Joining the Top Tier of Cancer Centers: 2015
A new, 4,000-plus-square-foot cyclotron facility begins operations at Simmons Cancer Center, expanding scientists’ ability to use positron emission tomography to see events inside the body as they occur, and to discern details of cancer and other diseases that may aid in the selection of more effective, individualized therapies.
Simmons Cancer Center’s bone marrow transplant program, deemed a National Center of Excellence by major national insurance carriers, performs the 1,000th transplant in its 16-year history. Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern’s primary teaching institution, opens its new 862-bed hospital, nearly doubling the size of its previous facility.
A $4.8 million Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas award to Moncrief Cancer Institute, the largest prevention grant the agency has awarded, funds the Colorectal Screening and Patient Navigation program. The program provides free colon cancer screening and assistance with follow-up care for patients in Tarrant and 20 surrounding rural counties.
UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center–Fort Worth, encompassing more than 22,500 square feet in Moncrief Cancer Institute, is dedicated, offering the latest in clinical care and access to clinical trials to residents of Tarrant and 10 other counties.
Moncrief Cancer Institute and the Simmons Cancer Center rolled out a $1.1 million, custom designed Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic to deliver follow-up care and screening services in Tarrant and eight rural counties, focusing on underserved, uninsured cancer survivors.
UT Southwestern earns recognition as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals by U.S. News and World Report magazine, earning high marks in areas including patient volume and survival, advanced technologies, nursing intensity, and accreditation for bone marrow and tissue transplantation.
Simmons Cancer Center is designated a “Comprehensive Cancer Center,” the highest ranking awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The designation recognizes exceptional depth and breadth in cancer research, as well as innovative teamwork among scientists to better understand cancer and improve patient and community care.