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Director's Message - Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD

Translating Science into Life

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD
When most people think of a cancer center they picture a building. In this building are rooms and beds and patients and doctors and nurses and all sorts of equipment that beeps and drips and takes pictures.
Sure, the University of Colorado Cancer Center has that building. Actually we have many—CU Cancer Center's primary clinical care partners, University of Colorado Hospital, was recently ranked #15 for cancer care among more than 900 hospitals profiled by U.S. News & World Report; and Children’s Hospital Colorado was ranked #9 for pediatric cancer care on this list. We also partner with Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
University of Colorado Health provides care and cutting-edge clinical trials at facilities from Colorado Springs through Denver and Fort Collins and into Wyoming.
But the University of Colorado Cancer Center is more than these buildings. We are the heart and soul of what goes into these buildings.
Think of our hospitals as the hubs of bike wheels with spokes radiating out from the center. Each spoke pulls in the care we’re able to deliver. One spoke reaches CU-Boulder and the Biofrontiers Institute, where CU Cancer Center investigators who work at the university are discovering the basic biology and chemistry of cancer cells that allows us to offer personalized, genetically targeted treatments for the many subtypes of cancer.
Another spoke reaches out to Colorado State University where veterinarians at the world class Flint Animal Cancer Center are delivering innovative and compassionate cancer care to animals, which influences our understanding of the disease in humans.
Still more spokes radiate out to laboratories on the Anschutz Medical Campus. And others lead to offices and clinics at a host of other institutions across the state where CU Cancer Center investigators are researching new treatments and training the next generation of doctors to deliver this innovative care.
That’s why we’re the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Colorado, and why we’re NCI-designated as comprehensive and also as a consortium. The CU Cancer Center is also one of the 25 members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the collaborative body that publishes the widely used guidelines for the standards of care.
Rather than a building or even many buildings, the University of Colorado Cancer Center is made up of people. We are made up of experts located across the state at many institutions, who collaborate with researchers across the U.S. and beyond.
Through research, testing, and clinical care, the University of Colorado Cancer Center is working to discover and shape tomorrow's treatments. Through our clinical care partners, we are working to deliver this personalized oncology care today, with compassion and precision to patients who need it. The goal of all this expertise working together is to make cancer a manageable disease.
Warm regards,
Paul A. Bunn Professor of Cancer Research
Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Pharmacology