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UT Southwestern's cancer center earns National Cancer Institute designation
Date:8/4/2010

DALLAS Aug. 4, 2010 The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center has attained National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, an elite distinction held by only the top-tier cancer centers nationwide.

The Simmons Cancer Center is the first medical center in North Texas to attain this prestigious status, which the NCI bestows upon the nation's top cancer centers in recognition of innovative research and excellence in patient care. There are now 66 such centers in the US; other designated centers in Texas are in Houston and San Antonio.

"NCI cancer center designation is a national benchmark, and our selection provides welcome confirmation of the exceptional quality of cancer discovery and patient care at UT Southwestern," said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of the medical center. "It places the Simmons Cancer Center among the most elite centers in the country for advancing cancer research and providing cancer care."

As an NCI-designated center, the Simmons Cancer Center will receive a $7.5 million support grant over the next five years, which complements the $24.4 million in NCI grants that are currently active at UT Southwestern.

The National Cancer Institute is the world's largest organization solely dedicated to cancer research. It also is part of the National Institutes of Health, the primary federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting medical research. Through basic and clinical biomedical research and training, the NCI leads a national effort to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer. With designation by the NCI, the Simmons Cancer Center will now be able to provide cancer patients access to promising new cancer treatments only available through the network of these NCI centers.

The Simmons Cancer Center was established in 1988 through generous donations from Dallas philanthropist Harold C. Simmons and his family foundation. Mr. Simmons, his wife, Annette,
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Contact: Connie Piloto
connie.piloto@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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