The Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer have collaborated by creating a research team dedicated to HPV-related cancers. To date, the FFF has donated over $1,500,000 with participation from the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation. The team is now at clinical trial at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. According to the CDC, high-risk human papilloma viruses are responsible for 90% of anal cancers (the cancer that took Farrah’s life) and cervical cancers, as well as many vaginal, vulvar, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers.
The Farrah Fawcett Foundation is committed to helping find a cure. A large part of our focus is to support the most effective and cutting-edge research possible. We are specifically interested in HPV-related cancers.
Some of our grantees include UCLA Medical, MD Anderson, St. Jude’s. Brown and Duke University. We are proud of funding the first ever Farrah Fawcett Symposium on Circulating Tumor Cells and Chemosensitivity Testing. Because Farrah failed conventional chemoradiation within three months of completing therapy, she became an advocate of chemosensitivity testing. She had a strong belief in this type of therapy and because of the difficulty getting a clear consensus on its true utility, this conference presented relevant data to establish a state of knowledge and to encourage improved literature and studies in this area. Doctors from all over the world presented information and shared strategies. This was one of the first such events of its kind.