[Source: Kate Nolan, Arizona Republic] — A major Houston cancer center may collaborate with Arizona’s largest health-care provider on cancer care in Phoenix. According to sources from both institutions, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Health are in talks that may lead to a comprehensive cancer center downtown. The Valley already boasts branches of two major cancer clinics in Scottsdale, the Arizona Cancer Center (based in Tucson) and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (based in Rochester, Minn.).
Like M.D. Anderson, they are among the 39 elite comprehensive cancer centers funded by the National Cancer Institute. In all, the NCI funds 62 cancer centers. Plans for a full-scale downtown Phoenix cancer center have been in the works before. A proposed collaboration between Arizona Cancer Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare, Banner Health, and others for a downtown facility in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine never got past the talking stage. Later talks between the Arizona Cancer Center and Banner Health ended last year without an agreement. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]