Paul G. Allen Research Center at Swedish Cancer Institute

Paul G. Allen Research Center at Swedish Cancer Institute Paul G. Allen Research Center at Swedish Cancer Institute
 
Paul was 29 years young, having already shepherded Microsoft to global success, when he first heard the words lymphoma in a diagnosis based on his September 1982 biopsy – early-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma, to be exact. It was what he referred to as a wake-up call given at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent radiation treatment. Six weeks later, he put his first encounter with cancer in the rearview mirror. 
In 2009, Paul faced his next battle, this time with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While it’s typically a treatable disease, his had already reached stage IV and spread beyond his lymph nodes. Nevertheless, after six rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer was officially diagnosed as being in remission in April of the following year.

Paul’s second encounter with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma would be his last. On October 15, 2018, he died at the age of 65 from complications of the disease while being cared for at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Paul was one of more than 19,000 who succumbed to the disease that year. 
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.  
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