10 Things

the numbers

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center treats an estimated 5,000 new patients each year and provides ongoing care for more than 20,000 patients annually.


one of a kind

The center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a four-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.



Offers a full array of treatment options from interdisciplinary clinics to state-of-the art technology through its more than 330 specialized physicians and researchers, many of whom are internationally and nationally recognized for their expertise in oncology.



The Cancer Center is known for its translational research abilities in moving discoveries safely and quickly from the laboratory to the patient  bedside. Areas of research focus on gene therapy, immunotherapy, obesity, the microbiome, and genomic sequencing.



There are currently more than 180 cancer-related clinical trials at UAB exploring a wide array of therapies, diagnostics and preventive options.  The Cancer Center also offers opportunities to participate in community-based trials for cancer survivorship research.  In addition, the Cancer Center is a part of the National Clinical Trials Network which means patients have access to NCI’s high-priority trials and multicenter research collaborations.



Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., a leading medical oncologist and trailblazer in the early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers, is the new director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. Birrer comes to UAB from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology and director of the Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Gillette Cancer Center. He also serves as the leader of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center program in gynecologic cancers and is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He begins his new job at UAB on August 1, 2017.



The UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, developed by the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and UAB Medicine, is a network of hospitals across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi that provide world-class UAB care and access to innovative treatments  to patients closer to their home.  The Network emphasizes collaboration between UAB and community cancer centers on evidence-based guidelines for cancer treatment to patients in local communities.



The Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 2006 to introduce the next generation of Alabamians to the importance of cancer research and awareness. The board is comprised of up-and-coming professionals between the ages of 22 and 40, all of whom have been touched by cancer in some way. Several members are survivors themselves.


Health Disparities

The Cancer Center is nationally recognized as a leader for its work in cancer health disparities, most notably for its work in increasing education and awareness, and conducting cancer research in minority and underserved populations. The Cancer Center has proudly trained more than 1,000 community health advisors or ‘natural helpers’ to work in their own communities.



The Cancer Center created the unique Patient Care Connect Program where lay navigators—non-medical professionals—assist patients across the cancer continuum, from diagnosis to survivorship and end of life of care.  This program is a national model for providing better healthcare and significantly cutting cancer care costs in the imploding healthcare system.