Winship earns re-designation as National Cancer Institute cancer center

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Advances in lung cancer research, a world-class multiple myeloma program, the Southeast's largest head and neck cancer research effort, and a broad portfolio of cancer clinical trials are among the many reasons that Winship successfully renewed its National Cancer Institute(NCI) cancer center designation status.

Officials at Winship recently received formal notification from the NCI of its decision and also learned that nearly $8 million in funding from the NCI over the next five years has been allocated to support this designation.

"On behalf of all of Winship's faculty and staff, we are grateful to the NCI for its continued support, and we appreciate that the reviewers recognized the outstanding nature of our research," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., Winship's executive director.

A panel of 23 NCI-appointed cancer research experts reviewed Winship's application for this renewal and scored Winship at the "outstanding" level. Only 57 other centers nationwide that provide care to adult cancer patients hold this NCI cancer center designation, and Winship is the first and only NCI-designated cancer center in Georgia.

Curran stresses that this designation is at once an emblem of trust and a responsibility that Winship takes seriously.

"The designation is not about bragging rights," Curran says.  "It's about a standard of research and care that patients have learned to trust."

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