For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
Announces Plans to Construct $100 Million Cancer Center in Newark
The University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) will build a $100 million cancer
research and treatment center on its Newark campus, it was announced
today (July 26) by UMDNJ President Dr. Stuart D. Cook at a ground
breaking ceremony for the new building.
The new center, which
will be affiliated with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ),
and will be called the New Jersey Medical School-University Hospital
Cancer Center. Its focus is primarily on reducing cancer incidence,
mortality and morbidity in minority and underserved populations.
The new enterprise will occupy a seven-story 200,000 thousand square
foot facility located at Bergen Street and South Orange Avenue.
Dr. Cook said, "This
new project is another major step forward in the University's goal
of developing CINJ as our first statewide center of excellence.
Newark presents a distinctive opportunity for expansion of CINJ's
research and clinical care related to minority populations. We expect
that our Institute for the Elimination of Health Care Disparities
will be a valuable component in this new initiative."
The Dean and Betty Gallo
Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ also will be integrated into the
Newark cancer center to enhance its efforts in prostate cancer screening
and research programs.
Dr. William N. Hait,
director of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, said, "New Jersey
Medical School has been an academic affiliate of CINJ since 1995,
participating in cooperative group clinical trials and on-going
professional training of physicians and nurses. The new center will
increase the opportunities for collaboration with both the medical
school and University Hospital, and together, I believe we can have
a significant impact on reducing cancer incidence, mortality and
morbidity in underserved populations."
Fifty-two percent of
New Jersey's entire African-American population and 50 percent of
its entire Hispanic population live in the four-county area served
by the new cancer center. Although there is little difference in
the incidence rates of cancer between African American and Caucasian
women, African American women die at a rate 17 percent greater than
Caucasian women. African American men die at a rate 40 percent greater
than Caucasian men. Currently at University Hospital, more than
30 percent of cancers are diagnosed in an advanced stage, twice
the rate seen at other teaching hospitals in New Jersey.
The seven-story building
will contain three floors dedicated to clinical care including chemotherapy
infusion and radiation oncology.
care will be provided at newly renovated space at UMDNJ-University
Hospital. The current level of cancer-related clinical activity
occurring at the hospital is substantial, with 30,000 out-patient
cancer visits expected by the end of the year.
The center will also
contain four floors for basic and translational research and UMDNJ-New
Jersey Medical School will recruit as many as 14 new faculty with
expertise in cancer research.