The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is dedicated to the process of discovery, advancing medical knowledge, and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care.
At the Lurie Cancer Center, outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research complements a full range of prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care programs for all types of cancer. Primary and tertiary programs on the main medical center campus treat more than 5,000 new cancer cases annually.
The Lurie Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Illinois, and one of only 39 in the country. In addition, we are a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an exclusive alliance of 21 of the nations leading cancer centers.
To gain a "comprehensive" designation (the highest ranking given by the National Cancer Institute), a center must meet specific criteria:
- Strong basic laboratory and clinical cancer research and the translational research that forms the bridge between them
- Innovative cancer treatments involving clinical trials
- Cancer prevention and control programs
- Training and education of health care professionals
- Cancer information services
- Community outreach and education