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What is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center?

The Kimmel Cancer Center is proud of its status as a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. The NCI-designated cancer centers were established to be national leaders in cancer treatment, research, and education. To gain a designation, the highest ranking given by the NCI, a center must meet specific criteria:

Finally, the NCI Cancer Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by the president of the United States to oversee the NCI's programs and policies, must recommend approval for a center to receive the comprehensive designation. The center must repeat an external review of the steps above every three to five years.


To learn more about NCI Cancer Centers Program, click here.