What if the body’s immune system could identify and destroy cancer cells?
When Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D., joined Providence Portland Medical Center as director of the cancer program 25 years ago, only a few people were asking that simple "what if" question.
That didn’t stop him or his team of pioneers. Today the cancer research team at Providence has proven the immune system can fight cancer. Immunotherapy works, and we are saving more lives today than ever before.
70 percent of all our research funds come from donors. Donors are the catalyst. Without you, we can’t push the limits of research. With your help, we can finish cancer for good.
Recently, Providence Cancer Institute's top team of researchers were featured guests on KGW’s Straight Talk, an in-depth news show hosted by anchor Laural Porter that examines important community issues.
Read the recap article on KGW, or watch the video below.
Providence researchers and topics featured on the show include:
- Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D. – Overview of COVID-19, Providence research both in Oregon and at the Providence system level, what lies ahead
- Bernie Fox, Ph.D. – Update on research related to a COVID-19 vaccine, both internationally and at Providence
- Rom Leidner, M.D. – Update on Providence Oregon’s work to develop a vaccine
- Brian Piening, Ph.D. – Explanation about what the field of genomics tells us about COVID-19
- Tobias Pusch, M.D. – Update on Providence’s role in the Remdesivir clinical trial, what’s next for Remdesivir
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How you can help
Give: Make a gift to Providence in support of cancer research.
Get involved: Take a tour, meet our research team in person or attend a gathering. Due to COVID-19, in-person tours, visits and gatherings are on hold. Please check back later for updated options.
Introduce: Share information about our work with others, host Cancer Center tours or plan gatherings for your friends.
Remember: Remember Providence in your will or estate plan to ensure the future of cancer research, treatment and care.