Mission and Values

Our mission at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is to develop innovative and collaborative research to discover the determinants of cancer, to develop cures for cancer, and to prevent cancer.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer CenterTo meet this ambitious challenge, we focus on:

Meeting the Needs of Our Patients
  • Stimulate and support collaborative, interdisciplinary basic and clinical cancer research, and bring the benefits of our breakthroughs to patients to provide them with superior, state-of-the-art care
  • Pioneer preventative strategies based on cutting-edge research
    Develop and provide imaging techniques and technologies to enhance diagnostics, detect malignancies early in their development, and improve the accuracy of radiographs
  • Improve quality of life for patients and provide convenient access to useful resources to support their physical, social, and emotional needs
Performing Research of the Highest Quality
  • Use clinical trials to test investigational drugs and identify effective new cancer therapies
  • Apply the latest advances in imaging, molecular biology, information technology, genetics, genomics, systems biology, and other disciplines to the study of human cancer
Training Next-Generation of Cancer Researchers and Enhancing Healthcare/Research Professional Development
  • Provide education, training and career development programming for students, basic scientists, translational/clinical investigators, and healthcare professionals at all levels (from high school students to senior faculty)
  • Ensure clinical trial access to community oncologists and minority populations via a network of affiliated hospitals and health centers
  • Develop and implement outreach programs that educate local health professionals about current approaches and new advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment
Strengthening Links with the Communities We Serve to Improve Health
  • Enable sustained engagement with our community to increase public awareness of advances in cancer research
  • Communicate the benefits of reducing cancer risk and participating in cancer clinical trials
  • Implement new cancer prevention and control research studies and improve screening rates