UAB Gets Grant to Help Reduce Cancer Care Costs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham has received $15 million to help find ways to reduce cancer treatment costs.

The Birmingham News reports that the three-year federal Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant will go to the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center. UAB officials say it will help the school develop a new program, the Deep South Cancer Navigation Network.

The network will include counselors to provide patients with information about cancer treatments, provide consultation and counseling, and suggest cost-effective cancer treatments.

The grant came in part because of the South's historic economic, educational and social differences. Those can mean limited access to the latest medical treatments.

The UAB Cancer Care Network includes community hospitals and cancer centers in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

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