About US

About Us

Who we are:

Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (“CTRF”), a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Schaumburg, IL, is dedicated to curing cancer through funding patient-centered clinical studies that deliver innovative treatment options to cancer patients.

What we do:

CTRF provides cancer research funding for conventional, integrative and complementary phase I and phase II cancer research trials of some of the most cutting-edge researchers from around the world.

What makes us different?

  • CTRF focuses on cancer research which can have an impact on cancer patients today – not 5 or 10 years down the road – allowing for immediate results for individuals fighting the disease.

  • CTRF ONLY provides funding for cancer research (not outreach, education, etc.) which assures a focused, immediate impact on patients.

  • CTRF funded research encompasses the most innovative applications of conventional therapies (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery) and the best in science-based complementary medicine (nutrition, biofeedback, psychoneuro-immunology, spiritual, etc).

  • CTRF funded research only supports clinically based studies that have passed the test tube stage, are ready to make a significant impact on cancer patients, and do not include use of laboratory animals.

  • Thanks to the generous underwriting of daily operational expenses, CTRF is a charity where 99 cents of every dollar donated to CTRF directly goes to fund cancer research. This ratio is unparalleled in any not-for-profit setting.

To read the latest on CTRF-funded studies and other Foundation news, download our semi-annual newsletter Visions.

Since 1991, CTRF has funded or is funding 67 grants totaling over $15 million dollars. Click here for a complete listing of cancer research grants.

Special Fund:

The Walter Payton Cancer Fund is a special fund within CTRF. The fund was created after Connie Payton was devastated by the loss of her husband, legendary football player Walter Payton. The Fund is dedicated to research that highlights the role of nutrition in cancer treatment and prevention. For more information, visit www.payton34.org.