Arizona Cancer Center | University of Arizona

The Arizona Cancer Center (AZCC) was founded in 1976, as a Division of the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. In 1990, the AZCC was designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the NCI. Currently, the Arizona Cancer Center is one of only two comprehensive cancer centers within the five-state region of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The Center is well situated to provide care for the diversity of populations in Arizona and the Southwest, including a predominance of Latino, American Indian, and white, non-Latino. Our mission is to prevent and cure cancer, and to accomplish our mission, the basic, translational/ clinical, and cancer prevention and control research is carried out in six programs, including molecular genetics, cancer metastases and signaling, cancer imaging and technology, gastrointestinal cancer, therapeutic development and cancer prevention and control. Currently comprised of more than 200 well-recognized researchers, faculty, and physicians working in Tucson and Phoenix, as well as a large support staff, the Center is directed by David S. Alberts, M.D. Under his dedicated leadership, the Arizona Cancer Center continues to expand in both its size and mission to serve the citizens of Arizona, the Southwest, and beyond.
The heart of the Center’s success is its vision in exploring the frontiers of cancer research and treatment. The Center is well known for its translational research and for its Cancer Prevention and Control Program, which is one of the largest in the country. AZCC’s translational research has spawned several new agents which were discovered at the Arizona Cancer Center, many of which are currently in clinical trials both at the Center and nationally. For fiscal year 2004, the Arizona Cancer Center ranked number 16 nationally in the total amount of dollars awarded from the National Cancer Institute ($37,534,303). And among more than 1,958 hospitals nationwide, the Center’s hospital affiliate, University Medical Center, ranked 20th in the nation for cancer care, according to U.S News and World Report’s 15th annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals.”
*Source: National Cancer Institute