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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.

Hear from Our Director

Dr. John “Jack” Ruckdeschel, Cancer Institute director, describes what it takes to excel in cancer care.


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.


Latest News

WLBT-Fox 40 news anchor Mike Sands gets a kiss from his mother, Nanci, before his Jan. 12 surgery to remove a cancerous lesion in one of his lungs.

Newsman anchored in attitude, not cancer

Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Mike Sands got his cancer diagnosis, he did what any good news reporter would do: He got the jump on his own story by educating himself and following doctors’ orders. Sands’ WLBT/Fox 40 friends and UMMC's oncology team are by his side as he leads the "normal" life of a guy in his late 20s.

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Tomeka Harps, center, visits with members of the medical team that helped save her life, from left, Dr. Stephen Raab, Dr. Kim Geisinger, Dr. Mildred Ridgway and Bethany Sabins.

Cancer survivor urges others to get breast, cervical cancer screenings

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tomeka Harps credits a church congregational nurse for encouraging her to attend a 2017 event at the UMMC Cancer Institute, where Harps' cancer was discovered. During and after treatment, she has encouraged dozens of other women to stop postponing their cancer screenings.

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Terethia Goulding models her newly coiffed wig in the UMMC Cancer Institute Patient Resource Center.

Wigs help women leap one of cancer’s obstacles

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wigs help women navigate one of cancer’s emotional difficulties - hair loss - with their heads held high. Donors and UMMC Cancer Institute staff are working to make wigs available for women in treatment at the CI and to collect scarves, hats and caps for male and female patients.

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