Defying Cancer

Cancer may be more than 100 different diseases, but we specialize in yours. UC Irvine Health is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, one of 48 in the nation, and is a leader in the battle to treat and prevent cancer.

The UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has a deep bench of experienced cancer specialists, many of them national and international pioneers in their field. Our patients have access to physicians, surgeons, oncologists, nurses and support staff—all working together to provide you with innovative, compassionate care.


Our cancer specialists and researchers work hand-in-hand to translate scientific findings into clinical treatments for our patients. We have the largest number of active clinical trials for cancer in Orange County and the surrounding region.

Find a cancer clinical trial →

See how lung cancer patient Jackie Raser defied the odds →

Learn how researchers are using a patient’s immune system to fight brain cancer →

Learn about studies that are improving colorectal cancer surgery →

Our Cancer Teams

Learn more about our multidisciplinary cancer teams and related services, including: