NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Fox Chase Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

One of only 51 centers in the country to qualify for this highest level of designation

As a result, Fox Chase physicians and researchers are frequently involved in setting new guidelines for breakthrough medicine and comprehensive care. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.  Fox Chase Cancer Center has the highest level of designation given by the NCI.

What's the Difference Between an NCI Cancer Center and an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center?

An NCI-designated cancer center means that a center has met NCI standards for cancer prevention, clinical services, or research. A Comprehensive Cancer Center meets NCI standards in all three categories.

This NCI designation supports research, training, health information dissemination and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Fox Chase's five CORE research programs range from understanding the fundamental mechanisms of biomolecular reactions in our Cancer Biology and Blood Cell Development and Function programs, therapy development in our Molecular Therapeutics program to disease management in our Cancer Prevention and Control program. These programs are made possible by our world-renowned researchers and the support of the NCI and donors.  Learn more at