With deep roots in Wisconsin, search for cancer answers continues

By Tom Still, IB In Business

Near the start of a Jan. 23 presentation by the director of Wisconsin’s signature cancer research center, I asked those attending how many had family members who had been touched by the disease over time.

Nearly every hand in the room went up.

That speaks to the insidious nature of a disease that in some ways remains a mystery to researchers such as those who work at the UW–Madison’s Carbone Cancer Center. It also illustrates the need for continued progress in finding better approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and therapy surrounding one of mankind’s oldest scourges.

The Carbone Center, which is attached to the School of Medicine and Public Health, is one of the six original comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Established in 1973 after the passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971, the center grew out from what was already a rich tradition of cancer research in Wisconsin that continues to this day. Read more…