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The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is a cancer research and treatment center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Serving patients at the N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger is the only public comprehensive cancer center in the state of North Carolina.

One of the leading cancer centers in the nation, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As one of only 57 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, UNC Lineberger was rated as exceptional – the highest category – by the National Cancer Institute. The center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

With research that spans the spectrum from the laboratory to the bedside to the community, UNC Lineberger faculty work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials.

Our members

UNC Lineberger’s members hail from more than 40 departments from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Nursing, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, and UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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For the people

With support from the state of North Carolina for the construction of the state’s only comprehensive cancer hospital – the N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital – and through the University Cancer Research Fund, our faculty treat cancer patients, conduct research into the causes of cancer and search for new treatments, develop and direct statewide programs in cancer prevention, and train future physicians, nurses, scientists and public health professionals.

The power of one of the nation’s top public universities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, means that at UNC Lineberger and UNC Cancer Care collaboration, creativity, and innovation are the rule — not the exception.

The Lineberger name

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center was named for the Lineberger family of Belmont, NC – pioneers in the textile industry with a long, distinguished association with the University. Four Lineberger brothers – Archibald ’21, Henry ’24, Harold ’26, and Joe ’33 – were instrumental in the creation of the Lineberger Cancer Research Center, beginning with the establishment of the Lineberger Foundation in 1944.

In 1977, the foundation pledged $1 million to a building fund for a proposed cancer research center building. This gift spurred others to contribute, and more than $4 million was raised. This funding provided the core financing for the original three-story research building that opened in 1984.


NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center