Breaking ground for groundbreaking treatment
Dear Prince Georgians,
I’m pleased to announce that yesterday, I joined Governor Hogan and leaders from across the State to officially break ground on the new University of Maryland Capital Region Cancer Center in Largo. This cancer center is located at the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, giving Prince Georgians access to the life-saving treatment they need, much closer to home and to their all-important support system.
In October of 2021, I promised Prince Georgians that supporting the UMMS funding request for a cancer center would be one of our top priorities for this legislative session. For far too long, our residents have had to leave the County to receive the quality cancer care and treatment they deserve. After meetings with leaders in both the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate, we were able to secure $40 million in the State’s 2023 budget for the new cancer center. An additional $27 million to complete the facility has been pre-authorized in the State’s 2024 budget. Many thanks Governor Hogan and the State Legislature for making this request a priority, investing in our County, and expanding access to health care for Prince Georgians.
The University of Maryland Capital Region Cancer Center will be the first and only cancer center in Prince George’s County. The center is expected to open in Spring 2024, and will provide high-quality comprehensive cancer care services, initially focusing on breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancers. In addition, experts will address health disparities in Prince George’s County by expanding the reach of life-saving clinical trials into the County for the first time.
So many of us have been personally affected by cancer. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and many of my father’s family members' lives were cut short by this disease. Fostering a safe and healthy County has always been one of my top priorities, and I’m Prince George’s Proud that we were able to make this happen for our residents and save even more lives right here at home.