KU Cancer Center

Dan Margolies / KCUR

Emily Dumler, a Shawnee, Kansas, resident who was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, successfully underwent immunotherapy more than two years ago.

Dumler was among the first people in the world to receive the treatment, which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer. But she had to travel to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, to receive it.

Today, the 36-year-old mother of three is cancer-free. And now, local patients with the same cancer diagnosis won't have to travel as far as Dumler did for treatment.

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The director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center says it will continue to pursue “comprehensive” status after the National Cancer Institute denied it that coveted designation this week.

Dr. Roy Jensen says it typically takes 10 to 15 years to attain comprehensive status. The KU Cancer Center only received NCI designation in 2012, so the denial was not entirely unexpected.

Jensen, who has led the cancer center since 2004, says it’s not giving up, though.

“We’re just going to be absolutely fearless in moving forward with this initiative," he says.

Kansas Lawmakers Hear Testimony Over Tobacco Tax

Feb 1, 2017
Andy Marso / Kansas News Service

Kansas legislators have heard testimony on Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to help close a budget hole by raising tobacco taxes. But they haven’t scheduled a vote and, as Andy Marso reports, there’s plenty of opposition.

Public health advocates pushing for Kansas to increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products are running into the same opposing arguments they did two years ago.

Mike Sherry / Heartland Health Monitor

The University of Kansas Cancer Center today submitted its application to the National Cancer Institute to become a “comprehensive” cancer center.

If the cancer center does receive the highly coveted designation, it would become just the 48th institution in the country to do so, joining the likes of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Scientists and doctors at such centers do basic laboratory research and clinical trials, as well as study the patterns, causes and control of cancer in populations.

KU Cancer Center Recognizes Wagle

Feb 7, 2013

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle was recognized at the Statehouse Thursday for her support of cancer research.