Our Approach to Cancer Research

cancer researchers looking at brain scansAt the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, our cancer research programs reach across departments to connect researchers and clinicians who share common interests in cancer research and clinical care.

A scientific member and clinical member together lead each program. These experts are committed to making our cancer research a success by advancing our knowledge and patient care, with the goal of making cancer’s effects more manageable.

Cancer research at Henry Ford is known for strengths such as:

  • Patient treatment: Most of our research doesn’t stay in the lab. Instead, we apply it directly to patient care as soon as it’s appropriate. Our close professional relationships between doctors and scientific researchers make this collaboration possible.
  • Patient-centered outcomes: Our head and neck cancer team is piloting a program that engages patients and caregivers in a patient advisory council. This group has real input into how we treat head and neck cancer. Find out more about our patient-centered head and neck cancer research.
  • Patient data and specimens: We have an exceptionally strong collection of patient data and specimens. These data and biorepositories provide us with perspective on how best to improve cancer treatment. Learn more about our cancer research cores and shared resources.
  • Diverse patient population: Because we’re located in a large urban area, our patient population is quite heterogeneous. Specifically, we see many African-American patients -- a population that has been underrepresented in scientific research. Especially as we learn more about genes and biomarkers, we are positioned well to do important cancer research in African-American populations.
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