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Volume 4, Number 47Space holderDecember 1, 2000

VA Puget Sound receives cancer care approval

The Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons has designated the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System a Comprehensive Cancer Center/Teaching Hospital Cancer Program. The designation builds on affiliations with the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and enables veterans to obtain comprehensive cancer care through multi-team specialists, state-of-the-art equipment, and access to clinical trials, education and support.

The Commission approves only those facilities willing to undergo rigorous evaluation and performance reviews. Slightly more than 20 percent of the nation's hospitals have Commission-approved cancer programs. More than 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated at these approved facilities.

Grant renewed for regional spinal cord injury system

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has renewed funding for the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System. (Full story)

Lefcort to give WWAMI Science in Medicine Lecture

Frances Lefcort, associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience at Montana State University, will give this year's WWAMI Science in Medicine Lecture. (Full story)

MEDEX student completes clerkship at 2000 Summer Olympics

Second-year MEDEX Northwest student Cheryl Parker completed her first clinical clerkship by working as an athletic trainer for the U.S. track and field team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. (Full story)

Book explains role of physical fitness in breast health

A regular exercise routine can reduce a woman's risk for breast cancer. (Full story)
Robert H. "Rob" Muilenburg was remembered by many this week as a devoted friend and family man and a dedicated leader whose vision and values, encompassing a warm-hearted respect for people, made UW Medical Center one of the best hospitals in America. (Full story)

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