University of Arizona breaks ground on new cancer treatment center in downtown Phoenix

February 21, 2013

The University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.

Marcia Gruber, the University of Arizona cancer center’s vice president in Phoenix, says that the new facility will provide services to “take care of the whole spectrum of the disease from cancer prevention, to cancer diagnosis, to cancer treatment, and to the treatment of cancer survivors.”

The University of Arizona is providing the bulk of the funding for the $100 million project. The City of Phoenix is throwing in about $14 million. Gruber says the new facility will create some 400 jobs in Phoenix.

The project has been in the works for more than five years, and the clinic is expected to be up and running by 2015.  

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