Arizona Congressional delegation called for the renewal of the center’s National Cancer Institute Support Grant
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema led the Arizona Congressional delegation on a letter in support of the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center, asking the National Cancer Institute to renew its Cancer Center Support Grant, which helps the center conduct lifesaving cancer research and treatment for patients across the state of Arizona.
“The UArizona Cancer Center has established itself as a leader in cancer care in southern Arizona and provides a great service to the communities that we represent across the state…As members of Congress representing Arizona and strong supporters of the National Institutes of Health, we are eager for our constituents to continue to access top cancer care, innovative prevention programs, and contribute their diversity to clinical trials,” wrote the Arizona Congressional delegation.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) network of cancer centers, and is the only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in and serving the entire state of Arizona. This year, the UArizona Cancer Center’s NCI designation is up for renewal and the Arizona Congressional Delegation wrote the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health to underscore the importance of the Cancer Center to Arizona.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center has three established scientific research programs that work together to accomplish the center’s mission to prevent and cure cancer, including Cancer Biology, Cancer Prevention and Control, and Clinical and Translational Oncology. The center is a leader in research on women’s cancers, men’s cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, head and neck cancers, lymphoma, and skin cancers.
Sinema was joined on the letter by Senator Mark Kelly, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06), Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), and Congressman Greg Stanton (AZ-09).