Yale Cancer Center

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Yale Cancer Center is a collaboration involving nationally and internationally renowned physicians and scientists from Yale Medicine, Yale School of Medicine and Smilow Cancer Hospital. This partnership enables us to provide the best approaches for prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Yale Cancer Center combines a tradition of innovative cancer treatment and quality care for patients. A National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center for over 43 years, Yale Cancer Center is one of only 49 of these centers in the nation. Comprehensive cancer centers play a vital role in the advancement of the NCI’s goal of reducing illness and death from cancer through scientific research, cancer prevention and innovative cancer treatment.

Our physicians, nurses, scientists and staff are leaders in cancer research and care. Our multidisciplinary teams treat patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital, working closely together to make sure that every aspect of a patient’s treatment plan is well managed.

We are here for you

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you will have questions that need answers. You should know that there are over 100 kinds of cancer. Cancer can occur in almost any part of the body, including your organs, bones and blood.

Cancer begins at a cellular level. In a healthy body, new cells replace old, dying ones. When this process breaks down and there’s a disruption—new cells form unnecessarily or old cells don’t die as they should—a collection of extra cells can form a tumor that is either benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Cancer cells may also invade blood and blood products.

Often, cancer is silent at first, as it gains momentum and invades nearby cells. When symptoms lead a doctor to suspect cancer, it can be diagnosed through blood work, a tissue biopsy or imaging (MRIs, X-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds).

Cancer starts in one area of the body (primary cancer) and can spread, or metastasize, to other organs or to the bone. Depending on the kind, size, stage and location of a cancer, there are many ways to treat it. Any or several of these treatments may be needed: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy (radiotherapy), immunotherapy and targeted gene therapies. Early diagnosis and proper and prompt treatment can improve survival.