Cancer Research and Patient Care

Devising New Techniques to Fight Cancer, Improve Lives

Columbia’s interest in cancer treatment dates from 1911 with the creation of the Institute for Cancer Research. Initially funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1972 and designated comprehensive in 1979, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) is one of only 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, of which only three are in New York State.

The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center is Columbia University’s organizational structure for the conduct of basic, clinical and population-based cancer research and patient care. Cancer Center researchers and physicians are dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer and to applying that knowledge to the design of cancer therapies and prevention strategies that reduce its incidence and progression and improve the quality of the lives of those affected by cancer.

Today, the HICCC has more than 200 members from six schools at Columbia University. Current NCI funding to members is more than $33.0 million and Cancer Center members have been awarded over $95.0 million (total costs) in total peer-reviewed cancer research grants.

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The Future is Now: Innovations in Cancer Research and Care