Stephenson Cancer Center designated among top 2% in US

Published: Thursday, May 3, 2018 By: Meg Wingerter Source: NewsOK

Oklahoma City — Even before Stephenson Cancer Center joined the top 2 percent of cancer hospitals nationwide, its researchers were making a name for themselves to the point of throwing off other scientists' calculations.

Dr. Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, was in Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning to announce Stephenson had become only the 70th hospital to become an NCI designated cancer center. Stephenson enrolled more patients in clinical trials than any other center last year, he said, and in one trial conducted at multiple centers, the researchers had to run some additional calculations to make sure the “Oklahoma effect” of so many Stephenson patients participating wouldn't mess up the results.

The head scientist in that trial noted the “dedication and hard work of a few clinical trial enthusiasts” in Oklahoma, Sharpless said.

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