Create a Future Without Cancer

What if there was a vaccine that could train your body to destroy cancer cells — or even prevent you from getting cancer in the first place?

With your help, this future is closer than ever.

The Cancer Vaccine Institute at UW Medicine is just a few years away from launching cancer vaccines with the potential to dramatically reduce, and even eliminate, suffering and death caused by cancer.

But we can only get there if caring people like you act now.

Yes! I want to help launch lifesaving cancer vaccines.

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How Your Support
Accelerates Cancer Vaccines

Although the Cancer Vaccine Institute receives federal funding, much of the work required to bring a vaccine to clinical trial isn’t eligible for government grants. Your visionary support allows us to:

Manufacture cancer vaccines for clinical trials.
Federal funds will not cover the cost of manufacturing vaccines, which means donor funding is needed to create the vaccines for every clinical trial.

Accelerate the pace of clinical trials.
Your generosity provides the needed support to complete clinical trials faster and more efficiently, getting us closer to FDA approval.

Advance the most promising ideas in cancer prevention.
Federal funding for research is difficult to come by and often only available for low-risk, incremental research. Philanthropy expands our lifesaving research.

The Cancer Vaccine Institute Story

Early in her career as a clinical oncologist and researcher, Dr. Nora Disis made an incredible discovery: Her patients with cancer were having an immune response to the cancer cells. The finding meant that it might be possible to train the immune system to eliminate cancer cells — just as we train the immune system to fight diseases like polio, smallpox and the flu with vaccines.  

While her findings were largely dismissed by the research community at the time, Dr. Disis didn’t give up. 

Instead, she established the Cancer Vaccine Institute at UW Medicine. Now, 20 years later, it is the largest academic group in the U.S. dedicated to the development of cancer vaccines. Currently, the CVI has more than ten cancer vaccines in development and four in phase two clinical trials. 

We now know that Dr. Disis was right — the immune system can indeed be trained to identify cancer cells as dangerous and destroy them. In fact, activating the immune system with vaccines is our best and only tool for completely eliminating cancer at the single-cell level.  

Cancer vaccines have the potential to dramatically reduce, and even eliminate, suffering and death caused by cancer, particularly for solid tumor cancers such as ovarian, prostate, breast, lung, colorectal, bladder and pancreatic cancers.  

And we are now at a tipping point in the research, with cancer vaccines likely to be approved for clinical use and available to the public in the next five years. But we can only achieve this ambitious goal with the help of donors like you. 

Anita's Cancer Vaccine Story

Anita Triolo

Anita with two of her children.

“In 2005, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. The prognosis wasn’t good.

Then I had the opportunity to be part of a phase 1 clinical trial for a breast cancer vaccine at the Cancer Vaccine Institute at UW Medicine.

That was 17 years ago, and I am still cancer-free today.

The vaccine has given me a lot of extra time with my family, and I am so grateful that I was able to participate in the trial.”

— Anita Triolo, clinical trial participant

Your generous gift will help bring cancer vaccines to more people like Anita.


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Join Us in Creating a Cancer-Free Future

Cancer vaccine research is advancing rapidly, and we are likely just five years away from having vaccines available to treat and prevent cancer. But we can only get there if caring people like you act now. Will you join us in launching cancer vaccines that can prevent cancer and save lives?