$14 million gift to create program focused on symptom management, mental and spiritual health of cancer patients


INDIANAPOLIS — A $14 million gift to Indiana University School of Medicine will transform cancer care in Indiana by serving as the catalyst to build a comprehensive approach that helps patients and their families manage the symptoms, pain and stress that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.The gift from the Walther Cancer Foundation will create a supportive oncology program that goes beyond standard therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and seeks to care for a patient’s overall physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The program will be named the Walther Supportive Oncology Program in recognition of the foundation’s generosity.
It is believed to be the largest gift in the country to support a program of this kind. As part of For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, the gift will receive matching funds from Indiana University, dramatically increasing the depth and breadth of what researchers, physicians and other caregivers are able to accomplish.
“More than 35,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer each year, and the disease affects each of them in complex and unique ways,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “This magnificent gift will dramatically improve the lives of these individuals and their families and have far-reaching impacts beyond Indiana by enabling IU faculty experts to build a supportive oncology program that others will emulate. We are extremely grateful to the Walther Cancer Foundation for its remarkable generosity and continued support for the innovative teaching, research and clinical care that is a hallmark of our acclaimed School of Medicine.”
The Walther Supportive Oncology Program will be developed in partnership with Indiana University Health, the state’s leading academic hospital system and one of the largest in the United States. It is also intended to influence care for cancer patients and their families throughout Indiana and the country by providing expertise and best-practices for other health systems to model, with …

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