Since 1976, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center has been one of 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.
A Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) must demonstrate reasonable depth and breadth of research activities in each of three major areas: laboratory, clinical and population-based research, with substantial trans-disciplinary research that bridges these scientific areas. An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center must also demonstrate professional and public education and dissemination of clinical and public health advances into the community it serves.
In its 2010 renewal review, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center received the NCI’s highest possible rating as "EXCEPTIONAL". In its review, the NCI stated that we "should serve as the model for other matrix university-based Centers".