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We are a nationally recognized leader in cancer care

A woman who is battling cancer holding a cupcake with a candle in it

The fight against cancer is one of the most daunting challenges confronting our health care system today. And nowhere in the United States is that battle raging more fiercely than right here in Kentucky. The state leads the nation in the number of people stricken by the disease, and in the number of cancer-related deaths.

For the past 30 years, UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center has been working hard to change this through state-of-the-art clinical care, research, education and outreach programs. This hard work has resulted in national recognition by the preeminent cancer care quality program in the U.S., the Commission on Cancer. 

In 2015, this Commission granted the Brown Cancer Center their Outstanding Achievement Award, designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the Commission on Cancer’s standards and are committed to ensuring high-quality cancer care.  

    Cancer must become a thing of the past. We at the Brown Cancer Center are determined to make that happen.


    Only a small number of Academic Comprehensive Cancer Programs are accredited in the U.S. and an even smaller number received the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

    What does this mean? This means that the Brown Cancer Center has received special commendation for our clinical research programs, oncology nursing care and quality, in addition to meeting all standards related to physician credentials, patient navigation, survivorship, and cancer prevention and screening.  

    What does this mean to you? This means that when you and your family come to the Brown Cancer Center, you can be confident that you will be receiving the most advanced and very best comprehensive cancer care available anywhere in the U.S.

    We are a nationally recognized center for the development of experimental cancer therapeutics and diagnostics and have the largest cancer trials program in the region. We are a global leader in the clinical trial testing of new immunotherapies that activate your body’s immune system to fight cancer and have become early adopters of these immunotherapies that are reducing the cancer death rate in the U.S.

    Since opening in 1981, the Brown Cancer Center has become home to some of the best scientists and physicians anywhere – delivering many exciting breakthroughs and the highest level clinical care. We provide and develop the most effective approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    Our clinical programs offer patients the latest types of cancer treatments, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care and, as an academic medical center at the forefront of medical research, access to innovative cancer trials.

    With our rapid growth, especially over the past decade, we have become a nationally preeminent academic cancer center.  And through it all, we have kept our original goals at the heart of everything we do to:

    • Deliver the latest in medical advances to our patients, with compassion and respect
    • Raise the standard of cancer care in our region 
    • Generate new knowledge that helps us not just cure cancer in patients today, but prevent it in the next generation
    • Address the prevalence and impact of cancer on Kentuckians through outreach and prevention programs