The Mayo Clinic cancer Centers, originating in Rochester, Minnesota, are part of a larger, non-profit medical practice with a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designation located on three campuses in three different states.
The NCI has two designations for cancer centers. The first, Comprehensive cancer Centers, 41 in number, must demonstrate expertise in laboratory, clinical, behavioral and population-based research, and must initiate and conduct clinical trials by recruiting patients. They are also expected to participate in community outreach, education, and information delivery to both healthcare professionals and the public.
The second designation, cancer Centers, are expected to conduct basic, clinical and population research, and are encouraged to effectively collaborate in more than one field of study. Several of these centers conduct only laboratory research and do not provide patient care. There are 23 of these facilities.
Headquartered in the Mayo Medical Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic cancer Centers comprise a network of hospitals, clinics and research facilities in Rochester, Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, the Mayo Clinic partners with a number of smaller clinics and hospitals in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin under its parent organization, the Mayo Health System.
From its three campuses, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center physicians, scientists and specialists collaborate across a broad spectrum of cancer-related specialties, from basic biology to treatment, in an effort to find innovative ways to reduce the cancer burden on society.
Founded by Dr. William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant physician who moved to Minnesota near the turn of the last century, the practice later expanded to include his sons, William James and Charles Horace, who – in 1919 – found the Mayo Properties Association, which became a non-profit entity.
In 1917, a $2-million bequest from doctors Charles and William (junior) Mayo helped found the University of Minnesota Medical School. It wasn’t until 1972 that the Mayo Clinic established it own medical school in Rochester.
The Mayo campus in Rochester now occupies roughly three times the area of the Mall of America and employs more than 30,000 people. At Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, 12 NCI-funded programs advance participation and collaboration in the fields of:
- Cancer Imaging
- Cancer Prevention and Control
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Therapeutics
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Gene and Virus Therapy
- Genetic Epidemiology and Risk Assessment (GERA)
- Hematologic Malignancies
- Immunology and Immunotherapy
- Prostate Cancer
- Women’s Cancer
Mayo Clinic also has a Health Disparities initiative, which focuses on female participation in clinical trials and ensures optimum health care for all patients regardless of race or ethnicity. These initiatives are designed to attract and include minority participants in ongoing trials to provide exclusive insights into ethnic-related cancers, and to reach underserved populations at each of its three campuses.
In addition, working in grant areas established by the NCI under the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) Program, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center – which has captured a remarkable six out of the 58 grants awarded – is working in the areas of:
1. Brain cancer
2. Breast cancer
5. Pancreatic cancer
6. Prostate cancer
Contact the Mayo Clinic cancer Centers
For more information about the Mayo Clinic cancer Centers, visit their website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/, or call the appointment numbers shown below for each campus.
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Appointments: (507) 538-3270
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Mayo Clinic in Arizona
13400 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Appointments: (800) 446-2279
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Mayo Clinic in Florida
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Appointments: (904) 953-0853
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