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Comprehensive Cancer Center

Designated by the National Cancer Institute

The UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute since 1976. The NCI granted UCLA gold-star comprehensive status for maintaining the highest standards of excellence in research, education and patient care.

History

In the late 1960s, a group of scientists and volunteers at UCLA came together to develop a cancer center they hoped would become renowned for excellence in research, education and patient care.

In 1976, the cancer center at UCLA was designated "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Of the 69 NCI cancer center programs nationwide, only 47 receive the gold-star comprehensive status. UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) receives this honor for maintaining the highest standards of excellence in patient care, education, basic science, clinical research and cancer prevention.