Living up to a vision

Cancer patient

Each year, 35,000 Georgians
are diagnosed with cancer.

Georgia cancer patients will have greater access to new clinical trials and technologies now that Emory Winship Cancer Institute has become the state’s first National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center.

The new designation marks a turning point for Winship and the 35,000 Georgians who are diagnosed with cancer each year. As one of the nation’s 65 NCI cancer centers, Winship will receive an influx of top-tier research funding from federal and private sources. During the next three years, the institute will receive nearly $4.3 million to grow its scientific research base. As part of their mandate, NCI-designated cancer centers extend the benefits of research directly to patients, their families, and the general public.

Winship’s new designation also will boost the state’s economy by attracting medical firms, research companies, and physicians as collaborators.

The late Robert Woodruff would be proud of how far Emory has come in cancer care and research. Established in 1937 with a gift from the legendary Coca-Cola CEO, Winship has made good on Woodruff’s vision that no one should have to leave Georgia to receive excellent cancer care. And just recently, U.S. News & World Report recognized Winship as one of the nation’s top 50 cancer centers.

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Emory Medicine - Spring 2009