National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute first received National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in 1997.  Today, we are the only NCI-designated Cancer Center between Seattle and Sacramento – an honor earned only by the nation's top cancer centers.

We employ hundreds of researchers, of which about 170 have formal membership within the cancer institute. In 2014, the institute supported more than 400 clinical research studies that were open for enrollment.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the headquarters for the NCI's  SWOG collaborative, a cancer research cooperative group that designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting and treating cancer and enhancing quality of life for cancer survivors.

What is National Cancer Institute designation?

NCI Designated Cancer CenterThe National Cancer Act of 1971, enacted as part of the nation’s war on cancer, established the Cancer Centers Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This branch was charged with developing a network of distinguished cancer-research organizations characterized by scientific excellence and the ability to bring a diversity of research approaches to bear on the problem of cancer.

According to the NCI, its designated centers "are the major sources of new knowledge relating to the nature of cancer and of new and more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and therapy."

What does NCI designation mean to patients?

Here is what the NCI has to say:

  • "Research in cancer centers... offers patients options for prevention, diagnosis and treatment that may not be available elsewhere."
  • "Patients benefit in better access to the latest therapies and better opportunities to take part in early trials of promising treatments."
  • "NCI-designated) centers play an important role in their communities and regions and serve to influence standards of cancer prevention and treatment."

Where are the NCI-designated centers?

Visit the NCI Cancer Centers program website for a  complete list.

commission on cancerCommission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings.

Accreditation as a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program hospital or facility ensures you high-quality, comprehensive care from teams of specialists who can coordinate the best treatment options available for you.
For more information, visit the CoC website.

OHSU is proud to be recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) by the CoC. The OAA acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients and demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards during their accreditation survey cycle. OHSU is one of 24 hospitals nationwide to receive this recognition.

OHSU Cancer Committee Outcomes Reports

AACIAssociation of American Cancer Institutes

Members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes are dedicated to eradicating cancer through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program of cancer research, treatment, patient care, prevention, education and community outreach.
For more information, visit the AACI web site.

Other distinctions and accreditations

OHSU holds a number of other distinctions, accreditations and affiliationsthat relate to the depth, breadth and quality of our expertise in cancer care. We are committed to care of the highest caliber, personalized for each patient, and delivered with meticulous attention to quality.