Pittsburg's Via Christi doctors and other staff were on hand today to celebrate new designation as a National Cancer Institute.
Via Christi partners with KU's hospital. Doctors say this means the University of Kansas Cancer Center will be able to apply for federal research grants only available to NCI designated cancer centers.
Some of this money will also be passed on to Via Christi.
Cancer patients will also have the chance to use experimental cancer treatments.
"The latest clinical trials, the newest cancer drugs that are being tested for cancer, outpatients will have access to those," says Dr. Boban Mathew.
"We have to continue to grow our research programs and that's imperative, because right now, five year survival rates for cancer are only 67%," says Dr. Roy Jensen of the KU Medical Center.
To maintain accreditation, facilities must have on site reviews every three years.