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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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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

Dr. Rodney Rocconi’s childhood familial experiences with cancer, coupled with his life’s work in cancer research has come full circle through his position as director for the CCRI. His ultimate vision is to obtain National Cancer Institute designation for the cancer center.

Dr. Rodney Rocconi: Ole Miss alumnus returns home to lead call to arms to improve cancer care

Monday, July 10, 2023

When reflecting on his family’s history of cancer and the difficulties they faced, the relationships Dr. Rodney Rocconi develops with patients become personal. He believes economic, mortality and racial health disparities serve as monumental obstacles for patients, so his life’s work focuses on addressing and overcoming these inequalities. Read More

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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.

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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.