By joining forces to defeat this most devastating of diseases, Cincinnati Children’s, the UC College of Medicine, and UC Health will ensure that no patient feels the need to leave the area to seek specialized cancer treatment. Advanced clinical care, effective treatment protocols, and the most sophisticated clinical trials will take place in the Tri-State area.
Because of the Cincinnati Cancer Center, children and adults will receive better care and research will move more quickly from the “bench to the bedside” and from discovery to cure. The initiative will encourage idea sharing and bring interdisciplinary teams of scientists and clinicians together to discuss individual patient cases. The continuum of care will be stronger as these teams follow survivors of childhood cancer through the course of their lives and address recurrences or associated health issues more effectively. More funding for clinical research trials will result in revolutionary new treatments for all kinds of cancer.
Although each institution will continue to manage its individual cancer programs, the Cincinnati Cancer Center will make possible something none of the three can achieve on its own: National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This important designation carries specific requirements as well as high standards for comprehensive research, patient care, and community outreach.
In return, the Tri-State area will benefit economically, members of the Center will receive additional National Institutes of Health research funds, and internationally known clinicians and scientists will be attracted to the area. It is estimated for every $1 million in community expansion completed by comparable comprehensive cancer centers, $7 million is returned to the community through economic and employment generation.