Cancer Center


The University of Kansas Cancer Center seeks to accelerate cancer prevention, discovery, and care to save and improve more lives.

The number of cancer cases in the United States is expected to increase by as much as 45 percent by 2030. Over our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. An aging baby boomer population, tobacco use, and obesity are the main factors fueling this increase.

The KU Cancer Center is poised to meet this challenge head-on. Through collaboration and the exchange of research ideas, our center leads the region in discoveries to prevent, treat, and cure cancer.

We are inspired every day by our community members who believe in the work happening here. Through the support of private donations, we remain the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the region. NCI-designated cancer center patient survival rates are 25 percent higher, and with funding from NCI, we develop and transfer discoveries more quickly into cancer treatment options, giving our community access to top-quality care and life-saving clinical trials.

With your support, we continue to set our sights even higher. We are elevating cancer research, accelerating drug discovery, and sharing our findings through outreach and education. Please consider a gift to one of these areas.

One of our top priorities is to create new therapeutic approaches to treat our patients, whether it is through developing entirely new drugs, finding new uses for old drugs, or reprogramming a patient’s immune cells to attack his or her cancer. By supporting the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation at KU Medical Center, you help us discover and develop pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tools with a clear path to market. 


At KU Cancer Center, we are dedicated to sharing our expertise in cancer prevention and treatment to decrease the incidence and burden of cancer throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. We created the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), a membership-based outreach network, to provide access to our cancer research, care, and support professionals close to home. Your gift helps us advance access to clinical trials, education, and cancer screenings. 


Through interdisciplinary research, we study cancer from every angle, starting at the molecular level. This enables us to understand why cancer affects people differently and to treat patients with drugs matched precisely to their individual genetic makeup. Today, we ask you to give to our Crawl for Cancer Research Endowment, which supports head and neck cancer research, helping to translate laboratory discoveries into practical applications for our patients.

Crawl for Cancer Challenge
Crawl for Cancer is offering $6,500 for head and neck cancer research if we receive 65 gifts for the KU Cancer Center. Help us meet this extremely generous challenge!
65 / 65 Gifts
Chancellors Challenge
Thanks to current KU Chancellor Douglas Girod and former chancellors Bernadette Gray-Little, Del Shankel, Gene Budig and Archie Dykes, an additional $10,000 has been unlocked for student scholarships!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Twitter Hashtag Challenge
Twitter challenge unlocked! Thanks to your help spreading #OneDayOneKU, $5,000 has been donated to KU scholarships.
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