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LAS VEGAS -- Seven years after the Nevada Cancer Institute opened its doors with high hopes of changing the face of medicine in southern Nevada, 8 News NOW has learned it will be closing at the end of this year.

The University of California, San Diego took over the cancer institute when it went bankrupt almost a year ago.

Sources said the Nevada Cancer Institute is reaching out to its patients and trying to give them several options to continue with their treatments elsewhere once the facility closes.

A patient at the institute who comes for treatment said he is now trying to figure out where he will go come January.

Artie Anderson, a cast member on the Las Vegas Strip show, "Jubilee," said he learned he had testicular cancer right before taking the stage.

"That night, for some reason out of the blue, I had this really sharp pain on my side," said Anderson, a Nevada Cancer Institute patient. "(I) went down two minutes before showtime."

Following his surgery, he ended up at the institute for follow-up treatment.

"They sent me to the Nevada Cancer Institute," Anderson said. "An amazing facility. I walked in and was like, ‘Wow.'"

Come Dec. 31, the institute will close its doors. 8 News NOW has learned no new patients have been taken on as of last week.

U.C. San Diego was contacted to find out about reports that the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada was buying pieces of medical equipment and leasing part of the building.

The university said they would not speak on camera but in a statement said

"UCSD is in exclusive negotiations with CCCN. These negotiations are still in process and are not expected to be complete until December."

University Medical Center CEO Brian Brannman said he saw the closure coming.

He said UMC is working with local physicians to provide outpatient oncology treatment to patients, many who might be uninsured or on Medicaid.

In the meantime, the patient Anderson said he is not too worried where he will have to go for his next appointment, but instead looks to a healthy future.

"I am sure they will refer us somewhere, possibly, I would imagine," Anderson said. "I am hoping. I would like this chapter of my life to be over."

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada also issued a statement saying they are still discussing what they might do.

8 News NOW also learned its board members haven't met yet to talk about the role the center could play at Nevada Cancer Institute.

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