Our pediatric cancer program is a core part of the internationally recognized University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is dedicated to uncovering the causes of cancer and in finding the best methods to cure and prevent cancer. The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the state. Here, nearly 200 of the brightest minds in research are focused on cancer discoveries--working together to bring breakthroughs from the lab to the bedside as quickly as possible. This concentration of leading cancer scientists in basic, translational, clinical and population research is unmatched in Illinois.


The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center receives more research funding from the NCI than any other institution in the state. Funding from the NCI and other highly respected organizations provides valuable resources for a wide variety of cancer-fighting efforts, from investigating hematological malignant diseases, to developing new treatments for neuroblastoma and sarcoma. Other key programs are researching the best match of medicines to patients' specific genetic types (pharmacogenomics), and are advancing medical imaging techniques to better detect and visualize tumors.