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UC Cancer Center

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center

The University of Cincinnati, UC Health, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are excited to announce the formation of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center.


We want to thank you for your interest in our program. Our overwhelming priority is to do all that we can to minimize the suffering and mortality associated with cancer in the Greater Cincinnati region. This includes providing the best possible care for the patients whom we have the privilege of seeing, training personnel who work throughout the region, and being at the forefront of advances and new discoveries in the field. As the region’s academic medical center, we have subspecialized physicians and well-organized multidisciplinary working groups that focus on each cancer type. Every patient is treated as an individual, and specific treatment algorithms are formulated for them. Patients’ situations, scans, and slides are reviewed in tumor boards with tremendous expertise in the room, including the particular surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic oncologists, and pathologists who focus on each particular cancer type.

“Great care begins with a great plan, and we want patients to have an excellent plan of care from the start. Our mission is to raise the level of care throughout the region in any way that we can. No one wants the diagnosis of cancer; but if you have to face this adversary, we want Cincinnati to be the very best place to be.”
William L. Barrett, MD, Co-Director UC Cancer Center, Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology
Syed Ahmad, MD, Co-Director UC Cancer Center, Professor of Surgery

William L. Barrett, MD, and Syed Ahmad, MD, Co-Directors of the UC Cancer Center.

UC Cancer Center Highlights

  • The UC Cancer Center has been awarded continuous accreditation by the Commission on Cancer since 1934, making it one of the nation’s top five longest accredited cancer programs.
  • Our Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center is one of just 16 centers nationally to maintain triple accreditation from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC), the American College of Radiology, and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
  • UC Health is the region’s only adult FACT accredited academic health system.
  • 94% of patients would recommend their UC Cancer Center doctor to friends and family.
  • 98% of all cancer patients were able to get a routine appointment in 2019 as soon as they needed it.
  • As one of 50 participating sites in the Oncofertility Consortium, a nationwide program overseen by the National Institutes of Health, UC Cancer Center provides access to the latest clinical care initiatives and translational research in fertility preservation.
  • UC Health’s Lung Cancer Screening Program was the first lung cancer screening program in the region and the only one to have a multidisciplinary team of lung cancer experts who have expertise in lung cancer screening.
  • UC Cancer Center is part of the Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group, a multicenter group of 12 ocular oncology centers in North America that is researching RNA characteristics of ocular melanoma to help predict the likelihood of it spreading to other body parts, which will help inform targeted therapy options.
  • UC Cancer Center’s participation rate in interventional trials is higher than the national average, reported by the National Cancer Institute.