Washington University School of Medicine researchers Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD and Jeremiah J. Morrissey, PhD, have developed a noninvasive method to screen for kidney cancer by measuring the presence of proteins in the urine. If kidney cancer is diagnosed early — before it spreads — 80 percent of patients survive.
Among the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 68 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.