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Understanding the Importance of ‘Comprehensive’ in Our Name — Comprehensive Cancer CenterAn 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.
It matters because a comprehensive cancer center must meet specific standards in its breadth and depth of cancer research. It means the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is deemed a model for moving research discoveries, treatments and information from the research setting to our patients and the greater community, setting new standards for care.
More importantly, however, it matters because of the impact a comprehensive cancer center can have on your care: According to a 2015 study of individuals with newly diagnosed, adult-onset cancer, patients who were treated at a comprehensive cancer center experienced superior survival rates compared to patients treated at facilities that had not received this designation.
A comprehensive cancer center offers many benefits, including that it:
As a designated comprehensive cancer center, UChicago Medicine receives approximately $4 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute. This funding supports the infrastructure, management and initiatives that allow us to bring together cancer physicians and scientists from multiple disciplines to make important advances in cancer research and care. This ensures we are national leaders in clinical studies and that we can offer a robust clinical trials program with cancer studies open for enrollment.
UChicago Medicine's Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to be among an elite group of cancer centers acknowledged as the nation’s leaders in the fight against cancer.
With more than 200 cancer specialists, innovative treatments and leading-edge research, we're attacking cancer from every angle.
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.
All of our efforts are dedicated to helping kids and teens with cancer beat the disease, so they can live active, full lives.
We offer comprehensive cancer risk and prevention services, including genetic testing and counseling, and tailored risk reduction plans.