Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is marking its 15thanniversary.
“Over the past 15 years, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute has transformed cancer care in Delaware,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., Christiana Care CEO. The center is located south of Newark.
“With nearly 2 million patient visits since its opening, the Graham Cancer Center is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary cancer care and a top enroller in clinical trials. We are making tremendous progress in reducing cancer mortality in our state, and in improving the lives of the people we have the privilege of serving.”
Before the Graham Cancer Center opened in 2003, Delaware ranked first in cancer mortality in the U.S. Thanks to statewide efforts, including the critical decision to create the Graham Cancer Center, Delaware now ranks number 18.
Cancer rates are declining in part due to advances in technology and treatments, but also through collaborations on cancer screening and prevention with other Delaware hospitals, providers, state government and community outreach groups, a release stated.
The effort includes ensuring that all people in Delaware receive care for cancer no matter their income level or health insurance status.
“Through both statewide and national partnerships, we have improved early detection and cancer prevention in our state and brought some of the very latest and most promising cancer treatments to our patients without their having to leave Delaware,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. “By working together we have lightened the burden of cancer in our communities and offered those at risk the chance to live longer, better lives.”
The center saw more than 232,000 patient visits last year.