Nearly 70 health centers across the country are leading the conversation on cancer care.\nThey\u2019re called National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers \u2014 a network of the top four percent of cancer programs nationwide that work together to pioneer cancer treatments and initiatives.\nAnd when you\u2019re\u00a0facing a cancer diagnosis, it\u2019s important to know where you can find this world-class care in your own community. University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with\u00a0UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania.\nWhat is an NCI Cancer Center?\nThe NCI is the federal government\u2019s principal agency for cancer research and training. The organization supports a national network of cancer centers, which develop treatments that make a real difference in patients\u2019 lives.\nNCI-designated Cancer Centers, including University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, partner with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research in basic, clinical, and\/or population science.\nAmong the 69 designated centers, there are three subgroups. The subgroups include:\n\nBasic Laboratory Cancer Centers: Centers that conduct lab research only and do not provide patient treatment.\nCancer Centers: Centers that focus on laboratory research, clinical research, and population-based research.\nComprehensive Cancer Centers: Centers that meet the requirements of a Cancer Center designation with additional depth and breadth of cross-discipline research and community outreach and engagement. UPCI with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center falls into this top-tier category and is one of only 47 in the nation.\n\nYou can find out even more about the\u00a0NCI\u2019s extraordinary work here.\nHow the NCI Cancer Centers Program Began\nThe NCI Cancer Centers Program launched in the 1960s at the recommendation of Congress. The mission? To better support cancer medical professionals and the patients they serve.\nThe program was designed to drive innovation in cancer diagnosis and treatment and create unity among the cancer medical community.\nWhat are the NCI Cancer Center Criteria?\nNCI-designated Cancer Centers are rated on factors such as:\n\nScientific leadership\nOrganization resources\nDepth and breadth of research in basic, clinical, and\/or population sciences\n\nRELATED:\u00a0War on Cancer: UPMC Joins \u2018Moonshot\u2019 Initiative\nWhy the NCI Matters\nUPCI, a partner with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, ranks as a top-tier NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center, offering excellence in cancer detection, research, diagnosis, and\u00a0cancer\u00a0treatment options.\nAchieving the status of an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center isn\u2019t simple. In addition to working at the forefront of cancer research, these centers provide:\n\nComprehensive education to medical professionals and patients alike\nEarly-stage cancer research\nParticipation in leading-edge clinical trials\n\nReady to Learn More?\nUPMC Hillman Cancer Center has locations across western Pennsylvania served by more than 180 affiliated oncologists. It offers convenient access to critical cancer research initiatives, diagnosis, and treatment resources. And treats all types of cancers.\nLearn more about\u00a0UPMC Hillman Cancer Center\u00a0and visit its\u00a0website.