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Cancer Center and Research Institute

The Cancer Center and Research 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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Cytotechnician Camrell Williams processes cervical cytology specimens in the Cytology Laboratory at UMMC.

Dozens screened at See, Test and Treat event

Monday, April 8, 2024

The annual event provides free cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women and health education in association with community partners. The goal is to lower cancer death rates in women. Read More

Dr. Keli Xu, associate professor for the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, conducts research on pancreatic cancer and breast cancer. Here, he examines mammogram tissue using various models.

UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute to seek national designation

Monday, January 29, 2024

Mississippi is notorious for having among the worst cancer survival rates in the country. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates cancer deaths in Mississippi to be 20% higher than the national average. Read More

Doctor prepares syringes and vials as patient sitting on exam table looks on.


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.

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

Researcher extracting samples from container.


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.