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  The Art of Discovery,
The Science of Hope


Cancer starts in the realm of the microscope. Usually just a single abnormal cell. Then there are two, and four, and eight, and sixteen…until the place in the body—virtually anyplace in the body— where the cancer began has been filled with cancer cells, becoming a launching pad for new attacks. Some of these cancer cells begin invading neighboring organs and tissues, and a new cycle of destruction begins.

And cancer is not just one disease, it is an army. There are more than 100 different types of malignant tumors, caused by a many-faceted group of diseases. In Oregon, this year alone, over 15,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer. Almost 7,000 people will die from cancer. By the year 2000, one of every five patients in OHSU Hospital will be cancer patients. You are probably close to someone who has faced the disease. Perhaps you have faced it yourself.

Today, in our state and our region, no one faces cancer alone. The Oregon Cancer Center at Oregon Health Sciences University is a major force in landmark basic cancer research, clinical research into new methods of diagnosis and treatment, and innovative strategies for cancer prevention and control. The Oregon Cancer Center is the state’s only cancer center rigorously reviewed and designated by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It is, in fact, the only NCI-designated cancer center between Seattle and Los Angeles.

The Center is an exceptional resource, a tremendous combination of commitment, creativity, talent and technology in the battle against cancer. In just a few years, it has made terrific (and nationally recognized) steps forward—even so, to continue on that path, to realize the Center’s goals and the Center’s promise, we need your help.
   
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