New knowledge, new hope

The spark that cures cancer will come from a crucial combination of intelligence, research and discovery. As the only academic health center in Oregon, OHSU has always been a place where knowledge and excellence come together. Coupled with being the only place in the state designated by the National Cancer Institute, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is one of the nation’s top cancer centers, attracting a powerful concentration of the top minds in cancer research and medicine.

As a national leader in translational research, OHSU is well-known for its ability to turn discoveries into treatments. More than 500 OHSU scientists, healthcare professionals, and staff are making unprecedented advances in cancer research with over 1,000 research projects under way. Among healthcare providers in the region, we are responsible for the largest number of Phase 1 clinical cancer trials, and have more than 200 trials currently in progress. As mysteries are solved, our scientists work to transform these discoveries to new cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for patients in Oregon and beyond.

Changing the face of cancer

Today we are focusing on four areas of research: cancer biology, or how the disease works; blood cancers, such as leukemia; solid tumors, such as breast and prostate cancers; and cancer prevention and control.

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OHSU research studies, or clinical trials, have led to better treatments for:
  • Prostate, breast and colon cancers
  • Leukemia, lymphoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  • Cancer affecting other areas of the body
  • Research led by an OHSU team established colonoscopy as the best way to detect colon cancer early.
  • Dr. Brian Druker developed the world’s first drug to target the genetic defects of a particular cancer while leaving healthy cancer cells unharmed.  Widely considered the beginning of the end of cancer as we know it, Gleevec has helped save tens of thousands of people with chronic myeloid leukemia around the world.
  • In 2006, OHSU was one of 12 institutions to receive an award for Clinical and Translational Science from the U.S. National Institutes of Health for developing better cancer treatments.

How you can help

If you are a patient, you may want to join a research study that will help others with cancer. Family members and friends can often participate in many studies, which need people without cancer to compare results. Learn more about clinical trials
We also need public and private support to achieve our goals. If you want to help us develop better cancer treatments -- and make Oregon the last place someone is likely to die from cancer - we invite you to join us. Help us achieve our goal.