Cancer is known to be one of the deadliest diseases in the world today. Despite this fact, many people are unaware of how it starts. Cancer occurs when the cells in the body begin to develop abnormally. The abnormal cells then multiply quickly, spreading to the surrounding healthy cells. Abnormal cell growth is not limited to any part of the body. Cancer varies depending on the part of the body which the cell growth occurs. The most common types of cancer are breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, and leukemia, which is cancer of the blood.
As a result of the rapid development of this disease in people, research institutes have been established all over the world. These centers look into the different types of cancers, the causes, the possibility of getting rid of the cancerous cells, and the aftermaths of treatment, if any.
If you or your family member has cancer, there are various options available for treatment. However, this does not stop or guarantee the possibility of the symptoms not occurring again. The disease may resurrect later even after a lot of therapy. The sad truth is that despite the state-of-art facilities and modern technological equipment most of these institutes have, a permanent cure is yet to exist. In no particular order, here are some famous cancer research institutes in the world:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania- Abramson Cancer Center: The Abraham Cancer Center is in Philadelphia, United States. The research institute is famous because of its area of specialization and because it uses advanced technology in its research. The center has one of the biggest clinical trial series in the United States. Clinical trial series are studies that finds out whether a therapeutic approach or treatment is safe for humans. The studies also show which medical strategy works best for certain diseases or categories of people. If you are searching for an institute that carries out research in stem cell transplantation, proton therapy or hormone program, the Abramson Cancer Center should be your focus.
Worldwide Cancer Research: This cancer research institute is located in the heart of Scotland, United Kingdom. They are involved in funding cancer research projects all over the world. They are currently funding twenty-one projects, and they have 167 active projects. Among their aim is finding the causes of cancer. They also help those who have cancer live a healthy life. They organize fundraising events and donation activities. If you are looking for an institute that actively encourages the public to donate and raise money, Worldwide Cancer Research does that. You can click on the link to find out more.
Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: Have you heard of Ben Carson? He was the first doctor that separated conjoined twins. The famous surgery was carried out at the John Hopkins Hospital. The cancer center, which was named after him, is one of the most technologically advanced cancer institutes in the world. You can find the facility in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The institute is one of the forerunners of hereditary cancer research in the world. They have state-of-the-art technology which helps in doing better research. Their most-focused areas of specializations include stem cell transplants, DNA repair, immunology, and robot-assisted cancer surgeries.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network: The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the biggest institutes in the world. The facility has more than 120 beds, about 15 radiation rooms for treatment. And they employ over 2,500 staff members. Thousands of patients visit this facility every year because of the professionalism of doctors. And their researchers are recruited from the best colleges. Perhaps that is why they are the forerunners in cancer treatment. To mention one of their achievements, their clinicians recently developed a radio-guided seed localization for breast cancers. The area of focus of the facility includes cell signaling, bioinformatics and stem cell research.
Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: This cancer center is popularly known as “The Christie” and is located in Manchester, United Kingdom. The Christie treats more than 45,000 patients a year, making it one of Europe’s largest cancer centers. This cancer research institute has one of the best high technology equipment for radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The center focuses on research and makes sure patients who come to them have access to clinical trials at any time. They specialize in radiotherapy, clinical trials, integrated procedure units, and proton beam therapy. If you are in Europe, you might want to consider finding out more about this center.
Spanish National Cancer Research Center: Located in Madrid, Spanish National Cancer Research Center is best known for its focus on clinical trials. One of their research aims was to integrate basic and applied research. Basic research is a systematic study of the fundamental aspects of a concept while applied research is the application of the findings of the basic research. They achieved this objective in 2010 when the center established a unique clinical research program. The CNIO mainly carries out research in molecular oncology, human cancer genetics, DNA sequencing, cytogenetics and pediatric tumor treatment.
Netherlands Cancer Institute: The Netherlands Cancer Institute, located in Amsterdam, is popularly known as “The NKI.” The facility is about 103 years old. You wouldn’t know its age just by looking at the building. The research facility is one of the oldest cancer hospitals that operate high technology for treatments and research. For research purposes, it has a carcinogen laboratory, genomics core facility, and biostatistics center.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute: This center has its facility in Buffalo, New York, United States. The Institute carries out studies in molecular biology, cell stress biology, genetics, and much more. They have a Center for Personalized Medicine which make use of an exclusive OmniSeq program to ensure that all forms of research incorporate the custom-made genomic medicine. They also use the program for the care of patients.
The cancer research Institutes, which we have in the world, are not limited to the list mentioned above. Many research facilities exist. The activities of each of them vary. However, a common objective to all of them is finding a permanent cure for cancer. With the advancement of technology and new discoveries, one of these institutes might soon find a treatment. Let’s just be hopeful!
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