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San Diego's NCI-Designated Cancer Center

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, choosing the right service provider ensures you'll receive the best possible care and support. At academic medical centers such as Moores Cancer Center, affiliated with UC San Diego School of Medicine, world-class researchers are developing and testing the effectiveness of new therapies and medical devices in fields including personalized therapy, immunotherapy, minimally invasive surgeries, and more. In short, we base our treatment plans on the latest advances in medicine.

This approach to cancer research and patient care can only be found in an academic medical setting such as Moores Cancer Center and UC San Diego Health, home to some of the top cancer specialists in the world.

NCI Designation

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which provides research grants and cooperative agreements to coordinate and support research projects. Its Cancer Centers Program is one of the anchors of its cancer research effort, and these designated centers are recognized for scientific leadership and resources.

The designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center is reserved for those with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education, and community contributions. Moores Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County.

This distinction makes an enormous difference for our patients. Studies show that patients treated at NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers have better survival and recovery rates due to the fullness of care, diverse oncology disciplines and subspecialty expertise to treat more than 200 types of cancer, plus access to transformative clinical trials.

Commission on Cancer Accreditation

UC San Diego Health is dedicated to the continuous improvement of our cancer care. Beyond our NCI designation, we participate in many national programs to improve the survival and quality of life for cancer patients.

One of these is our accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, which collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality. The CoC sets quality of care measures for breast and colorectal cancer. Achieving CoC accreditation is one more way we demonstrate our commitment to the highest level of cancer care.

Comission on Cancer

Reports for UC San Diego Health:

Other Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

National Comprehensive Cancer Network QOPI American College of Radiology Magnet NCIW Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy NAP BC National Pancreas Foundation