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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

ke Charitable Foundation to satellite grants from the National Institutes of Health and, most recently, the USAID funding.

Securing this federal grant would not have been possible without broad support from the Washington congressional delegation, Warden said. "We are deeply indebted to our senators and representatives who got behind our efforts 100 percent," he said.

A letter of support signed by the congressional members stated: "Cancer is all too common in East Africa, with the number of new cases diagnosed annually approximating the number of deaths. With these infrastructure improvements, cancer treatment for Ugandans will dramatically improve. In addition, the collaboration ... will allow for important questions about the biology of infectious-disease related cancers to be answered. Solutions discovered will be applicable globally."

Research conducted to date through the Seattle/Uganda partnership already has determined that many of the infectious diseases that cause cancer in low-resource areas are treatable at minimal costs. For example, it is estimated that 85 percent of Burkitt's lymphoma (associated with human herpesvirus 4, also known as Epstein-Barr virus), the most common cancer in children from East Africa who are on average 5 years old when afflicted, can be cured for less than $600 a case. Similarly, 75 percent of Kaposi's sarcoma (associated with human herpesvirus 8, or HHV-8), the most common cancer in East African adults, can be treated for less than $720 a case.

The Uganda Cancer Institute, established in 1967 in collaboration with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, has been the site of many landmark accomplishments, such as discovering new cancers, including Burkitt's lymphoma, and developing novel treatment regimens. Over the years, however, the institute has fallen victim to neglect attributable to periods of tumultuous national politics. Its five cinderblock buildings bear scars of the nation's tr
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