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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. John Ruckdeschel, UMMC Cancer Institute director, discusses his experience at the Fourth International Vatican Conference in Rome.

CI leader participates in cancer discussion at Vatican

Monday, May 21, 2018

The UMMC Cancer Institute's director was among the cancer researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, media and other invited to attend the Fourth International Vatican Conference, which included a discussion about the promises and hurdles posed by new advances in cancer therapies.

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Maria Ricketts, right, poses with her surgical team, from left, Dr. Ben McIntyre and Dr. Shawn McKinney.

New process shortens time to breast reconstruction

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Breast cancer patients who qualify may choose to use a new type of tissue expander that uses air and can be operated from home, negating the need for weekly doctor visits, said Dr. Ben McIntyre, UMMC plastic surgeon.

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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.