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US Sen. Isakson visits Georgia Regents University

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) met with Georgia Regents University officials Thursday to receive an overview of the university's pursuit to become a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

"Medical innovation and the life sciences sector are increasingly important to Georgia's economy, and I share GRU's goal of getting a second federally-designated cancer center in Georgia," Isakson said during a tour with GRU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz and GRU Cancer Center Director Dr. Samir N. Khleif.

"A second cancer center would be a major step forward, both for bringing more jobs to the state and for discovering better treatments for the 50,000 Georgians who are diagnosed with cancer every year," he said.

National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers are at the forefront of cancer treatment and research, developing and translating scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients. Georgia is home to only one of the nation's 66 designated cancer centers, with other states that are similar in population size housing at least two.

Isakson also toured Fort Gordon to get an update on possible missions coming to the installation. Hear more on what Isakson had to say about sequestration from WFXG's Rachel Moore tonight at 10.

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