Re: The Christ Messenger part 17 (28th Nov 2010)
Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
Part of the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, the University of Minnesota Cancer Center was established in 1991 to bring together the university's cancer-related research, education, patient care and community outreach efforts. More than 300 individuals from a variety of disciplines are members of the Cancer Center.
The Masonic Cancer Research Building opened in 1996 and provides Cancer Center researchers a state-of-the-art environment for multidisciplinary research. The $20.4 million building was funded through private donations, including a $5million donation from the Masonic Cancer Center Fund.
The University of Minnesota has been a leader, nationally and internationally, in cancer research and patient care for decades. The Cancer Center is especially strong in the areas of leukemia, childhood cancers, bone tumors, women's cancers, head and neck cancers and cancer prevention. Noteworthy achievements by faculty include:
The first successful bone marrow transplant for immune deficiency and lymphoma
and a pioneer in the use of umbilical cord blood for transplants.
Major contributions to increasing the survival rate for children's cancers from 10
percent in 1959 to 70 percent today.
Pioneering the establishment of medical oncology as a formal discipline.
Discovering the cancer-preventing qualities of many foods, including cabbage and
Being among the first to note the health hazards of cigarette smoking and the
addictiveness of nicotine.