Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: KU Cancer Center earns NCI designation

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to report to you that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has officially been named a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. This achievement will have benefits for patients throughout the region, as well as for our university.

Patients will receive advanced care closer to home, meaning they can focus on beating cancer rather than traveling to receive treatment. They’ll have access to clinical trials only available at NCI-designated centers, and we’ll be able to expand benefits statewide through the members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance.

We are extremely proud of what this designation will mean to the people of Kansas and our region, who deserve this level of cancer care.

I want to thank Dr. Roy Jensen and his team at the cancer center for leading the drive for this lofty designation. This is the culmination of a tremendous communitywide effort involving the university, our health care partners, policymakers, and generous donors, as well as the advocacy of KU alumni and friends.

Only 67 cancer centers in the United States are NCI-designated, and The University of Kansas Cancer Center is now part of this elite group. This is a great day for our university and for our entire state and region.

Bernadette Gray-Little

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The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

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