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KU Cancer Center Submits Application For 'Comprehensive' Status

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Mike Sherry
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Heartland Health Monitor
The University of Kansas Cancer Center stretches across a variety of locations, with its headquarters at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center today submitted its application to the National Cancer Institute to become a “comprehensive” cancer center.

If the cancer center does receive the highly coveted designation, it would become just the 48th institution in the country to do so, joining the likes of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Scientists and doctors at such centers do basic laboratory research and clinical trials, as well as study the patterns, causes and control of cancer in populations.

If it is designated a “comprehensive” center, it would likely mean more federal grants, an enhanced ability to attract top-flight researchers and improvements in patient care.

Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health news at KCUR, the public radio station in Kansas City. Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance underwriter and project development director for a video production firm.