Cancer Center exterior shot Cancer patients throughout inland Northern California from Sacramento to the Oregon border have access to care among the best in the world. UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s integrated cancer research programs, innovative biomedical technologies and cancer health outreach and education have earned “comprehensive” designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Sacramento and all of inland Northern California to have earned the designation, the world’s most prestigious institutional honor in oncology, awarded to only about one percent of cancer centers nationwide.

What does NCI designation mean to patients?

“Comprehensive” designation means patients get access to leading-edge treatments, including development of personalized therapies based on the unique molecular characteristics of individual patients’ tumors, and access to clinical trials in early phases of drug development. It also means that the physicians who see patients in clinic are collaborating with researchers to develop new approaches to detecting, preventing and beating cancer for all populations.

How many other cancer centers have this designation?

UC Davis Comprehensive Center is one of only 51 cancer centers in the United States designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

Where are the NCI-designated comprehensive designated centers?

Northern California

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Stanford University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Southern California

  • UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center


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