The Kansas Masonic Foundation has given $159,213 to support cancer research at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., KU officials announced today.
Since 1974, the Masonic Foundation has provided more than $1.2 million to the KU Medical Center with annual gifts to the KU Endowment Association.
The most recent gift will help continue a program on "Markers Predictive of Breast Cancer in High Risk Women." Researchers hope the program will predict which women with a family history of breast cancer or personal history of pre-cancerous breast disease will develop breast cancer in 10 years of testing.
Dr. Carol Fabian, medical director of KU Cancer Center's outpatient operation who leads the early-risk breast cancer programs, said about 300 women are participating in the program.
The gift also will help KUMC's goal of becoming designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
An essential characteristic of such centers is their ability to accelerate the utilization of research findings in the care of cancer patients, KU said in a statement.
The KU Cancer Center outpatient area temporarily operates in remodeled space near the lobby of KU's hospital, where the center provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week services.
The Masons of Kansas' goal is to provide the most advanced care possible for Kansans.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation was established in 1966.