University of Nebraska Medical Center
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (formerly the Eppley Cancer Center) was founded in 1983. In 1999, it became an NCI-designated cancer center. The mission of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is to coordinate basic and clinical cancer research, patient care, and educational programs, and to facilitate the application of new knowledge about the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.
Research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is conducted in four research programs: cancer genes and molecular regulation, molecular biochemical etiology, lymphoma research, and the developing program for cancer prevention and control. Notable programs in research include work on lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer.
Clinical care is provided to patients at the Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center and Clinic in the Lied Transplant Center on the UNMC campus and at the Village Pointe Cancer Center in west Omaha.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance that develops standards and sets guidelines for treatment. Multidisciplinary teams conduct research focused on discovering the mechanisms, which cause cancer to develop and then translate these discoveries into new approaches for early detection and new therapies for cancer treatment and prevention.
In recent years, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center signed a formal Academic Affiliation Agreement with the UNMC Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, which will provide enhanced access and increased accrual of children with cancer into clinical trials.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center reaches out to the medical community and the broader public through a variety of education and outreach programs for scientists, clinicians, health care workers, future scientists and healthcare providers, and the general public. For example, the Cancer Research Graduate Program trains students in the latest techniques of cancer research, awarding a Ph.D. upon completion. Community outreach programs are educating the public on the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. At several annual events, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center provides free cancer screening to Nebraska’s underserved populations.
In 2013, as a result of a generous gift from Pamela Buffett through her foundation, the Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation, ground was broken on a new cancer center complex on the campus shared by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center complex will include a brand new ten story cancer research tower, a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic that includes surgical, medical, and radiation oncology, an infusion center, a radiation treatment facility, and an inpatient cancer hospital. Occupancy will occur in 2017.