Gov. Walker announces increased funding for cancer research

Published On: Feb 14 2013 11:49:07 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 15 2013 09:05:06 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Cancer research in Wisconsin could soon see a boost in funding from the state.

During a stop in La Crosse Thursday, Governor Scott Walker announced a more than 3.75 million dollar investment in the U.W. Carbone Cancer Center. The funding will be included in the governor's budget that he unveils next week.

The money would help researchers develop cutting edge molecular imaging technology like improvements for PET Scans.

That would then be shared throughout the state's Oncology Network and used in 20 hospitals around Wisconsin. "And get that state of the art care here that is validated by world class research and development through Carbone Cancer Center and apply it to the world class patient center at places like Gundersen Lutheran," said Governor Walker.

Gundersen Lutheran Oncologist Dr. Patrick Conway said, "imaging is absolutely critical to basically any Oncologist and so many of our Cancer patients."

Governor Walker says his administration will work with the cancer center to find private investors to match the state dollars.