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July 24, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 15


University of Kansas Earns NCI Cancer Center Designation

The University of Kansas (KU) Cancer Center has been selected for designation as an NCI cancer center. The designation is given to centers that exhibit scientific excellence and the capability to integrate diverse approaches to cancer research.

Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavillion at The University of Kansas Clinical Research Center
Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavillion at The University of Kansas

The center offers a full range of cancer services, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship, for inpatients and outpatients. Through a partnership with Kansas City Cancer Center, patients have access to more than 10 locations with many specialists, technologies, treatment options, and clinical trials.

Clinicians and basic research investigators collaborate through disease-specific working groups to define clinical research priorities, with an emphasis on investigator-initiated trials. These groups focus on lung, gastrointestinal, genitorurinary, head and neck, breast, and brain cancers, as well as hematology/bone marrow transplantation. The center is also part of a network that offers cancer education resources to doctors, researchers, and cancer support professionals.

The National Cancer Advisory Board recommended The University of Kansas Cancer Center for the designation in June. Patients will have access to clinical trials that are available only to NCI-designated cancer centers, and the center will be able to apply for federal research grants only available to NCI-designated cancer centers.

“The National Cancer Institute has recognized our scientific excellence, and the designation validates what we already knew—that research conducted at the University of Kansas Cancer Center is already helping to eliminate the burden of cancer,” said Dr. Roy A. Jensen, director of the KU Cancer Center in a press release. “We are extremely proud of what this designation means.”

“Achieving this designation has been the university’s top research priority because of the benefits it will provide to patients and our region,” said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

NIH Seminar Will Address Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

Amy Berman, a registered nurse and senior program officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation, will present the next NIH Medicine: Mind the Gap Seminar, “Cancer Care: The Patient’s Role, Palliative Care, and Implications for Health Policy.” The seminar will take place August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon E.T. at the Natcher Conference Center, Rooms E1/E2, on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. A live and archived webcast of the seminar will be available online.

Berman will talk about the patient’s role in establishing the goals of care, the importance of palliation, and recommendations for health care policy. Participants will learn how a patient, in partnership with the health care team, can play a vital role in achieving better health, better care, and lower medical expenses.

Berman heads the Hartford Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants, focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. She is also responsible for a number of efforts to improve transitions of care, home health care delivery, and redesign primary care to better meet the needs of those with multiple chronic diseases.

More information about the Medicine: Mind the Gap Seminar Series is available online.

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms Available for Your Website

Organizations outside NCI can now feature the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms by adding a widget that allows users to look up terms directly from their websites. The dictionary contains more than 7,200 cancer and medicine-related terms. Written in easy-to-understand language, the definitions include links to pronunciation and biomedical images on NCI’s website.

Once the NCI Dictionary widget has been added to a site, it is automatically updated whenever NCI updates the application. To add the widget to a website, follow these instructions. A Spanish widget is also available for the Spanish version of the dictionary.

With nearly 340,000 page views per month, the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms is one of the most widely used resources on NCI’s website.