Stanford Cancer Institute Designated NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center


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Our faculty and staff work together every day to improve the understanding and treatment of cancer and to reduce its burden on patients and families.
— Beverly Mitchell, MD

The Stanford Cancer Institute has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The designation is recognition of the Institute’s robust and integrated programs encompassing laboratory research, clinical care, and community outreach and education.

The Institute’s mission is to support and coordinate the wide range of cancer-related activities—in basic, translational, clinical, and population-based science—occurring at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, along with its partner institution, the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Its nearly 400 members include scientists and physicians from a wide range of disciplines, all collaborating to translate research advances into improved cancer treatments.

The Institute achieved its initial NCI “cancer center” designation in 2007 and in less than 8 years has expanded its reach and its programs to earn the “comprehensive” status. The NCI’s site review summary noted that the Institute “is clearly poised to make significant contributions to cancer research in the next 5 years.”

“This achievement is a testament to the talent and dedication of our members,” said Beverly Mitchell, MD, Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine. “Our faculty and staff work together every day to improve the understanding and treatment of cancer and to reduce its burden on patients and families.”

In partnership with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, the Institute has undertaken a broad effort to transform the cancer patient experience by blending Stanford science with new models of patient care that incorporate concern for the psychological welfare of patients and families. This initiative is aimed at providing exceptional cancer care and improving the lives of patients. ■



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