A $3.5 million grant has been awarded to the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Eppley Cancer Center by the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Shelley Stingley with the trust says it will fund the Northern Great Plains Personalized Breast Cancer Program. Stingley, the program director for rural health care of the trust in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, says though the money goes to UNMC, it will help women throughout the region.
“And then providing consultation with physicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to Minot, North Dakota; Sheridan, Wyoming; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and then other places in Nebraska,” according to Stingley.
Stingley says the program uses DNA testing to fit treatment specifically to the patient.
“The grant will pay for that part of it for the women and then will also help pay for the consultation with the University of Nebraska (Medical Center) at Omaha,” Stingley says. “The patient (will) still have to pay for their treatment, but if we can help give them better treatment, we want to do that.”
By Jerry Oster, WNAX