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KU Cancer Center Receives National Cancer Institute Designation


Location: Washington, DC

The University of Kansas Cancer Center today received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ensuring the most leading edge and advanced research in finding a cure for cancer will take place in Kansas City, continuing an already remarkable record of achievement by the University in the fields of cancer research. The KU Cancer Center officially receives the formal designation today at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

"We've all been touched by cancer in one way or another and together we must go forward to build on this tremendous achievement, to provide the best comprehensive cancer care right here in Kansas and to ultimately win the battle against cancer forever," stated Congressman Kevin Yoder. "Today's announcement is just a beginning in this long journey, and for this Jayhawk, I'm happy to be part of the team and I'm excited to join my colleagues to lend my voice and support in the halls of Congress. Congratulations and Rock Chalk."

Currently, there are only 26 NCI-designated cancer centers, and 40 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. Additionally, eight of the seventeen NCI cancer drug therapies advancing to clinical trials have been formulated at KU. NCI designation affirms the highest quality of cancer research is conducted at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and that research directly leads to improved cancer care and life saving treatments.

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