Beneficiary

Proceeds from Treads & Threads 2022 will enrich our nationally recognized cancer program which now provides one of the most advanced methods of radiation treatment available today – proton therapy. The new Proton Therapy Center will serve patients from throughout the region and beyond. Providing proton therapy further strengthens our ability to ensure patients receive comprehensive, world-class care close to home. The new Proton Therapy Center is 1 of 39 of such centers in the United States.

Why NCI designation is important:

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the region, and 1 of just 53 in the nation to receive this elite distinction. Comprehensive designation is the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI. It is the gold standard of excellence, awarded only to cancer centers with the deepest and broadest knowledge of cancer. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized for their scientific excellence, including their depth and breadth of research. They are the backbone of innovative research and care across the country, helping to pioneer today’s most groundbreaking advances in cancer treatment. Patients who receive treatment at an NCI-designated cancer center achieve 25% better outcomes than those treated at other cancer centers. We offer multiple locations across the metro and throughout the state, so our patients receive lifesaving care, including proton therapy, closer to home.

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