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Hutchinson Center to Build First U.S. Cancer Clinic and Training Facility in Africa Thanks, in Part, to a Grant From USAID
Date:10/26/2009

SEATTLE, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the strengths of two institutions separated by nearly 9,000 miles over two continents - both renowned in their work in the fight against cancer - the United States Agency for International Development has awarded a $500,000 grant to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to aid in the construction of the first American cancer clinic and medical-training facility in Africa.

"This is the first true collaboration between an African and a U.S. institution to attempt to reduce cancer-related suffering through collaborative medical care and training," said Hutchinson Center physician-scientist Corey Casper, M.D., M.P.H., scientific co-director of the Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases, a research effort begun in 2004 between the Hutchinson Center and the Uganda Cancer Institute, the country's sole cancer clinic. The institute is located at Makerere University Medical School on the campus of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the nation's capital.

The main goals of the collaboration, co-led by Jackson Orem, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, are to:

  • better understand the link between infectious disease and cancer;
  • improve access and delivery of clinical care to patients with infection-related cancers in the U.S. and Uganda; and
  • train the next generation of American and Ugandan physicians and scientists to combat infection-associated cancers at home and abroad.

"Up to one-quarter of the world's cancers are attributable to chronic infections," Casper explained. "Better understanding the link between infectious disease and cancer provides a unique opportunity to reduce cancer-related suffering and death in both resource-rich and resource-poor regions."

Casper and colleagues hope that this joint effort between the Hutchinson Center and the Uganda Cancer Institute will benefit the world by identifying new inf
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