"Outstanding" UW Carbone Earns Five-Year Renewal From National Cancer Institute
For the past 45 years, the UW Carbone Cancer Center has been a National Cancer Institute - (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (back in those days, when the center was one of the first six to earn the designation, it was simply called the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center). The NCI rigorously reviews centers every five years.
The results from UW Carbone’s most recent review are in, and the center will retain NCI-designated status for another five years. Currently, UW Carbone is the only such cancer center in Wisconsin.
“We strongly believe in the value of what we do and the value of what we bring to our patients, to our communities and to Wisconsin,” said UW Carbone Director Howard Bailey, MD. “It’s always helpful to have very established leaders from other well-known cancer centers come in and review us and give their unbiased view of what we are accomplishing.”
NCI is the world’s largest funder of cancer research, and as a NCI-designated center, UW Carbone receives both financial support and access to NCI’s national research databases and collaborations. Scientists working at designated centers conduct cutting-edge cancer research in state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, NCI supports training programs for cancer researchers at all stages of their careers.
In addition to the renewal, the other big achievement was the overall score.
“We were unanimously voted as ‘Outstanding,’” Bailey said. “NCI does not provide rankings of cancer centers’ scores, but based on my years as a reviewer in the past, only a few centers receive that score or better.”
For the review, UW Carbone is given evaluations for dozens of aspects of the Center, including how impactful the research is, how many patients are benefitting through clinical trials and how much external funding is secured.
“In nearly every metric that measures the value of a cancer center, we are getting stronger,” Bailey said. “And many of our research and care programs received the highest possible rating.”
Bailey is understandably thrilled that this group of national cancer experts view the Carbone Cancer Center as a Center with a rich history of cancer research and care that is only getting better. But he acknowledges that there is still room to improve.
There are 69 NCI-designated cancer centers across the country, recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research. Forty nine of these centers are Comprehensive Cancer Centers, which demonstrate an added depth and breadth of research, as well as substantial transdisciplinary research.
The renewal provides UW Carbone with over $27 million in funding over five years to further enhance cancer care, education and research throughout our State and beyond.
Date Published: 02/08/2018