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Why Choose UC San Diego Health for Your Cancer Care?

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The only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego

One of the most important decisions you can make after a diagnosis of cancer is where to get your care. Not all places are equal. There are only a select number of centers in the United States that are designated by the National Cancer Institute as Comprehensive Cancer Centers. These are extraordinary places where the toughest cancer cases are successfully diagnosed and treated. Moores Cancer Center is one of them — and the only one in the San Diego region. 

Our cancer services were also ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report in 2020.

Cancers we treat

A team of experts for every patient

Our doctors are focused on one thing: making sure you receive the most advanced and effective treatments available for your unique diagnosis.

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Dr. Christopher Kane describes how our team approach sets the standard for cancer care in San Diego.

Our 14 cancer teams include top experts from every subspecialty area, including common and rare cancers. Our doctors help decide the nation’s guidelines for cancer care — which means you’re assured of receiving the most promising treatments available.

They meet regularly to discuss your case and the best recommendations for your situation, including new immunotherapy and precision-targeted treatments that are available only through clinical trials.

That’s why Moores Cancer Center is San Diego's premier cancer care center.

Superior survival and recovery rates

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Treatment at an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center means superior survival and recovery rates due to advanced supportive care, access to breakthrough clinical trials, and utilization of quality metrics.

Your care will be influenced by the latest research — we currently offer more than 170 open treatment trials. These investigational therapies include highly personalized stem cell-based approaches and immunotherapies that leverage the inherent healing powers of the human body. Learn about or search for clinical trials.

Treatment and support for the whole patient

In addition, you’ll have access to resources such as genetic counseling, rehabilitation therapy, nutrition planning, classes, support groups for patients and caregivers, mind and body workshops, and more.

Extraordinary healing environment

gardenMoores Cancer Center was designed with you and your family in mind. Our distinctive building, which surrounds a bamboo courtyard, is located on UC San Diego Health’s La Jolla campus. It unites cancer-related research laboratories, clinical trials, prevention and outreach programs, and patient care under one roof — a design that encourages interaction and intellectual exchanges between our world-renowned clinicians and researchers.

In fact, many Moores Cancer Center medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons are physician-scientists who not only care for patients, but also work to discover, develop and test new and better treatments in their laboratories.

Procedures that require an overnight stay are usually performed at Jacobs Medical Center. This world-class hospital includes three floors dedicated to advanced oncology care and a surgery pavilion that offers minimally invasive approaches, robotics, transplantation and other combinations of 3D technologies and lifesaving techniques that are only found at UC San Diego Health. We also offer appointments and services at Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion in La Jolla and in Encinitas, Vista, and Hillcrest. 

Our patients: Clay’s story

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We treat each of our patients as individuals. After Marine Staff Sergeant Clay Treska was diagnosed with terminal testicular cancer and given four months to live, he came to UC San Diego Health. While undergoing the cancer treatment that ultimately saved his life, he did the unthinkable — he trained for his first Ironman triathlon.