University of Colorado Cancer Center Aurora, Colorado
The University of Colorado Cancer Center was founded and became an NCI-designated cancer center in 1988. CU Cancer Center became a comprehensive cancer center in 1997. The Center is headquartered on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
The CU Cancer Center the hub of cancer research in Colorado. The Center is a consortium of three universities and six institutions: University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, National Jewish Health, Denver Health, Denver Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research. The more than 400 members are all working toward the goal of making cancer an “endangered species.”
Working collaboratively, CU Cancer Center members discover, develop, and deliver breakthroughs that improve cancer care for people and companion animals. The Center focuses on interdisciplinary research conducted in six programs: Cancer Prevention and Control, Cancer Cell Biology, Developmental Therapeutics, Hormone Related Malignancies, Molecular Oncology, and Lung/Head and Neck Cancer.
Basic scientists at CU Cancer Center strive to understand better the fundamental cell activity that leads to cancer. They work closely with clinical researchers to translate laboratory findings into drugs, therapies, and techniques that can be applied to patients. Clinical researchers then enroll patients in clinical trials to test these new treatments in cancer research studies. The results of this collaboration are promising new techniques to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer.
The CU Cancer Center is the coordinating center for the Lung Cancer Mutations Consortium. Another focus of the Center is cancer survivorship. The Center is one of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence. The Center is also home to three full-scale cancer survivorship clinics for the region: the HOPE clinic for young adult survivors of cancer at The Children’s Hospital; the TACTIC clinic for adult survivors of childhood cancer at the University of Colorado Hospital; and the THRIVE clinic for transitioning adult cancer patients back to primary care.
Outreach is an important component of the work at the Center, with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program for uninsured state citizens as but one example. The Center also conducts a wide range of clinical trials in both people and companion animals, especially dogs, through the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU. Clinical trials in dogs have led to new treatments for people.
CU Cancer Center physicians also travel across Colorado to see patients and bring clinical trials to outlying areas of the state. Hospital affiliates of the Center around the state facilitate and collaborate in this work. The Center also offers educational opportunities for professionals, students, and the public.
* This profile was provided by the University of Colorado Cancer Center.