UNT Health Science Center and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Collaborate...

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UNT Health Science Center and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Collaborate on New Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Collaboration combines cutting-edge research with renowned clinics to care for
North Texas cancer patients close to home

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of North
Texas Health Science Center [http://hsc.unt.edu], and TheCenter for Cancer and
Blood Disorders [http://www.texascancercare.com/] announce their formation of
the Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders.  The new Institute's goal is to
eliminate cancer through excellence in research, prevention, patient care,
education and service to cancer patients and families in both urban and rural
Texas.

The new Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a unique
academic-community collaboration of more than 50 researchers and clinicians
that creates a truly integrated cancer center in North Texas.  Patients at The
Center's existing seven Metroplex locations will continue to receive
all-encompassing cancer care, including medical oncology, radiation oncology,
CyberKnife, hematology, social services, laboratory, radiology, a host of
integrative medicine options and clinical trials.  The Health Science Center
will supplement this cancer care with advanced laboratory research, nationally
recognized physician training and public health education.

The two organizations have a long history of working together to train medical
students.  The new institute will address the growing shortage of oncologists
by providing more community-based fellowships for oncology education and
offering additional oncology training for primary care physicians.  It also
offers a united organization for pursuing research funding.

"We have been doing laboratory research on cancer for decades, and The Center
has been doing clinical trials for more than 10 years," Dr. Scott Ransom,
Health Science Center president, said. "Now together our organizations can
translate bench research and take it to the bedside to directly help
patients."

"The Institute's mission is simple, really. We want to cure cancer by
combining the huge knowledge base and expertise of the Health Science Center
with the highly experienced cancer specialists, technology and comprehensive
services provided by The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders," Dr. Bill
Jordan said.  "With the expertise of Fort Worth's two medical leaders and our
combined research focus on cancer prevention and cure, we can make that
happen."

Institute Leaders
-- William Jordan, DO, Executive Director
-- Greg Friess, DO, Director for Cancer & Blood Disorders
-- Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD, Director for Cancer & Blood Disorders and Basic
Science Research
-- Ray Page, DO, PhD, Director of Clinical Research
-- Sanjay Awasthi, MD, Director of Cancer Prevention and Outreach

University of North Texas Health Science Center
The University of North Texas Health Science Center comprises the Texas
College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,
the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions. Key
research areas include aging and Alzheimer's disease, cancer and physical
medicine.  This year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was named a
top 50 medical school in primary care by U.S. News and World Report for the
sixth consecutive year.  "Fort Worth's Medical School and More" contributes
more than $500 million to Tarrant County and Texas economies annually.  For
more information, go to http://hsc.unt.edu

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders offers all-encompassing cancer care
at its headquarter location in Fort Worth, Texas, and through six satellite
clinics in  Weatherford, Burleson, Cleburne, Stephenville, Denton  and Mineral
Wells. This community-based cancer organization is owned and staffed by 16
physicians.  Comprehensive services include medical oncology, radiation
oncology, CyberKnife, hematology, social services, laboratory, radiology, and
a host of integrative medicine options including massage, yoga and
acupuncture.




SOURCE  University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dana Benton Russell of the University of North Texas Health Science Center,
+1-817-735-2446, drussell@hsc.unt.edu; or Rhenda Gray +1-817-249-7624
Rhendagray@sundanceassociates.com, for the Center for Cancer and Blood
Disorders
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