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A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute


The mission of the UCCCC is "to elucidate the determinants of cancer, to develop cures for cancer and to prevent cancer through innovation and collaboration."

UCCCC members are expected to contribute to this overriding objective through a broad range of clinical and research activities including:

  • Stimulating, supporting, and facilitating collaborative and interdisciplinary research in cancer;
  • Transforming discoveries made in the laboratory, the clinic, and the community into applications that enhance cancer prevention, diagnosis and care;
  • Applying the modern techniques of basic, clinical and population science to the study of human cancer and using them to benefit all populations affected by cancer and to understand and eliminate disparities in cancer care and health differences between diverse population groups;
  • Conducting multidisciplinary clinical treatment programs that provide patients with the most appropriate and effective combinations of advanced therapies available;
  • Providing access to clinical trials to community oncologists and all populations — including minority communities-via a network of affiliated hospitals;
  • Initiating and developing cancer prevention, risk assessment, and control research at the University of Chicago and throughout the Chicago metropolitan area; and
  • Providing education and training in cancer research and advanced cancer care for basic scientists, population researchers, clinical and translational investigators, and healthcare professionals at all levels of training.