The Duke Cancer Institute, formerly known as the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, was established in 1972 and has benefited from continuous recognition and funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of the original 8 centers supported by a Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG). Over the past 38 years of NCI support, the DCI has developed into one of the largest and most active cancer research and clinical enterprises in the world. The DCI is a single entity—the first of its kind at Duke—that integrates and aligns patient care and basic and clinical research with the goals of improving patient outcomes, decreasing the burden of cancer and accelerating scientific progress. To optimize discovery, development and delivery of new treatments for cancer to patients in our community and throughout the world, the DCI is charged and empowered to serve as the center of all activities in cancer at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center.
Leading-edge cancer care and research have been a hallmark of Duke Medicine for nearly 40 years. Today, the Duke Cancer Institute continues to build on its national and global reputation as one of the foremost centers for cancer diagnosis, treatment, research, education, and training.
“It has never been more critical that a leader step forward to accelerate our understanding of cancer — and champion the effort to finally defeat it. That leader will be the Duke Cancer Institute.”–Victor J. Dzau, MD, Duke’s chancellor for health affairs
The Duke Cancer Institute provides specialized care to patients, treating every cancer type, with 100 oncology-dedicated, board-certified physicians and 500 clinical staff — nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and others — dedicated to cancer.
Since 1993, Duke has ranked among the top centers in the nation for cancer services according to U.S.News & World Report and leader in the southeast.
The Duke Cancer Institute is a single entity — the first of its kind at Duke — that brings cancer care and research even closer together. By uniting cancer physicians, researchers, educators, and staff across the medical center, medical school, and health system, the DCI offers unprecedented opportunities for teamwork among the scientists in our labs and caregivers in our hospitals and clinics.
Duke Cancer Institute at a Glance
- DCI serves nearly 6,000 new cancer patients each year — from every state in the nation and every county in North Carolina
- DCI is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center — one of only 41 in the nation
- DCI includes more than 300 researchers and physicians and 500 clinical staff
- DCI includes clinical and research partnerships in India, China, Singapore, and across the United States
- The total investment in the Duke Cancer Institute, including a new cancer center facility, is approximately $400 million
- Duke currently receives nearly $300 million annually in cancer research fundingfrom a variety of sources.
For more information about patient care services at the Duke Cancer Institute or to make an appointment for a new patient, please contact the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853).
Referring physicians can call 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).
The specially trained representatives from the Duke Consultation and Referral Center can:
- Assist you in identifying a Duke doctor with the knowledge and expertise to care for your particular medical condition.
- Facilitate your initial appointment with a Duke physician, in keeping with your insurance’s guidelines for specialty visits and, whenever possible, in the location most convenient for you.
- Help you determine whether your insurance plan gives you access to Duke.
- Help answer other questions you may have about care at Duke.
- Provide information and brochures about clinical services and programs at Duke.
- Provide information about and help you register for community events sponsored by Duke, including classes, seminars, health screenings, and health fairs.
Our representatives are available to help you Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*Source: National Cancer Institute; Duke Cancer Institute Duke University Medical Center