Driving cancer research

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and The UW Carbone Cancer Center are leading institutions right here in our community that continue to enrich the lives of our patients, families and neighbors.

UW-Madison’s prominence in cancer research, education and treatment arises from more than six decades of diligence and discovery – beginning with the founding of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in 1940 followed by the formation of the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) in 1973, now known as the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

UW Carbone Cancer Center holds the unique distinction of being the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, the lead federal agency for cancer research.

An integral part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Carbone Cancer Center unites more than 280 physicians and scientists who work together in translating discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients. Our mission is primarily achieved through research programs that bring scientists together from many different disciplines.

More than 30,000 people are seen annually for diagnosis, therapy, follow-up care or consultations at UW Hospital and Clinics , as well as our other clinical locations. UW Hospital and Clinics is consistently in the top 25 of 50 hospitals providing the best cancer care and research efforts in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals”, which is published annually. Most recently, UWHC was named the number one hospital in Wisconsin in this report.

Daily we are reaching out to residents of Wisconsin and beyond – providing them with important health education messages. From technical assistance to educational programs, the Carbone Cancer Center provides a bridge between new research discoveries and their application in the community.