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  Colorado’s Only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Colorado, and one of only 41 in the nation. This elite designation requires the membership of 400+ researchers and physicians to maintain a robust, peer-reviewed program of excellence in the core areas of research, treatment, education, community outreach as well as prevention, control and survivorship programs.

In addition, the CU Cancer Center is one of a only a handful of Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation that maintains a consortium. The consortium is comprised of three state universities (University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University) and five medical centers (University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, National Jewish Health, Denver Health & Hospital Authority, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and one health maintenance organization (Kaiser Permanente Colorado), all leaders in cancer research and treatment in Colorado.

In 2013 the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) elected the CU Cancer Center as a member institution. As part of NCCN, CU Cancer Center’s researchers contribute their expertise and ideas to the organization’s national and international initiatives in patient care. 



To discover, develop and deliver breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention that improve cancer care locally, nationally and globally. These efforts form the basis of a comprehensive spectrum of translational prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and outreach programs and provide a framework for training the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians.


To transform cancer research and practice in the state of Colorado by creating an integrated interdisciplinary nexus of clinicians and scientists across our statewide consortium that can leverage, synergize, marshal and focus resources and expertise to discover new ways to prevent and treat cancer.