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What Constitutes an NCI-Designated Center

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Below are the definitions of the NCI‘s designated cancer programs:

Comprehensive Cancer Program

  • Services available – Full range for diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Qualifications of staff – Major specialty boards, including those in oncology, where offered
  • Fellowships in Oncology – Advanced oncologic fellowship programs that lead to board eligibility
  • Research – Required
  • Conferences required – Weekly

Teaching Hospital Cancer Program

  • Services available – Full range for diagnosis and treatment of cancer; radiation therapy may be conducted elsewhere
  • Qualifications of staff – Major specialty boards, including those in oncology, where offered
  • Fellowships in oncology – Optional
  • Research – Required
  • Conferences required – Weekly

Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program

  • Services available – Full range of diagnosis and treatment of cancer, but patients may need referral for portion of treatment
  • Qualifications of staff – Major specialty boards, including those in oncology, where offered
  • Fellowships in oncology – Optional
  • Research – Optional
  • Conferences required – Weekly

Community Hospital Cancer Program

  • Services – Full range for diagnosis and treatment of cancer, but patients may need referral for portion of treatment
  • Qualifications of staff – Major appropriate specialties represented or available
  • Fellowships in oncology – Optional
  • Research – Optional
  • Conferences required – Monthly or twice each month as appropriate to annual analytic caseload