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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

ectious causes of cancer, new ways to prevent infection-associated cancers such as through the development of new vaccines, and new ways to treat such cancers with nontoxic drugs, thus avoiding the need for chemotherapy.

Studying cancer in regions such as Uganda, where the burden of infection-related malignancies is extreme, is optimal for developing rapid and meaningful cancer treatments and diagnostics, said Casper, an assistant member of the Hutchinson Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, one of the nation's largest infectious disease research groups.

The World Health Organization estimates that chronic infectious diseases cause more than 20 percent of all cancers in the world, including liver, cervical and gastric malignancies. Infection-related cancers are more frequent and often more severe in people infected with HIV. In resource-poor Uganda, the HIV epidemic is fueling a 20,000-fold upsurge in Kaposi's sarcoma in adults and Burkitt's lymphoma in children. Both are disfiguring cancers with abysmal survival rates due to lack of access to early diagnosis and treatment.

While the grant from USAID's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program will contribute significantly to the construction of a new outpatient cancer clinic and training facility, additional federal and private funding is being sought to complete the $1.4 million project and to construct an adjacent clinical and laboratory research building, said Banks Warden, executive director of the Hutchinson Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute.

"We will soon launch a campaign to see if other foundations and individuals are interested in supporting this effort. It is a wonderful opportunity for a foundation or individual to come forward with a major gift to support global health," Warden said.

Support for the project to date has come from several sources, from initial funding provided by the Hutchinson Center and the Doris Du
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