University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center status renewed

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the U.S. federal government’s principal agency that funds cancer research, has renewed the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center‘s designation as a comprehensive cancer center. The designation recognizes the center’s distinction as a center of research excellence in basic, clinical and population sciences, as well as a valued community and regional resource for cancer information, cancer education and cancer outreach.

The University of Chicago has been home to an NCI-designated cancer center since 1973, when the federal government set up the cancer center program following the National Cancer Act in 1971.

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Illinois–and one of 49 nationwide–to have earned this distinction. This is the third consecutive time the Cancer Center has received a five-year “comprehensive” designation since 2008.

“Developing important new discoveries that impact patients with cancer is a priority for the University of Chicago Medicine,” said Kenneth Polonsky, MD, dean and executive vice president for medical affairs. “We have made substantial investments in building the physical and intellectual resources for cancer care and research, and receiving NCI’s highest mark again is an important part of


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