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The Cancer Institute unites physicians, nurses and researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Mississippi in the quest to stop cancer through:

  • Interdisciplinary world class cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
  • Research to better prevent, detect and treat cancer.
  • Education for Mississippi residents and the medical caregivers who one day will provide their cancer care.

Adult and pediatric physicians see more than 2,000 new patients annually and follow more than 5,800 survivors. Cancer teams see many people with rare or complex care needs.

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	 Dr. Louis Puneky is treating Linda Yassine of Jackson for colorectal cancer. She was diagnosed in 2007 at age 47 and says the ACS' new guidelines will save more lives.

Colorectal cancer experts embrace ACS call for earlier screening

Monday, June 4, 2018

The American Cancer Society, citing more colorectal cancer in young people, is recommending people at average risk start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45. Detecting the cancer earlier would save more lives.

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Nurse Shelby McNair, an apheresis specialist, explains part of the process to Jessica Dobbins as she donates stem cells.

UMMC employee donates stem cells to perhaps save a life

Thursday, May 31, 2018

It’s come full circle for Jessica Dobbins, who has admitted patients receiving a bone marrow or stem cell transplant and who now works with pediatric doctors who offer this therapy. She was a match for someone who needed the life-saving procedure.

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Interdisciplinary teams meet regularly to review each new patient’s case and recommend the best treatment for each individual. Doctors here see many unusual and complex cases.



The Cancer Institute offers the state’s only residency and fellowship programs for professionals seeking a career in cancer care.



Researchers and physicians at UMMC and at the University of Mississippi are working together to seek new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.