UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Understanding the Importance of Comprehensive in Our Name — Comprehensive Cancer Center

An official cancer center designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the highest federal rating a cancer center can achieve. It’s the gold standard for cancer programs and is bestowed upon the nation’s top cancer centers in recognition of their innovative research and leading-edge treatments. The University of Chicago Medicine has been home to such a designated center since 1973.

In addition to this National Cancer Institute designation, UChicago Medicine is also recognized for the comprehensive nature of our research, care, education and community outreach programs. We are one of only two institutions in the state of Illinois — and 56 in the United States— to be recognized as a comprehensive cancer center. The application process alone for this honor involved a 1,700-page submission that took more than a year to prepare and must be repeated every five years for renewal.

Alexander Pearson, MD, and African-American female patient

Cancer Care Services

With more than 200 cancer specialists, innovative treatments and leading-edge research, our Comprehensive Cancer Center experts are attacking cancer from every angle.

researcher in cancer lab

Participate in a Clinical Trial

As a lead site for the Clinical Trials Network, we have more than 300 open therapeutic trials and enroll more than 1,000 patients each year.

Mark Ratain, MD, in laboratory

Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

Our physician and scientists are committed to unlocking the mysteries of cancer and are behind some of the most important advances in cancer therapy and research.

Susan Cohn, MD, pediatric oncologist, with young female patient

Pediatric Cancer Care

All of our efforts are dedicated to helping kids and teens with cancer beat the disease, so they can live active, full lives.

Genetic counselor Feighanne Hathaway, MS, CGC

Assess Your Risk for Cancer

We offer comprehensive cancer risk and prevention services, including genetic testing and counseling, and tailored risk reduction plans.

Image of caregiver holding patient's hands, supportive oncology

Helping You Cope With Cancer

The Supportive Oncology program offers a range of services to support you and your family during your cancer treatment.