Research Programs & Membership


Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center researchers are dedicated to improving our understanding of cancer.  They work to develop new lifesaving approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. With a focus on our southeastern Wisconsin community, our basic, translational, clinical and population based research efforts lead to innovative treatments and preventive measures that benefit patients here and everywhere. Cancer Center members and research projects focus around three specific program areas, chosen to leverage existing scientific activity and expertise. These programs are: 

 1) Cancer Biology, 2) Hematological Malignancy & Transplantation and 3) Cancer Control and Outcomes.

Our team of talented cancer researchers works always with the patient in mind.  Basic scientists partner with clinicians to move new drugs and other interventions through the pipeline toward clinical trials. As a result, the MCW Cancer Center offers more early phase, phase II and III adult and pediatric trials than any other institution in the state or region. 

Our scientists and physicians are the recipients of approximately $30 million annually in peer-reviewed cancer-related research funding from the National Institutes of Health with other funding from national cancer organizations and private funding agencies. They have contributed to breakthroughs in functional magnetic resonance imaging, photodynamic therapy, low-dose radio-therapy, use of radio-protective agents, improved melanoma detection in sentinel lymph nodes, T cell-depleted bone marrow transplantation from unrelated donors, and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. MCW is home to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, an NCI-funded database with records on more than 200,000 procedures done at 500 medical centers in 50 countries.

Our members' work will preserve and extend the lives of moms and dads, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters in the years to come.  Their efforts today will have a direct impact on individual patients and our entire community by providing earlier detection of cancer, more access to cancer clinical trials and earlier availability of new treatments and options that give cancer survivors better quality of life.  

 Learn about the Cancer Center's Research Programs.

Current areas of emphasis in cancer research

Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy

Cancer Cell Signaling, Growth, and Metastasis

Cancer Genetics

Cancer Biophysics: Molecular Imaging, Chemical Biology and Chemoprevention

Tumor Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Cancer Outcomes

Clinical Oncology Programs

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
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