COMO YOU KNOW: Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, part of the University of Missouri Health System, provides cancer prevention, detection and treatment. The center opened in 1940 and was the first cancer hospital west of the Mississippi River.


Clinics and outpatient: 573-882-2100

115 Business Loop 70 W.

Columbia, MO 65203

Inpatient: 573-882-4141

1 Hospital Drive

Columbia, MO 65212


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The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center began as the vision of Dr. Ellis Fischel, a St. Louis physician. The Missouri State Cancer Commission, created in 1937, oversaw the construction of the hospital. Fischel served as the first chairman of the commission, but was killed in May 1938 while driving to Jefferson City and never saw his vision completed.

The center opened in 1940 and was named after Fischel. It seeks to provide the latest cancer treatments and an improved quality of life for all its patients. In 1990, it partnered with the MU Sciences Center and today operates as part of the MU Health Care umbrella system.

In May 2010, the UM Board of Curators approved funding to build a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center as part of the University Hospital, which was already undergoing renovations. Construction on the project, which will take up two floors in the complex, began in September 2010 and is slated for completion in late 2012.

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Recently, the UM System Board of Curators approved funding to build a new Ellis Fischel building. Construction on this new building, which began in September 2010, is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

More information about MU Health Care can be found at

Updated: March 1, 2012

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