Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives Renewal

January 19, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University will receive an additional five years of funding as a National Cancer Institute- designated comprehensive cancer center. It is one of only 39 cancer centers in the United States to hold this distinction.

“Since we were awarded our first designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1974, our Comprehensive Cancer Center has received continuous funding in the face of increased competition and decreased funding,” said Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H., director of the center. It has held the comprehensive status since 1991.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is a national leader in cancer care and research. NCI designation is given only to centers that meet strict criteria for cancer research, collaboration and availability of advanced technologies. For patients, it is an assurance of excellent care and comprehensive treatment options, including access to the latest clinical trials.

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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. It is licensed to operate 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.


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