LAWRENCE, Kan. - University of Kansas officials say a decision on whether the university's cancer center will receive a coveted national designation is only weeks away.
The board that considers applications to become a National Cancer Institute met in closed session Monday.
Roy Jensen, director of the cancer center, said he was told by officials in Washington that the board's decision could come in two to four weeks.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the university worked nearly seven years and invested more than $350 million in seeking the NCI designation.
Kansas officials say being named a National Cancer Institute would bring more federal research dollars and high-paying jobs to the cancer center. It also would allow cancer patients access to clinical trials open only to patients at NCI-designated centers.