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About the Center

Optimism. Determination. Faith. These are words to live by if you are battling cancer. As the second leading cause of death nationally, and with more than 200 types of cancer currently identified, this disease seems to know no bounds.

However, hundreds of scientists, clinicians, research assistants, nurses, technicians and staff come together every day within the most comprehensive academic medical center in the Southeast to investigate and analyze new information and to channel their discoveries into better therapies for cancer patients.  Their work adds one more powerful word to a cancer patient’s vocabulary – Hope.

We are the University of Florida Health Cancer Center – more than 250 researchers and clinicians at the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare who conduct research for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The center’s collaborative research model encourages the translation of basic laboratory findings to novel curative and preventive therapies.

The multidisciplinary membership of the Cancer Center is its strength.  Researchers are drawn from throughout UF, including six colleges within the Health Science Center – Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine.  Exciting collaborations with the College of Engineering are enabling scientists to use UF’s “supercomputer,” nanotechnology, and other technological advancements to develop new therapies and techniques.  Additional collaborations occur within dozens of UF multidisciplinary centers and institutes, including the McKnight Brain Institute, Proton Therapy Institute – one of only seven such facilities in the nation – Genetics Institute, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Institute on Aging, and Emerging Pathogens Institute.

Our mission is and will always be dedicated to:

  • Providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment, prevention, control and education
  • Conducting original scientific research aimed at discovery
  • Fostering collaboration to turn research findings into new therapies
  • And, ultimately, offering hope in the face of a daunting diagnosis

Our goal is to generate tomorrow’s answers for today’s patients.