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Sylvester Cancer Center Wants NCI Designation

March 11th, 2010 by flanews

Florida has the second highest number of cancer patients in the nation, but only one National Cancer Institute. That research institute is in Tampa. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami has a good shot at becoming the state’s second NCI-Designated Cancer Center, but it needs more money from the state. Representative Anitere Flores is trying to find state dollars for the cause.

“This is something that would not only benefit patients in South Florida, but quiet frankly would benefit patients through out the state of Florida,” said Flores.

If the center receives the NCI-designation it would receive more federal grants for research, but getting money from the state to help secure the title at a time when lawmakers are cutting billions from the budget will be a challenge.

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