Winship receives a top designation from the National Cancer Institute. Credit: Ann Borden

Winship Cancer Institute receives top designation

The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has received a high-tier comprehensive cancer center designation from the   National Cancer Institute.

The designation places Winship in the top one percent of cancer centers in the United States.

Winship  was cited for its research program, hundreds of clinical trials and science. Members have received $110 million in external peer-reviewed funding in 440 grants in support of their work. 

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Roughly 15,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients are seen annually by Winship physicians.

Former President Jimmy Carter received care at Winship and has discussed the treatment he received there.

Carter, 91, made the announcement near the beginning of the Sunday School class he was teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, a close friend and fellow church member said.

There are 48 NCI comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.

This new designation recognizes Winship’s work on a broader scale, meaning the research in its labs, clinics and population sciences is being used to tackle specific cancer challenges in Georgia.

It is expected that more than 50,000 Georgians will be diagnosed with cancer this year and about a third of them will get some level of care at various Winship locations.

Cancer is the No. 2 killer of U.S. residents behind heart disease.

Winship earned its first NCI cancer center designation in 2009, and the grant was renewed in 2012.

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