Via Christi Health and perhaps Wesley Medical Center need to find a way to be part of the University of Kansas Cancer Center's effort to become a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. The national designation would boost the Kansas economy and provide help for cancer patients throughout the state. Cancer research already is occurring in Wichita through the Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program and trials sponsored by Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the KU Cancer Center and others. National Cancer Institute status could result in even more research and help for local patients. But KU's application is weakened if Wichita hospitals aren't partners.