The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is proud to be the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.
In 1971, the National Cancer Act called for the creation of cancer centers of excellence throughout the United States. The Carbone Cancer Center was established as one of the first six university-based comprehensive cancer centers in 1973.
To gain a "comprehensive" designation (the highest ranking given by the National Cancer Institute), a center must meet specific criteria:
Strong basic laboratory and clinical cancer research and the translational research that forms the bridge between them
Innovative cancer treatments involving clinical trials
Cancer prevention and control programs
Training and education of health care professionals
Cancer information services
Community outreach and education
In addition, the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by the president of the United States to oversee the NCI's programs and policies, must recommend approval for a center to receive the comprehensive designation. The center must repeat an external review of the criteria above every five years.