Seattle Translational Tumor Research (STTR) effort bridges faculty across Fred Hutch and UW Medicine. All physicians who see patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance are faculty with appointments at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and/or UW Medicine.
STTR efforts, coupled with a large National Institutes of Health (NIH) designated Cancer Consortium Grant and in combination with formal agreements across institutional leadership, makes us one team. The STTR helps monitor and prioritize research goals in each area, and provides staffing to help organize and fulfill objectives for faculty. With federal budget cuts it is very difficult to obtain government funding to pay for breakthrough cancer treatments. We rely on donations, no matter the size, to help accomplish cutting edge research, with the ultimate goal of increasing survival of our patients and the eradication of their disease.
With each research project our teams of scientists and doctors are getting closer to finding ways to prevent cancer, minimize side-effects from treatment and curing cancer. However, research is an expensive process. Funding from sources like the NIH is highly-competitive and available only to investigators which can demonstrate a high likelihood of success. Thanks to support from our donors, STTR is able to provide grants to our members for the proof-of-concept research they need in order to apply for larger and more long-term funding.
Community members and well-wishers everywhere play a critical role in supporting our research teams in their pursuit of a cure for cancer. There are many ways to help, including joining our social media campaigns, donating money to fund cutting-edge research, and volunteering in research studies. Click on the links below to learn more about each of these great ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors.