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NCI awards $11.5 million to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead breast cancer consortium
Date:11/11/2010

SEATTLE The National Cancer Institute has awarded $11.5 million to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead a five-year, Seattle-based breast cancer research consortium. The goal of the endeavor is to positively impact breast cancer prevention, detection, treatment and care of women who have or are at risk for the disease.

Known as the Seattle Cancer Consortium Breast SPORE (Specialized Program in Research Excellence), the initiative will involve 25 investigators at the Hutchinson Center and the University of Washington as well as project consultants from a variety of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Co-principal investigators Peggy L. Porter, M.D., and Martin (Mac) Cheever, M.D., members of the Hutchinson Center's divisions of Human Biology and Clinical Research, respectively, will lead the consortium.

"The collaborations that were formed between basic, clinical and translational scientists as part of the Hutchinson Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium were key to the success of the breast cancer SPORE funding," said Porter, also a professor of pathology at the UW School of Medicine.

Developing targeted breast cancer treatments is the unifying mission behind the consortium's four scientific projects. Cancers are highly individual from a genetic and molecular perspective and they respond best to therapies aimed at specific mechanisms of cancer development. Because targeted therapies interfere with specific molecules involved in tumor growth, they often have less severe side effects than standard chemotherapy and radiation, which treat the cancer but damage healthy tissue.

"Our mission is to provide unique breast cancer treatment options that are developed from the science at the Hutchinson Center and the UW," said Cheever, who is also a professor of medicine and associate director of medical oncology at UW. He is an expert in cancer immunotherapy who is working to move cutting-edge science out of the la
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Contact: Kristen Woodward
kwoodwar@fhcrc.org
206-667-5095
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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