The University of Hawaii Cancer Center has received a $3.58 million gift from an anonymous donor to support mesothelioma research. It is the second-largest gift that the research institute has ever received, the center said.
The mesothelioma research is being conducted by Michele Carbone, director of the UH Cancer Center, along with Haining Yang and Giovanni Gaudino.
Mesothelioma is a disease that causes malignant cancer cells to form within the lining of the chest, abdomen or around the heart. Its primary cause is believed to be exposure to asbestos.
The UH Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of Hawaii Manoa and is one of 65 centers across the nation that are designated by the National Cancer Institute. The center is currently building a research facility in Kakaako, which is scheduled to open in 2013.