UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California at Davis Sacramento, California
The University of California Comprehensive Davis Cancer Center (UCDCCC) was founded in 1991 and received its NCI designation in 2002. In 2012, it attained comprehensive status. The Center is part of the UC Davis Health System. Center members include scientists and physicians drawn from UC Davis School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
UCDCCC has increasingly provided tangible benefits to California Central Valley communities with state-of-the-art cancer care, while leveraging resources to advance basic, translational, transdisciplinary, and clinical cancer investigations. The UC Davis Cancer Care Network extends the reach of these services and programs to affiliated cancer centers at four community hospitals in California's Central Valley and northern inland counties.
The Center consists of six scientific programs engaging 173 investigators. They include biomedical technology, molecular oncology, comparative oncology, cancer therapeutics, prostate cancer, and cancer health disparities and population science. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, with its affiliated hospital, is an additional unique resource with a major focus on oncology research.
Patients at UCDCCC are treated by multidisciplinary teams of surgical, medical, radiation oncologists, pain medicine specialists, among others. Supportive care specialists include genetic counselors, nutritionists and social workers. The Center’s comprehensive medical care for cancer patients is supported by experts in all medical disciplines. Treatment programs of note include prostate and bladder cancers, head and neck cancer, surgical intervention for pancreatic cancer, experimental therapies for lung cancers, pediatric cancers and treatment of leukemia and lymphomas.
UCDCCC is an NCI Cooperative Group Lead Academic Participating Site (LAPS) with participation in SWOG, NRG, Alliance and the Children’s Oncology Group trials. UCDCCC also is active in the NCI Phase I (UM1) and Phase II (NO1) clinical trials through the California Cancer Consortium.
The Cancer Center is home to the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. The Network researches cancer and cancer control awareness and offers cancer education and prevention strategies to Asian American communities in major cities across the country. A second targeted outreach program is deploying novel materials for educating Native American women about breast cancer screening.
* This profile was provided by the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.