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The University of Kansas Cancer Center and U.S. Oncology-Affiliated Kansas City Cancer Center to Merge Operations to Promote Patient Care and Research
Date:3/8/2011

from remarkable clinical outcomes.

"We knew from the beginning of our association in blood and marrow transplants that both organizations shared the same focus on patient-centered care," said Mark Myron, M.D., president of Kansas City Cancer Center.  "This collaborating organization will be able to provide seamless care in a variety of locations, and will be a major step forward for cancer research both locally and nationally."

"This new combined organization will enable a comprehensive, state-of-the-art approach to cancer care throughout our region that will be designed, coordinated and implemented by some of our nation's finest cancer physicians and nurses.  Whether it is an initial encounter with a community-based oncologist, referral for a specialized surgical procedure, or evaluation for enrollment in the latest Phase I clinical research trial, The University of Kansas Cancer Center is committed to offering world-class care to cancer patients throughout our region and to developing the next generation of cancer therapies," said Roy Jensen, M.D., director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

"This is the kind of collaboration across state lines and across organizations that is needed to realize the potential of Kansas City as a national center for biomedical research. We are just as excited about the immediate benefits as the long-term impact of this partnership," said Barbara Atkinson, MD, executive vice chancellor, University of Kansas Medical Center and executive dean, University of Kansas School of Medicine.

The parties agree to move forward to closing, no further public comment will be made until the transaction is closed.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is transforming cancer research and clinical care by linking an innovative approach to drug discovery, delivery and development to a nationally accredited patient care program.  The partnership includes cancer research and healthcare p
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