About Us

About the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.

One billion dollars raised in Knight Cancer Challenge


The $1 billion fundraising challenge by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny has been met.  OHSU announced June 25, 2015 that it reached the fundraising goal that triggered the Knights’ gift pledge, which set a new philanthropic record. OHSU beat the Knights’ deadline by seven months and garnered support from donors in every state in the nation and five countries. Donors were inspired by plans for the first grand-scale program of its kind dedicated to radically transforming early detection of lethal cancers ― one of the biggest unmet needs in cancer care today.

With $1 billion in new funding, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute began fast-track recruitment of 250 to 300 scientists and physician investigators, including about 25 of the world’s top researchers, and broke ground on the Knight Cancer Research Building. Learn more about our progress and how you can help

A team approach to cancer

A Team Approach to Cancer

Cancer takes many forms. Although cancer diagnoses and cancer treatments may vary, one thing remains constant: our commitment to the health and well-being of our patients. Experts at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute work together to develop your treatment plan - personalized medicine that means drugs are customized for your cancer and DNA, advanced radiation treatment that protects healthy cells, and nurse navigators who guide you through cancer treatments.

Our experts conduct cancer research in all areas of cancer care, from advances in breast cancer and lung cancer to new treatments for leukemia and prostate and colorectal cancer. Our doctors focus their efforts, and treat patients, in a single area of cancer. No other place in Oregon offers such a range of expertise and specialization for cancer treatment.

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NCI designated cancer center

National Cancer Institute Designated

With the latest cancer treatments, technologies and clinical trials, including personalized medicine, we are the only cancer center in Oregon designated by the National Cancer Institute – an honor earned only by the nation’s top cancer centers.

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