What is a Comprehensive Cancer Center?
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