Florida Cancer Center Working to be One of the Top 20 in the U.S.

 $200 Million Investment in Innovation Has Created Some of the Most Advanced Cancer Centers Right Here in Florida

Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths in Florida. At the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, they are looking to change that. “We have the capability, academics and research that allows us to put together a program that we believe will be as good as any in the United States,” says Dr. Stephen Nimer.
“There should be three national cancer institute designated cancer centers in Florida,” explains Dr. Nimer, speaking of other states in the nation that have roughly one cancer center for every seven million residents. “Florida only has one. These funds are to help Shands Cancer Center and the Sylvester Cancer Center to become NCI-designated. The money is to be used to recruit come of the best cancer researches and physicians in the country, to improve our research capability and our ability to deliver state of the art care.”

The funds Dr. Nimer refers to are the nearly $200 million invested by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature toward cancer research, including Nautical Cancer Intitule (NCI) – designated cancer centers, which has created some of the most technologically advanced and research forward cancer centers in the nation, right here in Florida. Florida Chamber member Moffitt Cancer Center is currently the only NCI-designated cancer center in the state.

“We have the capability, academics and research that allows us to put together a program that we believe will be as good as any in the United States,” says Dr. Nimer. “At Sylvester, our goal is to be one of the top 20 cancer centers in the United States. And with the support of the governor, the Florida Legislature and the Florida Chamber, we are well on our way to achieving that mission.”

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Dr. Nimer is the Director of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He is an expert in treating leukemia and lymphoma and has dedicated his life to cancer research