OHSU fights cancer


Oregon Health and Science University has outlined a three-prong plan to use a $100 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to fight cancer.

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Oregon Health and Science University has outlined a three-prong plan to use a $100 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight.

OHSU received the gift two years ago to support cancer care and research.

The three-prong plan includes a recruiting drive for researchers, the launch of a commercial DNA testing lab and the expansion of the university’s cancer tissue bank into a unique and potentially profitable resource for researchers and drug companies.

All told, it’s a $300 million, decade-long venture that OHSU officials hope will transform cancer care in the Northwest. The overarching vision is to use DNA testing to choose treatments that target an individual tumor’s weaknesses, rather than blasting them with toxic chemotherapy or radiation.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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