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Olathe Cancer Center Joins The University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Cancer Center in Olathe

May 14, 2024

Kansas City, Kan. – Olathe Health Cancer Center is now a location of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center in Olathe will continue to provide the highest quality cancer care close to home, while expanding patients’ access to research clinical trials and the most advanced treatment options. The University of Kansas Cancer Center has 14 locations throughout Kansas and Missouri.

“We are excited to be able to build upon the excellent oncology care already provided at the Olathe Health Cancer Center by establishing The University of Kansas Cancer Center in Olathe, providing nationally recognized clinical and surgical expertise,” said Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, MD, FACS, vice president and physician in chief, The University of Kansas Cancer Center. “We welcome the highly skilled and dedicated oncology experts in Olathe, who are now part of a nationally recognized comprehensive cancer center at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. This is one more step to ensure even more people in our region experience superior cancer care close to home.”

Integration of the 2 cancer centers is part of the overall joining of The University of Kansas Health System with Olathe Health, which was formalized in January 2023. Initial steps to unite the cancer centers began in July 2023 when Jamie Wagner, DO, MBA, division chief of breast surgical oncology at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, began offering a breast clinic at Olathe Health Cancer Center.

This consolidation builds upon Olathe Health’s existing strong cancer program by bringing cancer care from The University of Kansas Cancer Center, 1 of fewer than 60 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. Comprehensive designation is the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI (the cancer arm of the National Institutes of Health). It is the gold standard of excellence, awarded only to cancer centers with the deepest and broadest knowledge of cancer.

“We are thrilled to become part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center,” said Kelly Rhodes-Stark, MD, radiation oncologist and chief medical officer at Olathe Health. “Cancer treatments are evolving at a rapid pace, and NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers drive the research and trials that improve cancer treatments and increase survival. Patients in our community will definitely benefit from this new relationship, and we look forward to saving more lives while offering the best evidence-based treatments for our patients.”

Comprehensive cancer centers are leaders in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Patients receive care from the world’s leading cancer experts who have access to a robust portfolio of clinical trials and can offer more treatment options before they are widely available. This designation means that people throughout our region, and now in Olathe, have greater access to innovative treatments, leading to higher survival rates.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center by the numbers

  • 350 researchers and clinicians, which is unmatched by any other cancer program in the region
  • 181+ disease-specific oncologists
  • 25% greater chance of survival for patients treated at NCI-designated centers
  • 370+ clinical trials managed at a time, with active enrollment in 180+
  • 44,114 people enrolled in clinical trials since 2010
  • $2.3 billion contributed to the regional economy due to our research
The University of Kansas Cancer Center in Olathe Interior page

About The University of Kansas Health System

The University of Kansas Health System is part of the region’s premier academic health system and includes The University of Kansas Physicians, the region’s largest multispecialty physician group. The health system is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions and their leading-edge research projects. In addition to the Kansas City metro, the health system includes hospitals and clinics in Great Bend, Olathe, Paola, Topeka and elsewhere. Services range from routine primary care to multispecialty care for complex conditions. The health system provides the region’s only nationally verified burn center and Level I Trauma Center, as well as a leading transplant program in liver, pancreas, kidney, heart, and blood and marrow. The cancer program is part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, 1 of fewer than 60 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The health system has received Magnet nursing designation four times in a row for the highest level of care. It has ranked every year since 2007 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals lists. The health system receives no state or local appropriations, instead relying on operating revenue, bonding authority and philanthropy. For more information, visit KansasHealthSystem.com.

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