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Queen's Cancer Center joins National Cancer Institute program - Pacific Business News

Queen's Cancer Center, part of Hawaii’s largest acute-care hospital, is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute to join its national network of community cancer centers.

The cancer center, which is part of Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, is one of just 30 community cancer centers nationwide recognized by the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program for offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care.

It is the only hospital-based cancer center in Hawaii included in the program.

The program is designed to create research opportunities across the cancer care continuum, from screening and treatment to follow-up care, with a focus on minority and underserved populations. It also is meant to provide better access to patients who have to travel far, or in Hawaii’s case, out of state, for state-of-the art cancer care.

The National Cancer Institute received $40 million in stimulus funds to expand the program — nearly doubling its number of community hospital-based sites from 16 to 30 in 22 states.

“NCI’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer for all,” Queen’s President and CEO Art Ushijima said in a prepared statement.. “The NCI estimates that 85 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed and treated within community hospitals, close to a patient’s home. We are indeed quite proud that the NCI has selected Queen’s to participate in the NCICCCP, which extends the NCI cancer program into local communities, like ours, giving patients easier access to the state-of-the-art cancer care and clinical trial opportunities.”

The 47,000-square-foot Queen’s Cancer Center underwent a $6 million renovation and reopened in 2007.

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