It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center website. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center - a distinction held by only 71 cancer centers in the country. This recognition means the most current and innovative treatment options are available to all patients through the integration of cutting-edge cancer research into state-of-the-art care. Well-established multidisciplinary research programs focus on discovering the mechanisms which cause cancer to develop and translating these discoveries into new approaches for early detection of cancer and new therapies for cancer treatment and cancer prevention as soon as possible.
I am proud to share with you that the new $323 million Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center opened in June 2017. The facility was named in recognition of a gift from Pamela Buffett, through her foundation, the Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation. Pamela’s husband, Fred “Fritz” Buffett, died in 1997 after fighting kidney cancer. This state-of-the-art facility consists of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Research Tower, a 10-story, 98 laboratory research tower; the C.L. Werner Cancer Hospital, an eight-story, 108 bed inpatient treatment center and a multidisciplinary outpatient center which includes clinics, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, a 24/7 treatment center and lab. Unique in its design, the Buffett Cancer center puts clinical providers in close proximity with research colleagues with the goal of more efficiently translating research in the laboratory to novel therapies for patients in the clinic.
It is next to impossible to find a person who has not been touched by cancer. Whether you are a patient, survivor, caregiver, healthcare provider….cancer affects all of us differently, but we all share a common desire: a world that is free of cancer. Thank you again for visiting the site.
Kenneth H. Cowan, MD, PhD
Director, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center