Cancer Center


Joann Sweasy, PhD, Joins UA Cancer Center as Associate Director for Basic Sciences

Joann Sweasy, PhD, an expert in DNA repair and genomic instability, has joined the University of Arizona Cancer Center as associate director for basic sciences. Dr. Sweasy also has been appointed to a joint faculty position at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in the Departments of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Radiation Oncology. 

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Dr. Clara Curiel examining a patient.

Skin Cancer Chemoprevention

In every corner of our state, the sun beats down on towering saguaros, gangly roadrunners and dry river beds. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the primary cause of skin cancer, and although they are hard to avoid in Arizona, many steps can be taken to reduce skin-cancer risk.
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Novel Study Discovers ‘Metabolic Fingerprint’ to Help Treat, Diagnose and Prevent Cervical Cancer

Researchers at the University of Arizona have completed a first-of-its-kind study that could aid in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cervical cancer by identifying cervicovaginal metabolic signatures, or “fingerprints,” that distinguish patients with HPV, pre-cancerous cervical conditions and cancer.
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Healing in Motion

Native Americans have the lowest five-year cancer survival rates of any U.S. population. Jennifer Bea, PhD, associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, hopes to improve those statistics with Restoring Balance, a program tailored for a Native population that meets standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
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Community Outreach

Community Outreach and Engagement bridges the Cancer Center and the communities it serves to address the unequal burden of cancer for Arizonans through culturally relevant research, training and community outreach.


Our 16 multidisciplinary disease teams include physicians and health care professionals, offering hundreds of trials to patients.


The UA Cancer Center’s 165 research members, across 10 colleges and 39 departments, bring the power of research to cancer prevention and treatment.

The only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in the state of Arizona.

 Bringing promising new therapies from the laboratory to the bedside is a high priority. The clinician scientists of the University of Arizona Cancer Center are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials, investigating a broad spectrum of new diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies. 

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