Treads and Threads

Helping The University of Kansas Cancer Center better serve patients across the continuum of care

Treads & Threads is an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose. It helps provide more options – and more hope – to patients battling cancer. The lives of countless cancer patients throughout the region have been touched by this annual gala – and by the community support behind it.

In fact, since 2002, Treads & Threads sponsors, patrons and guests have contributed more than $8.5 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

2016 Proceeds Support Surgical Oncology and Expanded Cancer Services

The University of Kansas Hospital is frequently at full capacity, with overall growth expected to increase 32% in the next three years. To meet the needs of the most critically ill patients in our region, we’re building Cambridge North Tower.

This 124-bed inpatient facility will house surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and ear, nose and throat services. Funds from this event will support the oncology program at Cambridge North Tower. The hospital is scheduled to open in late 2017.

Funds raised will also help support the Breast Cancer Prevention Center by improving the ability to identify and monitor those at high risk for developing the disease.

Past Treads & Threads Proceeds have:

  • Supported surgical oncology at the future Cambridge North Tower and added lung cancer nursing staff.
  • Enhanced access to genetic counseling, which is often crucial to determine the best clinical treatment options for patients.
  • Created new palliative care suites serving patients and their families with terminal or advanced-stage cancer.
  • Supported personalized care for cancer patients, including cell therapy, education, symptom management and survivorship programs.
  • Expanded the lung cancer program, adding low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients and a dedicated nurse navigator to assist with screenings and related care.
  • Educated thousands of cancer patients and families through the Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center and an inpatient resource center.
  • Saved lives through new technologies to detect breast and prostate cancer.
  • Renovated and enhanced patient waiting areas in radiation oncology.
  • Provided inpatient palliative care suites to provide special comfort and resources to patients in the last stages of life and their loved ones.
  • Established Missys’ Boutique, an accredited cancer appearance center offering wigs, breast prostheses and more.
  • Piloted outpatient palliative care services to help those with long-term illnesses enjoy the best possible quality of life.
  • Supported clinical trials to provide more access to the latest potential treatment options.

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