Few things are more heart wrenching and scary than hearing that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer. This disease, in all of its horrific manifestations, looms over families, friends, and the patients who are fighting for their lives each and every day. Every year, billions of dollars go towards funding cancer research and treatment, in hopes of finding a way to combat this deadly disease.
One hospital that has been innovating cancer research is the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an institution that has been breaking ground for decades. Named for generous donors Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering has been applauded for its groundbreaking efforts to streamline cancer genomics research.
According to the Center for Molecular Oncology, “The goal of the CMO is to expedite cancer genomics research to guide cancer treatment. Ultimately our vision is to fully deliver on the promise of precision oncology and to create better treatment options for all people with cancer.” The CMO goes on to say, “Thanks to our powerful combination of clinical and scientific resources focused exclusively on cancer, Memorial Sloan Kettering is in a unique position to reach this ambitious goal.”
Earlier this month, the world renowned cancer center announced plans to build a new facility that will help continue to innovate cancer research and treatment programs. According to NJ.com, “The new outpatient facility will offer comprehensive ambulatory oncology services delivered by Memorial Sloan Kettering clinicians,” in a 285,000-square-foot facility that is set to be completed by 2016. Services are expected to include medical oncology, neuro-oncology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, surgical consultations, ambulatory surgery, clinical research trials, social work, nutrition, and other support programs, reports NJ.com.
While all of these medical services and support programs don’t negate the fact that cancer is a scary, horrible disease, the work being done at Sloan Memorial Kettering and other cancer centers across the country has proved vital for thousands of people. Learn more about the lifesaving programs being offered at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center by visiting www.mskcc.org.
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