NCI-designated Cancer Centers
National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific excellence and extensive resources focused on cancer and cancer-related problems.
The Cancer Centers are a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health-care professionals and the public, and reach out to underserved populations. They may be freestanding organizations, a center within an academic institution, or part of a consortium of institutions.
NCI-designation is voluntary and is awarded via a grant using a peer-review process. All NCI-designated cancer centers receive substantial financial support from NCI grants and are reevaluated each time their cancer center support grant comes up for renewal (generally every 3 to 5 years). The NCI recognizes two types of centers: Cancer Centers and Comprehensive Cancer Centers, based on the type of grant received. In terms of patient care, there is no difference in the quality of care they each provide.
For more information on NCI-designated Cancer Centers, go to the Cancer Centers Program on the Internet at:
To search for NCI-designated Cancer Centers, see search criteria listed below.
To view a list of all NCI-designated cancer centers in Spanish, go to
Programa de Centros Oncológicos del Instituto Nacional del Cáncer.
How to Search:
To search for cancer centers located in selected
States and U.S. Territories
, highlight one or more states or territories. To search by
type of cancer center
, select a checkbox(es) or select ALL cancer centers.
States and U.S. Territories
District of Columbia
Northern Mariana Islands
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Types of Cancer Centers
Select the checkbox(es) to indicate the types of cancer centers you wish to search. To see expanded definitions of the cancer centers, click
Provides patient services:
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Provides patient services; conducts basic, population sciences, and clinical research; and engages in outreach and education activities.
Provides patient services; and conducts basic, population sciences, and clinical research.
Does not provide patient services:
Conducts laboratory research only.
Cancer Center Name
Enter a word (or part of a word) in this keyword box. The search returns an exact match. For example, typing "Jo" will display cancer centers that include Jonsson, John, etc.
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