Programs and Research Initiatives

The primary responsibility of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center is to conduct research that will lead to the reduction of cancer morbidity and mortality.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center has four established scientific Research Programs that work together to accomplish the Center’s mission to prevent and cure cancer as well as additional research initiatives.

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Cancer Biology

The research done in the Cancer Biology Program has one primary focus: to discover and understand how cancer works at the most fundamental levels in order to devise approaches to cure and prevent it.

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Cancer Imaging

The scientific goal of the Cancer Imaging Program is to develop and apply imaging technologies and imaging methods to help accomplish the primary mission of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, which is to prevent and cure cancer.

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Cancer Prevention & Control

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPC) is a longstanding component of the University of Arizona Cancer Center that is characterized by its highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team science designed to reduce cancer rates and related burden.

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Therapeutic Development

This program oversees all stages of therapeutic discovery and development, from laboratory-based discovery and development to early-stage translational clinical trials.

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Collaborative Research

Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention

The mission of the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training and community outreach programs in collaboration with the communities they serve.

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Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network

The University of Arizona Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network (UA CP-CTNet) is a major program funded by the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention to perform early phase clinical trials to evaluate the clinical activity and biologic effects of putative preventive agents and to determine clinically relevant correlates in order to identify agents with good safety profiles and preliminary efficacy.

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Innovative working groups

These working groups collaborate concerning a breadth of issues, from benchtop to bedside, involving translational and clinical research with a major emphasis on discovery.

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Skin Cancer Institute

The Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) unites the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s many skin cancer prevention endeavors, bringing together innovative research, clinical care, education and community outreach.

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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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Clinical Research

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is 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. We strive to provide high quality care and ensure both scientific integrity and ethical conduct in all clinical trials.

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Shared Resources

The University of Arizona Cancer Center supports eight Shared Resources funded by the Cancer Center Support Grant and two other resources funded by other sources, intended to provide access to technology that enhances the research productivity of the Cancer Center and provides a basis for scientific interaction and consultation, as well as access to services that facilitate the research and strengthen the administrative and organizational cohesion of the center.

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