Moncrief Cancer Institute will add treatment services, clinical trials

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Fort Worth’s Moncrief Cancer Institute, which has provided mammograms, cancer education and counseling services to area residents, will add chemotherapy, diagnostic imaging and clinical trials to its services starting in 2015.

The facility, part of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, said Tuesday that the expansion is being funded with $10 million in pledges — $5 million from the Moncrief Cancer Foundation, a local charity, and $5 million from UT Southwestern.

In November, the Moncrief Cancer Institute moved into two floors of its new four-story, 60,000-square-foot building at 400 Magnolia Ave. The new services will fill the two remaining floors.

Dr. Keith Argenbright, the facility’s director, said chemotherapy and clinical trials are closely tied.

“Nearly all cancer clinical trials are for a drug” administered to patients, Argenbright said. “We’re bringing the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center to Fort Worth.”

Trials will typically be research-related rather than industry-sponsored, he said. Radiation therapy services will not be offered.

New imaging services will include CT and MRI scans, which will be used both to diagnose disease and monitor its response to treatment, Argenbright said. The institute’s current services, which include genetic testing and counseling, will continue.

Argenbright said work on the expansion will commence early next year and is expected to be complete by spring 2015. The Moncrief Cancer Institute sees about 25,000 people annually, he said.

The Moncrief Cancer Institute and its predecessors have been funded by Fort Worth oilman W.A. “Tex” Moncrief and his family, dating to 1958.

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Twitter: @jimfuquay

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