University of Colorado Cancer Center has again earned a prestigious grant
from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support research and operations.
Additionally, the CU Cancer Center is designated a “comprehensive cancer
center”, recognizing the Center’s excellence across all aspects of cancer
research and oncology care.
Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) recognizes the CU Cancer Center as the state
of Colorado’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, one of 47 such
centers in the United States to earn the distinction.
know each person associated with our center works diligently every day to
better understand and fight cancer,” says Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, director of
the CU Cancer Center. “This designation shows the sum of these efforts – it’s
the recognition that each person is doing his or her part resulting in an
CCSG award is the result of a rigorous evaluation process culminating in a
visit from a NCI Site Visit Team in June 2016 and the centers best-ever rating.
The NCI also recognized the
Center’s unique structure as a “consortium” center. Rather than relying on a
localized, one-campus system, the CU Cancer Center represents the collaboration
of members at multiple institutions including University of Colorado Boulder,
University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus, and Colorado State
University (with most CSU members coming from the Flint Animal Cancer
Center). Also included in the consortium are CU Cancer Center’s clinical
partners University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and
Denver VA Medical Center. Partner institutions including University of Colorado
Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado are consistently in the top tier of
U.S. News & World Report rankings.
strength of our consortium is in the wide variety of cancer research that takes
place in Colorado,” says Theodorescu. “Our physician/scientists are leading the
way in discovering how cancer works on the cellular level, the best ways to
treat cancer, and the most effective ways to prevent cancer from recurring or
even preventing it altogether.”
The CU Cancer Center is part of
the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 27 leading
cancer centers shaping the gold standard in cancer care. NCCN guidelines are
followed by oncologists across the U.S. and the world. The Center also joined the
Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), a collaboration designed to
accelerate and magnify the power of cancer clinical trials by sharing patient
genetic information and outcome data.
“The CU Cancer Center is an
invaluable resource in the state of Colorado and in many ways represents the
state cancer center. We offer our patients the ability to receive cancer
treatment that is second to none in the same place where our leading scientists
are discovering tomorrow’s cancer therapies,” says Theodorescu. “Anyone can use
the term cancer center, but the NCI designation as a ‘comprehensive cancer
center’ sets us apart from every other cancer center in Colorado.”
The CU Cancer Center first
received its NCI designation in 1987 as a clinical cancer center. In 1997, it
received its “comprehensive” designation and in 2005, its “consortium”
designation. This is the fifth time the CU Cancer Center has been designated a
comprehensive cancer center by the NCI. The designation lasts five years and
the support grant covers the same time period.