Parker Hughes Cancer Center

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First Cancer Center to focus on drug discovery and cancer prevetion opens

May 17, 2000, Saint Paul, Minn. The opening of the Parker Hughes Cancer Center marks the completion of a five-year project, which has brought together specialized scientists, doctors, and nurses who are determined to discover the most successful and least toxic treatments tailored for each patient's best possible outcome. This is the world's first cancer center to focus on drug discovery and cancer prevention.

The grand opening of the Cancer Center will be celebrated on May 18, 2000. This opening will feature a sepcial appearance by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen. Jansen will present his own touching story about his Olympic triumphs and personal tragedy of losing his sister to leukemia.

The mission of Parker Hughes Cancer Center is to eradicate cancer through outstanding integrated programs in patient care, research, and education. Parker Hughes Cancer Center is the world's only cancer center specializing in the development of new and effective anti-cancer drugs. The main emphasis area of research is the identification and isolation of powerful anti-cancer drugs using natural sources such as the marine sponge.

The opening of the Parker Hughes Cancer Center marks a new era in the treatment of cancer. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Cancer Center will be able to treat all forms of cancer. Because of its advanced technology, the Cancer Center can tailor available standard as well as experimental anti-cancer drugs to each patient's needs thereby minimizing side-effects and maximizing effectiveness.

The Cancer Center is made up of three components that bring together clinical and basic sciences. These components include patient care, basic research, and translational research. Patient Care offers the newest in effective, state-of-the-art cancer treatments. Treatments are tailored to each patient's individual needs and sensitivities. All of which makes for some of the most comprehensive care and some of the most successful results possible. Basic Research integrates a diversity of research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer. The primary goal of research is to identify the mechanisms responsible for the development of diseases. Once identified, a team approach is applied to design new and effective drugs that will help people suffering from cancer. Translational Research takes basic research discoveries and "translates" them into safe and effective treatments for patients suffering from cancer. The Parker Hughes Cancer Center facilities include 300,000 square and more than 300 scientists, doctors and nurses who work in the Cancer Center. Research at the Parker Hughes Cancer Center is funded by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The establishment of the Parker Hughes Cancer was made possible in part because of a large endowment from Mr. B. Wayne Hughes, founder of Public Storage, Inc. and is named after his son, Parker Hughes, who died of leukemia at a young age.