A Letter From the Co-Directors: University of Cincinnati Cancer Center
The University of Cincinnati, UC Health, and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital are excited to announce the formation of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center (UCCC). Our vision is to build a nationally recognized center that excels in cancer care, research, training and community impact. As the region's only academic health center, we are positioned to utilize the strengths of our university, as well as, the resources our community provides. In the past our research and clinical programs resided under the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI). These activities will now be unified and enhanced in one entity as the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center (UCCC). The result will provide better collaboration among researchers and clinicians and allow patients to receive "bench to bedside" state of the art treatment options.
The name change also reaffirms our commitment to seek designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI designation represents the collective cancer research excellence of an institution. It also recognizes an institution's efforts to align the clinical care and research missions for the community they serve. We have made many positive steps toward this goal in recent years and remain confident that we can and will achieve this; however, there is much work to be done. Obtaining this prestigious endorsement from the NCI and cancer research leaders and scientists from peer institutions is something our community deserves. Our goal is to make UCCC a place that fosters scientific discovery, recruits the most talented researchers and clinicians, and becomes a national destination for cancer care.
We want to thank you very much for your interest in our program. Our overwhelming priority is to do all that we can to minimize the suffering and mortality associated with cancer in the Greater Cincinnati region. This includes providing the very best possible care for the patients that we have the privilege of seeing, training personnel who work throughout the region and being at the forefront of advances and new discoveries in the field. As the region's academic medical center, we have subspecialized physicians and very well organized multidisciplinary working groups that focus on each cancer type. Every patient is treated as a unique individual and specific treatment algorithms are formulated for them. Patients' situations, scans and slides are reviewed in tumor boards with tremendous expertise in the room including the particular surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic oncologists and pathologists who focus on each particular cancer type. Great care begins with a great plan and we want patients to have an excellent plan of care from the start. Our mission is to raise the level of care throughout the region in any way that we can. No one wants the diagnosis of cancer but if you have to face this adversary, we want Cincinnati to be the very best place to be.
Syed A. Ahmad, MD & William L. Barrett, MD
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