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Home to more than 350 outstanding physicians and scientists who collaborate across the full spectrum of cancer research, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer, to discovering new ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and to transforming the quality of life for cancer patients today and in the future.

Cancer Center leadership

See the leadership of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

National Cancer Institute designations

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is one of 67 U.S. medical centers that have been named National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer centers. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has held this NCI designation since 1973, following the creation of the Cancer Centers Branch of the NCI in 1971.

Mayo Clinic has also met even more rigorous standards for designation by the NCI as a comprehensive cancer center. These standards include:

  • Basic laboratory research
  • Participation in high-priority NCI clinical studies
  • Applied and clinical research
  • Cancer prevention and control programs
  • Education and training of health care professionals
  • Public information services
  • Community service and outreach

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives more than $140 million in competitive peer review grants, including the NCI's highly sought Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has four NCI SPORE grants and one SPORE grant that is shared with another institution. These SPORE grants support research in brain cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and lymphoma.

Cancer clinical trials

Mayo Clinic is a leader in translating knowledge gained from cancer research into better patient care.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center patients have access to hundreds of clinical trials led by Mayo Clinic scientists. Trials are also available through the Cancer Prevention Network, a clinical trial study group whose administrative and research base is at Mayo Clinic. Still more trials are available through cooperative research agreements with the National Cancer Institute, the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and other clinical trial groups.

Look for a clinical trial to participate in.

Cancer patient care

Mayo Clinic's philosophy of patient care, laid out more than 100 years ago, emphasizes developing medicine as a cooperative science with the clinician and the laboratory scientist uniting for the good of the patient. More than 135,000 cancer patients come to Mayo Clinic each year.

That philosophy, still so relevant today, enables Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers to form productive collaborations across cancer programs and specialties. Their collective knowledge enhances the potential for breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has 10 major cancer research programs that translate scientific discoveries in the laboratory into leading-edge treatments and therapies for patients. These research programs benefit from the crucial infrastructure and scientific support of 13 shared resources.

Learn more about cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic.

Making a difference

Mayo Clinic's physicians and scientists strive to help patients and caregivers manage a cancer diagnosis and to find individualized solutions that address all aspects of their cancer journey. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is committed to making a difference for all those affected by cancer, including individuals like these:

You can also make a difference. Each patient, clinical trial participant and benefactor along the path of discovery helps advance the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center's goal of identifying a cure for cancer. Find out how to make a difference by supporting Mayo Clinic's cancer research.