Statement related to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center funding
We’re disappointed that Governor Nixon has chosen to delay funding for a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center facility in Columbia, and we’re concerned about the impact this will have on the care of cancer patients in the state of Missouri. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Missouri, causing more than 12,000 deaths annually. As the state’s designated cancer center, Ellis Fischel plays a critical role in providing Missouri residents with the latest advances in cancer treatments, research and education.
For 70 years, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center has been a resource serving cancer patients from every county in Missouri, offering a wide range of services and treatments provided by multidisciplinary teams of cancer-care specialists. However, after 70 years in its original building, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s need for a replacement facility is critical.
As part of MU Health Care's mission to care for Missourians, teach health sciences students how to care for Missourians, and conduct research to find new ways of caring for Missourians, we are planning to build a new patient care tower by 2013. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center was expected to be a vital part of this shovel-ready patient care tower project. We now will need to evaluate the impact of the governor’s decision to delay funding for Ellis Fischel.