Letters to the Editor

NCI schedule

July 26, 2011


To the editor:

As director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, I would like to express my dismay at the errors in Dolph Simons, Jr.’s column on July 17 — particularly those relating to the cancer center’s application for National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation on Sept. 25.

We will make our application on time, as our external advisory committee gave us the green light to do weeks ago. If I or anyone else in a leadership position with the cancer center had been consulted for this column, we would have made that fact abundantly clear.

We have had and continue to have remarkable stability in the leadership of the cancer center, which will be a major point in our favor in the NCI process. Hundreds of university employees are working tirelessly on this initiative, which includes the recruitment of additional top-flight cancer researchers. Tens of thousands of people in the region are supporting this effort because they know the benefits it will bring for patients.

The success of our application depends on a favorable review by our national peers. Inaccurate reporting harms that effort. The state of Kansas and its citizens have invested a great deal of money and time in this cause, with one goal in mind: eliminating the burden of cancer for people in our area.

We are scientists who are judged on facts. We hope the publications that cover us are bound by the same standard.


Ralph Reed 6 years, 11 months ago

Dr. Jensen, I applaud the work the KU Cancer Center (Oncology Center) does on a daily basis. The work you do helps countless people: those with cancer; those having recovered from cancer; and their families and friends. I know what you've done for my family specifically, and I thank you. - Ralph Reed

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 11 months ago

Dolph Simon darned well better offer a correction in his next column or in an editorial. His cavalier attitude toward the facts and his apparent willingness to jeopardize our Cancer Center's application for NCI designation is totally unacceptable. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

It's like publicly badmouthing Lawrence for being "business-unfriendly"...usually for the most petty reasons...and then wondering why businesses don't move to Lawrence.

Jeez...if you run something into the ground long enough, no matter how untrue or overstated your complaints are, eventually people are going to believe you, and it's going to come back and bite you in the butt.

tomatogrower 6 years, 11 months ago

And of course, he can't be blamed for not reporting facts, since it was an editorial. He's one of those conservatives who doesn't let facts get in the way of his opinion. Maybe Dolph really wants to make sure that KU Med fails so his buddies, the Kochs, can buy it and turn it into a hospital that only serves paying customers.

lunacydetector 6 years, 11 months ago

the kochs fund pbs george soros crippled economies, was convicted in abstentia in france and can't go back. he funds our president, the media elite, and democrat causes.

obama lies while the economy dies

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 11 months ago

Why on earth George Soros has became the conservative bogeyman is beyond me. Could the right simply not find anyone else?

(Apparently Bill Ayers And Jeremiah Wright just weren't cutting it.)

Getaroom 6 years, 11 months ago

Lunacydetector: The "lunacy meters needle" is spinning wildly out of control with each word you iterate. You simply must be mainlining from the Murdock lie machine.

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