The National Cancer Institute awards $12.5 million grant

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GREEN BAY - The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded a $12.5 million cancer grant to three health care faculties, including one in Green Bay.

$12.5 million will be given to the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), the Gundersen Medical Foundation and St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Green Bay to expand their clinical cancer research over the next five years.

The grant is part of NCI's newly-formed National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). It also announced 52 other grants that will support cancer research in many parts of the U.S.

The three health care facilities have a long history of successful clinical cancer research. MCRF has about 150 active clinical cancer research trials at any given time; Gundersen enrolls about 188 patients each year in cancer trials and has approximately 100 open trials. St. Vincent has about 120 open trials and enrolls about 200 patients each year.