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What does it mean to be a comprehensive cancer center?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota’s designation as a comprehensive cancer center for another five years, the longest term possible.

The NCI recognizes different types of cancer research centers, ranging from centers specializing solely in laboratory science to centers with a broad range of research and patient services. The NCI awards the prestigious comprehensive designation only to institutions that make ongoing, significant advances in cancer research, treatment, and education.

NCI-designated cancer centers provide a setting in which common scientific goals, a collaborative work environment, and shared resources propel basic, clinical, and population research forward faster. They are not only the primary source of knowledge about preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer, but they also deliver this new information to cancer patients, their families, health-care professionals, and the community at large.

The Masonic Cancer Center is one of 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and the only one in the greater Twin Cities area.

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