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NCCN Announces Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Joins Member Institutions


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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently announced that Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined the not-for-profit alliance of leading cancer centers as the 32nd member institution. NCCN was founded by 13 original Member Institutions in 1995 and has grown steadily over the years. The 32 member institutions serve people with cancer (or those at risk for cancer) from diverse regions and demographics, always staying at the forefront for research and patient care.

Robert W. Carlson, MD

Robert W. Carlson, MD

“The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is the perfect addition to our growing network—and our only member institution in the state of Indiana,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “The center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement works with partner organizations around the state to improve the health of all, especially in underrepresented populations. They also have international reach, including work in western Kenya with an -underserved population of more than 18 million people, that has been called a model for addressing global cancer disparities and health equity by the National Cancer Institute [NCI].”

IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is Indiana’s sole NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and is home to the world’s only healthy breast tissue bank serving as a resource to investigators around the world. The center has been involved in ground-breaking work in finding a cure for testicular cancer and pioneering cord blood transplantation.

Kelvin Lee, MD

Kelvin Lee, MD

“We look forward to sharing our expertise with NCCN and collaborating with many of the nation’s leading cancer centers, which will ultimately benefit patients,” said Kelvin Lee, MD, Director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. 


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