researchers are dedicated to improving our understanding of cancer and helping develop new lifesaving procedures in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. With a focus on community health, our basic, translational and patient-based research efforts have led to innovative treatments and preventive measures that benefit patients everywhere.

Our scientists and physicians are the recipients of approximately $15 million annually in peer-reviewed cancer-related research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal and private funding agencies. They have contributed to breakthroughs in functional magnetic resonance imaging, photodynamic therapy, low-dose radio-therapy, use of radio-protective agents, improved melanoma detection in sentinel lymph nodes, T cell-depleted bone marrow transplantation from unrelated donors, and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. MCW is home to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, an NCI-funded database with records on over 200,000 procedures done at 500 medical centers in 50 countries.

The Cancer Center helps develop new research programs and supports existing research programs through fund raising, awarding grants, and maintaining strong cancer core research facilities.

Cancer Center research is focused around five specific program areas, chosen to leverage existing scientific activity and expertise. Learn about the Cancer Center's Research Programs.

Current areas of emphasis in cancer research

Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy

Cancer Cell Signaling, Growth, and Metastasis

Cancer Genetics

Cancer Biophysics: Molecular Imaging, Chemical Biology and Chemoprevention

Tumor Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Cancer Outcomes

Clinical Oncology Programs

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
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