University of Hawaii Cancer Center

University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Founded: 1992




Research focus: 

Cancer biology, cancer epidemiology, prevention and control, clinical and translational research, experimental therapeutics derived from natural products (such as species of coral thought to have cancer-fighting properties), targeting-signal transduction, cell proliferation and survival pathways, computer-aided drug design and screening, and small-molecule inhibitors.


Clinic at-a-glance:

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center that enjoys thriving clinical partnerships with Queen’s Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kuakini Medical Center and University of Hawaii-Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (together they form the UH Cancer Consortium). Care and support services available at the center are good. However, research is where this facility truly shines. The institution’s researchers were the first to uncover a novel mechanism that may lead to more selective ways to stop cancer cells from spreading. They also found the existence of genetic susceptibility to mesothelioma and are following high-risk individuals with biomarkers to see whether mesothelioma can be identified earlier.