University of Arizona Cancer Center

“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 45.7/100

Founded: 1976

Beds: 460

Clinicians/researchers: 300





Research focus: 

Cancer biology, cancer imaging, cancer prevention and control, and therapeutic development.


Clinic at-a-glance:

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. U.S. News & World Report gives its highest grade to this institution for use of advanced technologies and second-highest grade for longer-than-expected patient survival. The center is known for creative collaborations, excellence in research, and research-driven, multidisciplinary cancer prevention and patient care programs. Patients receive individually tailored treatment delivered by multidisciplinary teams of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, genetic counselors and other specialized experts as required. A significant part of the center’s research work involves studying oncogenesis at both the molecular and cellular levels (genetic, epigenetic and signaling mechanisms, as well as the biology of invasion and metastasis and stromal-cellular interactions).