KU Cancer Center achieves highest designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center


Earlier today in Kansas City, The University of Kansas Cancer Center received some wonderful news: we have achieved designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this designation for our community, which you can read about in more detail in our news release.

Almost 20 years ago, our entire community joined together and decided that NCI designation was our top priority as a region. We would never have been able to reach the point we’re at today without strong partnerships among countless organizations and individuals – including donors, state and local government officials, civic leaders, and KU staff and faculty, including KU Cancer Center Director Dr. Roy Jensen.

Achieving designation as one of 53 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation means that cancer patients throughout our region won’t have to travel far to receive access to clinical trials and treatments, and our researchers will have increased access to federal funding and research dollars.

Today is a great day for KU, but even as we celebrate today’s accolades and accomplishments, I know Dr. Jensen and all the dedicated people at the KU Cancer Center remain focused on our ultimate goal: eliminating cancer for good.


Douglas A. Girod