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Focusing on Cancer for 40 Years

The Wistar Institute was named a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in 1972, one of the first research institutes to achieve this distinction. For the past 40 years, The Wistar Institute has been one of only seven NCI-designated Cancer Centers devoted solely to basic research. In honor of this 40th anniversary, we're celebrating!

From October 8 through November 15, we're sharing Wistar facts. Check 40 Days of Wistar daily for new information about Wistar science then and now, our illustrious history, and cool videos and pictures.

Of the approximate 1,500 cancer centers in the United States, fewer than 70 have earned the honor of an NCI designation. NCI-designated Cancer Centers are known for their scientific excellence and their ability to employ a range of research approaches to investigate and fight cancer.

This 40th Anniversary of the NCI Cancer Center designation is a milepost in the journey between an era of near-ignorance and the time when each cancer case can be understood and treated in terms of the individual biology of that patient’s tumors.

When Congress passed the National Cancer Act in 1971, truly little was known at the time about the underlying biology of cancer.  Since then, institutions like Wistar have sought to fill in the gaps of our knowledge while providing new avenues of investigation toward better detection and treatment of the disease.

Follow along with us as we celebrate 40 Days of Wistar!