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Alex Dinkel brings personal experience to his cancer treatment research at the KU Cancer Center.

Alex Dinkel brings personal experience to his cancer treatment research at the KU Cancer Center.

Alex Dinkel’s career path began taking shape when he was just 16 years old. That’s when he was diagnosed with a rare form of Ewing’s Sarcoma in his skull. 

Clinical trials expand treatment options, boost economy

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By Roy Jensen, MD, Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center

At The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art Clinical Research Center, funded by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), physician-scientists are sowing the seeds for new, more effective cancer treatments.

IIT Team

Dedicated clinical trials teams are key to groundbreaking research at the KU Cancer Center.

A cancer diagnosis was never part of Nedra’s plan. But then again, the Kansas City artist, educator and community activist is pretty good at improvising.

When she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – a less common and more aggressive form of breast cancer – her reaction of a simple “OK” left her physician speechless.  

“I was uniquely calm. These twists and turns, they are all part of the journey,” Nedra said. “I could have cried and screamed and thrown myself on the floor, but it would not have changed anything, and I would have been behind in my planning.”