As institutions funded through the state’s Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program, the state’s three academic cancer centers —Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center — comprise the Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance.
Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, has made a lasting commitment to the prevention and cure of cancer, working tirelessly in the areas of patient care, research and education to advance one step further in fighting this disease.
As part of an elite group of National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Moffitt focuses on the development of early stage translational research aimed at the rapid translation of scientific discoveries to benefit patient care.
Since our first patient admission in October 1986, Moffitt physicians, scientists and staff members have worked together to establish a tradition of excellence offered in an atmosphere characterized by kindness, caring and hope. Our future growth in clinical care and research rests firmly on this tradition and makes possible the changes ahead.
Moffitt Cancer Center is one of 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country and the only one based in Florida. The designation is bestowed upon institutions that have significant peer-reviewed research funding; high-quality programs in basic, translational and population research; are dedicated to developing more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy; educate health care professionals and the public; and reach out to underserved populations.
Moffitt’s impact on cancer research spans basic science, prevention and clinical research with a focus on translating discoveries into better care.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Since its inception as a dedicated, comprehensive cancer center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been the cancer brand for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. As the only university-based cancer center in South Florida, Sylvester has transformed cancer research and treatment in South Florida.
Sylvester’s main inpatient and outpatient facility is located on the central medical campus in the heart of Miami. Its physicians care for cancer patients at University of Miami Hospital, UMHC – University of Miami Hospital & Clinics, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and the Miami VA Medical Center. It also provides state-of-the-art cancer care at six satellite facilities: Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation, Hollywood, Sylvester West, and Kendall.
As a university-based cancer center, Sylvester physicians and scientists apply research breakthroughs from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. Sylvester closely evaluates the effectiveness of new treatments, and shares clinical insights with laboratory investigators, leading to improvements that benefit patient care. This type of translational research is the cornerstone of our comprehensive cancer center, providing us the ability to accurately treat a wide range of cancers across 15 site diseases and from stage one to stage four.
Sylvester patients also have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials that offer new treatment approaches and help the scientific community answer questions about new ways of using existing drugs to fight cancer.
With more than 250 physicians and scientists dedicated to cancer care and research, Sylvester is leading the way in cancer research, treatment, and prevention. Its teams of cancer experts have developed or are pioneering among the most innovative strategies to fight some of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer. Every day, our physicians and scientists within the cancer center’s site disease groups and multidisciplinary research programs, are discovering exciting new breakthroughs that are quickly transforming the way cancer patients are diagnosed and treated.
UF Health Cancer Center
The University of Florida is a world leader in interdisciplinary research and the UF Health Cancer Center is designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities that focus on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.
The UF Health Cancer Center is part of the University of Florida Health Academic Medical Center, one of the most comprehensive academic medical centers in the southeastern United States and located on the campus of University of Florida – a top-20 public research university. The center’s membership is comprised of more than 250 researchers and clinicians drawn from two campuses, 12 colleges, 72 departments, two major teaching hospitals – UF Health Shands Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville – and the nation’s largest Veterans Administration hospital, the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.
The UF Health Cancer Center is dedicated to: (1) providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment, prevention, control, and education to individuals of diverse races and ethnicities; (2) conducting original scientific research aimed at discovering and comparing mechanisms of cancer-causing and normal cell growth; and (3) fostering coordination and collaboration that facilitates clinical translation of novel research findings into new therapeutic, diagnostic, or preventive trials.
Activities and programs at the UF Health Cancer Center are acutely focused on the development of early-stage translational research aimed at the rapid advancement of scientific discoveries to clinical trials and resulting in improved patient care. The research and clinical facilities of the UF Health Cancer Center represent a statewide resource that is sensitive to meeting the needs of Floridians. The center’s research and patient-care collaborations also have links to other institutions, including UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.