The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center Chicago, Illinois
Founded in 1973, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) received its NCI designation that same year and its designation as a comprehensive cancer center in 2008.
UCCCC has a long tradition in clinical and basic science, cancer research and training, and in cancer care. Population studies are a more recent area of expertise. The Center’s mission is to improve the understanding of the determinants of cancer, its prevention, and its treatment.
Research programs at UCCCC have long emphasized advances in chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, gene therapy, and bone marrow transplantation. Laboratory research programs cover the molecular genetics of cancers, cancer immunology, cell signaling, and advanced imaging techniques. Clinical work on specific cancers includes breast, head and neck, lung, kidney, prostate cancer, leukemia, and mesothelioma. Population research emphasizes identifying genetic risk factors for cancer, investigating potential chemoprevention agents, and studying early detection, health disparities, and quality-of-life issues.
Patient care and treatment takes place at The University of Chicago Medical Center, where almost 4,000 cancer patients are diagnosed and/or treated annually. The UCCCC enrolls patients in clinical trials each year. The Medical Center is adjacent to two facilities for research: the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, which encourages research collaborations, and the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery. The Knapp Center includes lab space for UCCCC investigators and houses the Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research, the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, and the hematology and oncology research programs for the departments of medicine and pediatrics.
UCCCC’s interdisciplinary scientific programs include molecular mechanisms of cancer, hematopoiesis and hematological malignancies, immunology and cancer, pharmacogenomics and experimental therapeutics, advanced imaging, and cancer risk and prevention. Several collaborative research programs take place in conjunction with the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Located on the south side of Chicago, the Center has a strong reputation for providing care to underserved populations and emphasizing research on health disparities.
* This profile was provided by the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.