No one knew better than he did that this pervasive disease requires individualized assessment and treatment, which are too often constrained by accessibility to care and financial resources. Throughout his life – and through his own lived experience – Paul knew that science, data, and technology were key to saving and improving lives. Upon his death, and true to this belief, Paul made a $20 million personal bequest to the Swedish Cancer Institute. His gift, which was announced in November of 2021, established the Paul G. Allen Research Center at the Swedish Cancer Institute. The Research Center is dedicated to improving the experience of every cancer patient by developing leading advances in cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. It’s also committed to providing an optimal environment for conducting clinical trials and translational research.
While cancer-related death rates have actually declined over the past few decades, the ability to analyze clinical data, advance new research, and apply new treatment methods is imperative in the continued fight against the disease. This new research center Paul enabled builds on Swedish Cancer Institute’s tradition of patient-centered treatment and his own legacy of filling critical data gaps, supporting science, and pushing boundaries to find new ways of tackling issues. This largest-ever donation to Swedish will further transform the field of oncology by integrating advances in biomedical and computer sciences with clinical care.