Since being established in 1976, the University of Arizona Cancer Center has worked to prevent and cure cancer. The Cancer Center is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and the only one headquartered in and serving the entire state of Arizona that has been designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the NCI’s highest designation. That designation is reserved for centers focusing on patient care as well as basic and clinical research, prevention, education, outreach and training.
The Cancer Center is one of six centers in the nation with an NCI Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for gastrointestinal cancers and it is also one of six centers in the nation with a SPORE for lymphatic cancers. The Cancer Center is a leader in research on women’s cancers (breast, ovarian), men’s cancers (prostate), gastrointestinal cancers (colon, pancreas and liver), lymphoma and skin cancers and is home to one of the largest Cancer Prevention and Control Programs among the nation’s comprehensive cancer centers, with leading prevention research in breast, colon, lung, prostate and skin cancers.
With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices in Phoenix and throughout the state and affiliate sites in Mexico and Colorado.
University of Arizona Medical Center is the Cancer Center’s clinical affiliate in Tucson. Our patients are treated in multidisciplinary clinics by teams of physicians and health care professionals who are experts in their specialties. Our cross-discipline approach means our patients get the best treatment possible: treatment tailored to them.
Plans call for construction of The University of Arizona Cancer Center’s 250,000-square-foot outpatient clinic and research building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to begin by the end of 2012. The six-story facility will be constructed at the northwest corner of North Seventh and East Fillmore streets in downtown Phoenix, and the building is scheduled to be open for patient care in 2014. The University of Arizona Cancer Center is partnering with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix to provide inpatient cancer care, and the Cancer Center is providing outpatient oncology services at St. Joseph’s Hospital, continuing there until the new clinic is open.
The Cancer Center’s 73 research labs and more than 300 nationally and internationally renowned physician and scientist members work to bring the power of research to cancer prevention and treatment through a direct link between the latest research discoveries and patient care.
Thirty Cancer Center-affiliated physicians are included in the 2010-2011 Best Doctors in America database.