Cancer

With you for every step of your cancer journey

If you or a loved one need cancer care, you want an experienced team on your side. Our experts intimately understand every type of cancer. We will get to know you and design a treatment plan that works for you and your family.
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Programs and research

A holistic approach to cancer prevention and care

At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, we believe it is our purpose to study cancer and find cancer cures. Our focus on research allows us to offer cancer care and treatments only available at select centers across the country.

We work to prevent cancer through risk assessments and research, and we have programs focused on early diagnosis, when cancer is most treatable.

Your doctors at UW Health are part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center — a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation means that you have access to the nation’s top experts in cancer treatment, research and education.

The UW Carbone Cancer Center is also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. We are accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

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.

Specialized cancer services

Our team offers special services to support you throughout your cancer care and recovery.

If you have cancer, you may benefit from participating in a cancer clinical trial. Clinical trials give you access to new, innovative treatments. At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, we offer more than 250 cancer clinical trials to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Each trial goes through a special review process and will be carefully explained to you.

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Your genetic makeup can impact your risk of developing cancer. Understanding that risk can be lifesaving. Our oncology genetic counselors offer personalized genetic risk assessments to people with a personal or family history of cancer.

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A healthy diet can help you manage symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Our dietitians offer individualized nutrition plans for you and your family.

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If you are diagnosed with cancer, you may wish to get a second opinion. At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, we offer second opinions on diagnoses and treatment plans. Learn what makes a high-quality second opinion

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During cancer treatment, you may need extra support. At UW Health, we offer special programs to help you feel your best. Women who have had breast cancer surgery may benefit from CareWear. We also have a Wig Salon for those who experience hair loss due to cancer treatment.

There’s more to cancer care than medications and surgery. We also offer integrative medicine services like acupuncture, mindfulness for stress reduction and massage therapy.

If you're seeking a second opinion, we can help

Cancer can be confusing and overwhelming. Getting a second opinion can make you feel more comfortable about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Referring a patient for cancer care

It is a privilege to be considered as the next source of cancer care for your patient. UW Health is home to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Wisconsin's only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. We look forward to making the referral process as easy as possible while keeping the lines of communication with your office flowing.

Conditions and treatments

Expertise across all cancer types

Cancer can affect many parts of the body. At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, we have expertise in all types of cancers.

Cancers we treat

Our specialists treat a variety of cancers affecting different types of blood cells, such as:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

  • Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Myelodysplastic syndromes

  • Myeloproliferative disorders

Our doctors work quickly to identify blood cancers so treatment can begin sooner.

Our expert team of doctors and other healthcare professionals cares for more than 850 new breast cancer patients and more than 3,000 survivors each year.

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The UW Health Brain Tumor Center is a leader in the diagnosis, research and treatment of patients with brain tumors.

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At UW Health, we work as a team to diagnose and treat many kinds of gastrointestinal cancers, such as:

No matter what stage your cancer is, we offer the latest treatments to help you achieve better health.

Cancers affecting the urinary system and genitals may cause particularly distressing symptoms. We bring together a variety of specialists to meet your specific needs by treating several types of genitourinary cancers:

We offer many treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and minimally invasive surgery for genitourinary cancers.

UW Health provides personalized care to women with various types of gynecological cancers like:

We also assist with any other concerns you may have regarding gynecological cancer treatment, such as family planning.

The UW Head and Neck Cancer Program and the Carbone Cancer Center bring together specialists from a variety of disciplines to provide innovative and effective treatment for patients with head and neck cancers.

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UW Health’s pediatric cancer specialists at American Family Children’s Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center provide state-of-the-art care for many forms of childhood cancer, including:

We care for infants, children and adolescents with cancer, hematological, neurocutaneous and immunological disorders.

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Sarcomas are cancers in the connective tissue of the body, including the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle and blood vessels. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to provide the best possible care.

Our team of dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists work together to provide the most comprehensive care for patients with melanomas of the skin and eye.

Advanced cancer treatments

Our team will match the best treatment option to your specific cancer type. Treatments may include:

Bone marrow transplants replace stem cells damaged by cancer or cancer treatments. They are sometimes called stem cell transplants.

At UW Health, we offer transplants from a donor with a specific protein marker that closely matches yours. These are called allogeneic stem cell transplants. We also perform transplants where we harvest your healthy blood stem cells and return them to you. This is called an autologous transplant.

We also perform double umbilical cord blood transplants which require two units of donated umbilical cord blood for a successful adult transplant.

Our Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

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Chemotherapy is the name of a group of drugs that destroy cancer cells. Used to cure cancer or prevent cancer from returning, chemotherapy can slow down cancer growth and control cancer symptoms.

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Immunotherapy triggers your immune system to attack and kill cancer cells. Many immunotherapies are offered only through clinical trials. Others are approved for treatment outside of clinical trials. CAR T-cell therapy for aggressive lymphoma is one type of immunotherapy offered at UW Health.

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This treatment uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) may be used in combination with other cancer treatments. There are many types of radiation therapies.

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Surgery may be recommended to prevent, diagnose, stage or treat cancer.

  • Preventive surgery — Surgery to remove tissue or organs that could become cancerous. Preventive surgery may be recommended following a cancer screening or genetic risk assessment. 

  • Diagnostic surgery (biopsy) — Surgery to diagnose cancer. During a biopsy, doctors remove tissue and evaluate it in the laboratory.

  • Staging surgery — Surgery that helps your doctors to determine how far cancer has spread.

  • Treatment surgery — Surgery to remove all or part of your cancer. 

At UW Health, we offer minimally invasive, robotic and traditional surgical options. Minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions. This speeds recovery time.

Locations

Convenient locations

We offer advanced cancer treatments in Madison and South Central Wisconsin. We also provide some clinical trials through our regional clinics and Wisconsin oncology network. Our providers are recognized leaders in developing new cancer treatments and drugs, vaccines and clinical trials.

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  • UW Carbone Cancer Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
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    • The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is a pioneer in cancer research and quality patient care. It is the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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  • UW Carbone Cancer Clinic - 1 S. Park
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2552
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  • SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center
    • 3535 N Bell School Road / Rockford, IL
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    • Patients here have convenient local access to UW Health cancer specialists in areas such as breast cancer, head-and-neck cancer, endocrine cancer, and thoracic surgical and abdominal surgical oncology.

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  • Beloit Cancer Center
    • 1670 Lee Lane / Beloit, WI
    • (608) 364-5253
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  • UW Health Johnson Creek
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    UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek
    • 250 Doctors Ct. / Johnson Creek, WI
    • (920) 699-3500
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    • UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek offers the people of southeastern Wisconsin local access to leading-edge research and treatments offered by the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.

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  • UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care
    • N16 W24131 Riverwood Drive / Waukesha, WI
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    • Partnered with the UW Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, UW Health Cancer Center at ProHealth Care offers world-class cancer care in a comforting setting close to home.

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Meet our team

A specialized team focused on you

At the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, our team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers are here to give you the care and treatment you need during every phase of your cancer journey.

Your cancer care team may include:

  • Advanced practice providers

  • Cancer surgeons

  • Hematologists and medical oncologists

  • Nutritionists

  • Occupational therapists

  • Oncology pharmacist

  • Pain management specialists

  • Pathologists

  • Physical therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Radiation oncologists and technologists

  • Radiologists

  • Researchers

  • Social workers

  • Speech therapists

Medical oncology and hematology
Radiation oncology
Gynecologic oncology
Surgical oncology
Palliative Care
Pediatric hematology and oncology

Contact the UW Carbone Cancer Center

At the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, we treat a variety of cancer types using the latest and most advanced treatments available.

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Patient stories

Meet a few of our patients