What if we could kill cancer cells without
damaging healthy cells? …find a way to make cancer chemotherapy
treatments more effective while reducing their side effects? …find the
natural plant or synthetic chemical product that could stop cancerous
tumors from growing and eliminate them entirely?
Through our continuing efforts at our two research laboratories,
one in Michigan and the other in Florida, we are working to turn "what
ifs" into reality.
The Walker Cancer Research Institute, Inc., headquartered in
Maryland, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization that is
supported by public donations, gifts and bequests. Our mission is to
find more effective treatments for cancer. Our Anticancer Drug Synthesis
Laboratory is located in the state of Michigan, while our Natural
Products Laboratory is strategically located in the state of Florida, a
region known for its diversity of semitropical flora and its educational
and research activities.
Scientists in our labs in Michigan and Florida are working
vigorously to find these treatments. We also provide educational
information to the public concerning early detection of cancer symptoms
and treatment options. WCRI’s public information program includes
regular informational letters to the public giving succinct information
about the health risks and early warning signs of cancer.
Our researchers have conducted several expeditions to the tropical
rainforests of South America and other parts of the globe searching for
new plant specimens with chemotherapeutic potential. Many of the most
effective anticancer drugs on the market today have been derived from
natural product sources. Due to the tragic dwindling of the world’s
rainforests, many potential "wonder drugs" may never be discovered, so
this area of our research is even more pressing than most.
It is the intention of the Walker Cancer Research Institute to
explore new and innovative approaches to the treatment of cancer through
developing experimental chemotherapeutic agents for the eradication of
cancer as a health hazard.