Our Mission

NCRF is a non-profit, research organization dedicated to promoting high quality, state-of-the-art cancer treatment, symptom management, cancer control, prevention, quality of life and biology studies in the western United States.

NCRF supports community health care providers through National Clinical Trials Network group participation and educational opportunities. We also provide information and access to clinical trials with new treatment options, symptom management strategies and medications, cancer detection and cancer prevention that is supported by the National Cancer Institute.

The Foundation is committed to advancing the knowledge of cancer and improving the health of our community by the knowledge that is gained from individual participation in clinical trials.

two child cancer patients play in hospital bed
nurse interacts with smiling child cancer patient


The Nevada Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF) is funded primarily by a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) grant.

This grant resulted from the merger of the NCI’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) and the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). The Foundation was a CCOP grant recipient from 1983 until the grant program ended in 2014. The Foundation is one of 46 current recipients of the NCORP grant.

Additional funding is provided by donations from individuals and private companies and organizations who want to advance cancer treatment.


Consortium affiliates of the Foundation include hospitals, clinics and physician groups in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Washington state. The Foundation’s membership is comprised of more than 80 physicians specializing in hematology, oncology, radiation oncology and surgery who serve adult and pediatric patients.

Awards & Recognition

Denise Dunning Award | 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award to Karen Sartell | 2018
NCORP Physician Platinum Accrual Award to Kinsey Pillsbury | 2018
NCORP Site Platinum Accrual Award | 2018
NCORP Site Platinum Accrual Award | 2019
TMIST Site Silver Accrual Award | 2019
NCORP Physician Platinum Accrual Award to Kinsey Pillsbury | 2019
Harry Hines Award to Dr. John Ellerton | 2021