Davis Cancer Center to provide prostate cancer treatment to uninsured
part of a new state program, the UC Davis Cancer Center is one of
three University of California medical centers selected to provide
prostate cancer treatment at no cost to low-income men who lack
program, known as IMPACT (for Improving Access, Counseling, and
Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer), has received funding
of up to $50 million for the first three years.
UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Francisco are partners in the new program.
IMPACT is funded and managed by the state Department of Health Services.
UCLA will administer the contract.
program will offer state-of-the-art prostate cancer treatment to
a population of men who often do not have access to these services:
the poor and the working poor," said Ralph deVere White, director
of the UC Davis Cancer Center and chair of the UC Davis School of
Medicine and Medical Center Department of Urology. "This is
very much in keeping with our mission as a regional cancer center
and we're happy to participate."
will pay for comprehensive prostate cancer treatment to men who
do not qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicare and who have annual incomes
200 percent or more below the federal poverty level. Treatment and
follow-up care will be available for up to 18 months. Patients will
also be eligible to enroll in clinical trials of promising new cancer
cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause
of cancer death in men. More than 21,000 men in California are diagnosed
with prostate cancer each year.
more information, call the UC Davis Cancer Center IMPACT program
at (916) 734-5793 or visit the program's Web site, http://www.california-impact.
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