Treads & Threads is an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose. It helps provide more options – and more hope – to patients battling cancer. The lives of countless cancer patients throughout the region have been touched by this annual gala – and by the community support behind it. Since 2002, Treads & Threads sponsors, patrons and guests have contributed more than $11.5 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

Precision Medicine: Providing the latest, most innovative treatment

Proceeds from Treads & Threads 2018 will support precision cancer therapies – considered the future of medicine by the National Cancer Institute. The innovative, emerging approach involves taking individual genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors into account for each patient. This allows physicians to more precisely determine the best treatment or prevention option for each patient.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center: Why NCI designation is important

The University of Kansas Health System provides patient care for The University of Kansas Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. National Cancer Institute designation is only awarded to the nation’s premier cancer research centers. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only such center in Kansas and one of just 69 nationwide. NCI-designated cancer centers are the backbone of the nation’s cancer research efforts to understand, prevent and treat cancer. Patients who were treated at an NCI-designated cancer center have 25% better outcomes than those who receive care at other cancer centers. We offer multiple locations across the metro and throughout the state, so our patients receive lifesaving treatments closer to home.

Our cancer program ranked 25th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017-2018.

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