Main Content

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.

Hear from Our Director

Facebook Feed Anchor

Featured News

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

Dr. Thomas Payne explains the use of a Juul e-cigarette in the shape of a flash drive.

Limits on e-cigarette sales to teens aid nicotine addiction battle

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The FDA’s recent proposal to curb the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers by limiting access to their fruity flavors is good news for those who want to keep children tobacco-free. But it really doesn’t go far enough, a UMMC tobacco cessation expert says. 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.