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SIU Cancer Treatment and Research Center Debut

July 10, 2008

Springfield, IL - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is going high tech when it comes to treating cancer and working on the search for a cure. The $21 million SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute opens today, thanks in part to a $10 million donation from the law firm of SimmonsCooper. Attorney John Simmons says his organization will continue providing funding because of his personal work with cancer victims.

"We're in this for the long-haul, and we hope one day to find a cure for cancer. We represent folks who have been devastated through asbestos poisoning which causes a rare form of cancer."

Simmons calls the center unique in that scientists and doctors will be able to work together on cancer research projects. He says that is already generating national interest.

"We can both treat and research cancer right at the institute. We're now seeing people interested in moving to Springfield from the Mayo Clinic, and other well-known facilities."

The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute will begin accepting patients later this summer.

Additional information regarding the Institute can be found online at

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IL