A 2nd cancer center in Georgia the goal

Gov. Nathan Deal has taken aim at cancer deaths in Georgia with a plan to help Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta join an elite group of cancer centers. Currently, the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Georgia, a state where the disease causes more than 15,000 deaths annually. Only top-flight research organizations that are on the forefront of the cancer battle can win the designation and the grant money that comes with it. A second NCI center could help the state attract more acclaimed cancer researchers and millions of research dollars, Deal said when announcing the plan this month.

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