MCW Cancer Center

The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is devoted to translating research into patient care. The MCW Cancer Center is an integrated partnership of cancer research scientists, physicians and clinical trial investigators and staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Zablocki VA Medical Center, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. The Cancer Center, as part of MCW, is the only Academic cancer center in Southeastern Wisconsin. Learn More >>

MCWCC's Cancer Moonshot 

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MCW physician scientist discovers new cause of serious post-transplant complications in cancer patients

Studies in the laboratory of Dr. William Drobyski, a physician scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center, have uncovered a novel mechanism that causes GVHD within the GI tract.  This work, published in the August 8 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, reports the discovery of a novel immune cell population that induces inflammation in the colon.  

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only effective therapy for many patients with blood cancers like leukemia. Unfortunately, many transplant patients who are cured of their cancer develop graft versus host disease (GVHD) which is an inflammatory syndrome and the major complication of these transplantations.  Damage to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, in particular, is the primary cause of serious illness and death in patients with GVHD.  Patients with GVHD experience malnutrition, infectious complications and, not infrequently, prolonged hospitalizations.  

Dr. Drobyski is currently the Scientific Director of the BMT program at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is co-director of the Hematologic Malignancy and Immunotherapy program at the MCW Cancer Center. 

Cancer Clinical Trials Portal

This portal is directly linked to our Clinical Trials Management System and therefore, uses live real-time data, providing patients and referring physicians with the most up-to-date information on over 130 cancer clinical trials available throughout the Froedtert & the Medical College Cancer Network, MCW and our affiliates. This patient-friendly portal allows users to browse trials by disease type, conduct keyword searches, or conduct advanced searches by disease type or study location. There is also a specific area highlighting early-phase trials.

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