The big day has arrived on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The ribbon will be cut and the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will officially take place today. Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says former Vice President Joe Biden will serve as the keynote speaker at today’s event.
Dr. Gold says, “He’s coming, I believe, because he understands that this cancer center is a transformational force. That this is a new way of looking at what it’s going to take to get that moonshot not only off the ground but to get it into space and rapidly approaching not just the moon but beyond.”
Biden’s son, Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 and he has dedicated his life to eradicating the disease.
The new center features specialty operating rooms, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a resource and wellness center, a 24/7 treatment center, in-site clinical lab services and technology for patients so they can ask questions about their treatment and know their test schedule.
The 615,000-square-foot center puts clinical providers in close proximity with their research colleagues with the goal of more efficiently translating research to patient care. The teams at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center are specifically focused on breast cancer and other women’s cancers, leukemia and lymphoma, lung cancer, pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, and cancers diagnosed in childhood.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Center will officially open in early June.