Penrose receives cancer grants

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will receive part of a $10.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue the community cancer center program.

The program is now a permanent initiative sponsored by the NCI, which is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand high-level research to a total of 30 sites across the national network.

Penrose is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system with 72 facilities in 18 states.

The grant is for one year projects. Penrose received nearly $1.5 million for 11 projects, including the development of a comprehensive smoking cessation program for newly diagnosed cancer patients.