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Kansas Governor issues proclamation to honor The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s earning highest designation from the National Cancer Institute

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed September “Comprehensive Cancer Centers Awareness Month” in recognition of The University of Kansas Cancer Center becoming designated as a “Comprehensive” cancer center by the National Cancer...
1-Sep-2022 9:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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KU Cancer Center researchers discover that people with blood-related cancers have a higher chance of COVID breakthrough infections

Individuals with blood-related cancers are more likely to experience a COVID-19 infection even after being vaccinated, a University of Kansas Cancer Center study has found.
12-Aug-2022 9:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The University of Kansas Cancer Center earns National Cancer Institute’s most prestigious status —Comprehensive

The University of Kansas Cancer Center has been designated as a “Comprehensive” cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This is the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI and is the gold standard for cancer centers.
7-Jul-2022 10:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Varenicline Increases Smoking Cessation Rates for African American Smokers

Researchers at The University of Kansas Cancer Center have released the results of a clinical trial that examined the effectiveness of varenicline in African Americans. In their study published in JAMA, African American daily smokers who were given...
14-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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COVID-19 Vaccine Effective in People Receiving Cancer Treatment, Study Finds

About 95% of participants achieved a measurable immune response after vaccination, according to study published in JAMA Oncology.
11-May-2022 12:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Targeting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

A three-year $1.2 million Breakthrough Award grant from the Department of Defense will help researchers identify tailored treatments for people with triple-negative breast cancer. Priyanka Sharma, MD, breast medical oncologist, and Shane Stecklein,...
28-Feb-2022 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

KU Clinical Research Center celebrates decade of investigational science

Ten years ago, on Jan. 23, 2012, the brand-new University of Kansas Clinical Research Center opened its doors.
26-Jan-2022 11:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Receiving CAR-T therapy sooner improves lymphoma survival, according to study published in New England Journal of Medicine

Axicabtagene ciloleucel, known by the brand name Yescarta, is significantly more effective than the current standard of care in treating people with large B-cell lymphoma who relapse after the first line of treatment.
17-Dec-2021 4:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Triple-negative breast cancer expert Dr. Priyanka Sharma discusses latest research and clinical trial efforts.
18-Jul-2018 1:35 PM EDT

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Getting Survivorship Care Planning Off the Page and Into Practice

Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH, director of cancer survivorship and an associate professor at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is interviewed by Oncology Nursing News. In this interview, Klemp offers insights on some of the critical issues that...
31-Oct-2016 9:30 AM EDT

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Rewriting the Book on Chemo-Resistant Cancers with a DNA Library

KU Cancer Center researcher is finding out why ovarian cancer is resistant to certain types of chemo to eventually identify a different drug target.
30-Jun-2015 5:05 PM EDT

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The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a world-class, community-based, NCI-designated cancer research and care partnership spanning two states and involving collaboration among researchers, physicians and cancer support professionals. Together, we are working toward a world without cancer. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is transforming cancer research and clinical care by linking our innovative approach to drug discovery, delivery and development to our nationally accredited patient care program. Our partnership includes cancer research and health care professionals associated with the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, The University of Kansas in Lawrence, the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, The Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance. Our research programs include Cancer Biology, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Control and Population Health, and Drug Discovery, Delivery and Experimental Therapeutics. Shared resources include Biospecimen, Biostatistics and Informatics, Clinical Research Office and Lead Development and Optimization.

Disease-specific working groups, including both clinicians and basic research investigators, promote collaborative opportunities and the exchange of research ideas. The disease working groups define clinical research priorities respective to their disease specialty with an emphasis on Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs). The cancer center’s current disease working groups include lung, hematology/bone marrow transplant, gastrointestinal, genitor-urinary, head and neck, breast and brain.

Breaking new ground in cancer research requires state-of-the-art facilities. A 82,400-square-foot University of Kansas Clinical Research Center, which opened in January 2012, houses the Phase I clinical trials program. A recently remodeled, 170,000-square-foot Wahl/Hixon research complex, known as The Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, will house 37 cancer-focused researchers. Building a world-class cancer center that is at the forefront of discovery, development and implementation is just the beginning. The legacy of The University of Kansas Cancer Center endures when discoveries made here benefit cancer patients everywhere.



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