The UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is a treasured community resource because it is the only facility in Orange County—and one of only 48 in the country—that has received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a comprehensive cancer center.
This designation means the center must meet rigorous criteria aimed at providing world-class patient care and innovative research. The NCI refers to its Cancer Centers Program as “the backbone of NCI’s programs for studying and controlling cancer.”
NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers:
- Perform laboratory, clinical and population-based research with national impact
- Emphasize research that bridges scientific disciplines
- Pay special attention to the needs and cancer burden of the local population
and address these needs through programs and research
- Train and educate the next generation of cancer biomedical researchers and healthcare professionals
Leadership: Unlike community hospitals, NCI-designated cancer centers have the ability to treat the most challenging patient cases and tackle vitally important research questions. Physicians and scientists in the network of NCI cancer centers work together to establish a national agenda for cancer while the leaders of these centers help form the nation’s strategic vision and initiatives on cancer.
Multidisciplinary focus: The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has a faculty drawn from more than 32 academic departments across six schools at UC Irvine, including the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Information & Computer Science, Engineering and Business.
Clinical trials and leading-edge treatments: Comprehensive cancer centers receive NCI funding for research and offer eligible patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials. By participating in a clinical trial, patients have access to leading-edge treatments and therapies long before they are available to the general public.