The National Cancer Institute (NCI) first designated the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1990. A designation awarded to only 45 cancer centers nationwide, UNC Lineberger is the only public Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Carolina to have this designation.
This designation recognizes our ability to deliver leading-edge cancer treatments to patients from across North Carolina. It also demonstrates our contributions to the extraordinary advances in understanding cancer mechanics, as well as prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of different populations.
Institutions receiving designation status from NCI must:
- Demonstrate expertise in three areas: laboratory, clinical, and behavioral and population-based research;
- Initiate and conduct early-phase, innovative clinical trials and participate in the NCI’s cooperative groups by providing leadership and recruiting patients for trials; and
- Conduct activities in outreach and education and provide information on advances in healthcare for both healthcare professionals and the public.
The NCI’s website provides an accurate, up-to-date listing of all designated cancer centers. For more information about the NCI, visit its website.