Research & Education, John Wayne Cancer Institute

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation funded the establishment of the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) in Santa Monica, CA and continues to provide annual funding that supports JWCI’s world class cancer research.

This April, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation announced a $500,000, 3-year gift to the JWCI Surgical Oncology Fellowship Training Program.

John Wayne Alumni Fellows Lead Research Programs Across the Nation

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  • The Surgical Oncology Fellowship program trains the surgeons of tomorrow in the latest techniques and technologies for treating and researching cancer. Our fellows graduate and go on to leadership roles at NIH, cancer centers and academic institutions worldwide. This prestigious training program is one of only 17 accredited surgical oncology training programs of its type in the U.S.
  • Funding also supports one of the largest melanoma specimen repositories in the world that is available for collaborative studies with external researchers worldwide.
  • The Sentinel Node Biopsy technique, which is the worldwide standard of care for melanoma and breast cancer was developed by John Wayne, revolutionizing treatment options by offering a minimally invasive technique to determine the spread of tumor cells.

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