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Cancer Institute

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. Shou-Ching Tang talks to Barry Kelly while Teresa Witcher, clinical trials nurse, prepares Kelly's infusion.

Opening Phase 1 adult cancer trials offers patients more options

Monday, February 25, 2019

UMMC is among four sites nationally where a new trial drug, which may affect several types of cancers, is being offered to adult patients whose cancer has not responded to standard therapies. Read More

Dr. John Ruckdeschel, Cancer Institute director, leads an April 2018 meeting of the Clinical Leadership Council

New committee’s goal: Improve cancer care through communication

Monday, December 17, 2018

Leaders of multiple cancer programs and hospital administrative services that make up the Clinical Leadership Council meet monthly to iron out problems, set standards and map a path to excellence for their patients. The group also is instrumental in helping prioritize budget needs of cancer programs. Read More


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.