CompCancerCenter_v_RGB_COLOR_BadgeWhy Choose an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center?

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 scope-of-workto 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.