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Building 23 at the UCI Medical Center, CFCCC

The UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County.

NCI cancer centers are national leaders in cancer research, education and treatment, and centers designated as "comprehensive" are at the forefront, signifying that it has met rigorous criteria aimed at providing world-class patient care and innovative research.

Designated as "comprehensive" in 1994, and renewed in 2015, CFCCC continues to serve as a vital resource for Orange County and surrounding areas in the fight to alleviate the burden of cancer, integrating world-class research, prevention and the most advanced diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation programs to provide the best possible care for patients and their families.

To do this, CFCCC brings together scientists and clinicians from more than 32 departments across six schools at UC Irvine, including the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Information & Computer Science, Engineering and Business.

Members are organized into four themed research programs that provide an interactive and collaborative infrastructure for cancer discovery, clinical investigation including early phase and investigator-initiated trials, and population-based cancer research. The programs are further linked by the CFCCC disease-oriented teams that bring together basic, translational, patient-centered, and clinical investigators to facilitate the movement of CFCCC discoveries through the pipeline into the clinical arena, and research is supported by seven shared resources that provide our members access to state-of-the-art technology, equipment and expert consultation.



Within the broad discipline of cancer medicine, we strive to:


  • Facilitate and promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary basic, translational, patient-centered, and clinical cancer research across UCI and its affiliates
  • Develop new knowledge about the causes, prevention, treatment, and survival of cancer that will change the standards of care nationwide and globally


  • Disseminate this new information to cancer practitioners, caregivers, patients and their families, and the general public, both within our community and nationally
  • Train the next generation of cancer researchers and care providers


  • Deliver the highest quality clinical care to cancer patients through multidisciplinary diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention programs
  • Develop and sustain programs to determine and alleviate the burden of cancer within the community that we serve