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.
Cancer plus heart disease:
A devastating one-two punch
New cancer therapies are working. Now, 27% more people are surviving cancer. Unfortunately cancer treatments often cause life-threatening
Experts from Providence Heart Institute and Providence Cancer Institute have teamed up to help cancer patients keep their hearts safe.
Join us to hear cardiologist Michael Layoun, M.D., introduce our new cardio-oncology program:
- Learn how this revolutionary program delivers lifesaving cancer care while protecting vulnerable hearts
- Hear how a matching grant will add resources to grow this program for more patients
Date: Thursday, March 10
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
The Jack Loacker Center for
The Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology is a collaborative program of Providence Cancer Institute and Providence Heart Institute. Its goal is to help patients undergo lifesaving cancer care while keeping their hearts safe.
Some types of radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be cardiotoxic. It is increasingly apparent that newer, targeted therapies may also injure the heart.
Led by Michael Layoun, M.D., the Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology will work to prevent and treat adverse cardiovascular effects of cancer therapies and advance research on how those adverse effects arise, who is most vulnerable to them and how they may be prevented or reduced.
A generous donor has seeded the program with a $1 million gift and will match up to $1 million of donations received by Oct. 1, 2022.
Donors propel cancer research and care at Providence forward.
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.