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UA Cancer Center to Celebrate 40 years and Prestigious Designation with Festivities in Tucson on Sept. 28 and in Phoenix on Sept. 30

Monday, September 26, 2016

EVENT:  UA Cancer Center to Celebrate 40 years and Prestigious Designation with Festivities in Tucson on Sept. 28 and in Phoenix on Sept. 30

The University of Arizona Cancer Center celebrates its 40th anniversary and the renewal of its prestigious designation from the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

DATE/TIME (Tucson):  WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 4–6 P.M.

LOCATION (Tucson):  UA Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

DATE/TIME (Phoenix):  FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2–4 P.M.

LOCATION (Phoenix):      University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center,  625 N. Sixth St., Phoenix

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Cancer Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the renewal of its prestigious designation by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center with events planned in Tucson on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and in Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 30, for invited members from the community.

Recognized for its multidisciplinary cancer research and research-driven clinical care, the UA Cancer Center’s status as a Comprehensive Cancer Center recently was renewed by the National Cancer Institute and awarded a five-year, $17.6 million Cancer Center Support Grant, based on the strength, depth and breadth of basic laboratory, clinical, prevention, control and population-based research.

  • The Tucson celebration will feature an awards ceremony with speakers including UA President Ann Weaver Hart, PhD; UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD; and UA Cancer Center Director Andrew S. Kraft, MD; as well as several members from the Tucson community.
  • The Phoenix celebration will feature remarks by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, and executives from the UA and Dignity Health.

The UA Cancer Center is one of only 45 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation — and the only one with headquarters in Arizona. The renewed designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center gives patients throughout Arizona and the Southwest access to the most comprehensive, research-driven cancer care and treatments.

About the University of Arizona Cancer Center

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona. The UA Cancer Center is supported by NCI Cancer Center Support Grant number P30CA023074. With locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the UA Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state, with more than 300 physicians and scientists working together to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to uacc.arizona.edu

About the UA Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu
Contact: Cody Cassidy, 520-247-4352

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