After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States and is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. In Nebraska, it’s the third most diagnosed cancer behind breast and lung. While a serious disease, 77 percent of Nebraska prostate cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage of disease, providing opportune time for successful treatment options.

Providing the best treatment for prostate cancer and furthering research is the focus of a $5 million gift to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center from the estate of Nebraska native Glenn Korff.

Glenn Korff

Glenn Korff

Leading the era of precision medicine – basing diagnosis and treatments on the genetics of an individual – the Korff estate gift establishes the Glenn Korff Precision Medicine Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation. It will provide the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center with expendable funds needed to help recruit top urology cancer specialists and other nationally-recognized scientists while helping the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, obtain the latest equipment used in prostate cancer patient care and research.

In honor of Korff, who died in 2013 from complications of prostate cancer, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will name a floor in his honor within the new cancer center’s Suzanne and Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

“The gift from the Korff estate will immediately impact and expand our expertise in researching and treating prostate cancer,” said Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., chancellor of UNMC and chairman of the Nebraska Medicine Advisory Board. “This gift will directly support our mission to lead the world in transforming lives in premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care. We are extremely thankful for the Korff estate’s generosity.”

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Dr. Ken Cowan, director, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, said, “This generous gift will have tremendous impact as we recruit nationally recognized leaders in prostate cancer research to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and develop new therapies for prostate cancer. I understand Mr. Korff was very proud of being a Nebraskan and would be proud that this gift will impact prostate cancer research and care in Nebraska and beyond.”