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NCI Comprehensive Designation

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Virginia's Only Comprehensive Cancer Center

UVA Health Cancer Care began serving the people of Virginia and beyond in 1934. We've been committed to excellence ever since. 

Today we are proud to be a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center.  We're the only such center in Virginia — and one of just 52 in the United States.



Director of UVA Cancer Center Tom Loughran, MD, and gynecologic oncologist Linda Duska, MD, explain the criteria for the designation and how UVA Cancer Center exceeds in these areas. View NCI-designation transcript.

If you have cancer, the UVA Health team is here to help you heal. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center, we:

  • Use advanced tools that help us catch cancer earlier. Treating cancer sooner leads to better outcomes.
  • Continually research and develop life-saving treatments. We then bring the latest innovations to patients.
  • Host clinical trials that offer patients access to promising new therapies.
  • Receive funding from the NCI to provide leading-edge patient care.
  • Strive to break down barriers to cancer prevention, treatment, and education in underserved areas.

The moment you receive a cancer diagnosis changes your life forever. At UVA Health, we deliver expert cancer care to help keep your life on track.