The mission of the Puerto Rico Cancer Center (PRCC) is to promote
basic sciences, clinical, and epidemiological research in cancer
prevention and control in Puerto Rico. In addition, the Center supports
programs in cancer information and education for the public, patients,
and health professionals. The Center also seeks to be the basis
for a comprehensive cancer center of excellence in cancer prevention,
research, and service for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, given its
primary concern with cancer in Hispanics and other minority populations.
The PRCC is located in the Medical Sciences Campus of the UPR,
allowing it to work directly with the University Hospital, the I.
González Martínez Oncologic Hospital, the San Juan Municipal Hospital,
and other UPR affiliated hospitals. The Center supports the Tumor
Registry of the University Hospital and collaborates with the NCI-funded
San Juan Minority Based Clinical Community Oncology Program (MBCCOP).
Locally, the PRCC is working in building its capacity for a network
of cancer awareness research and training in Puerto Rico. Nationally,
the PRCC is expanding through basic and clinical research collaborations
with other cancer centers for multi-institutional studies (MD
Anderson Cancer Center). The Puerto Rico office of the NCI Florida-Puerto
Rico Cancer Information Service (CIS) is affiliated with the PRCC
To stimulate the development of clearly defined scientific
focus on cancer research among investigators and the programs,
tailored to our needs and the needs of the Puerto Rican population.
To strengthen the formal organizational component, improve resources
and space, and assure the institution's continuing support of
the Cancer Center.
To promote joint activities, collaborations, and interactions
within and among programmatic elements, taking maximum advantage
of the University's capabilities in cancer research.
To stimulate research activity in a variety of disciplines and
with a high degree of coordination, interaction, and collaboration
among cancer center members, in order to enhance the productivity
and quality of cancer research in the Center.
To develop better facilities for cancer research and services.
To promote cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment in the
Medical Sciences Campus
Biomedical Building I
Floor 1, Office 162
Puerto Rico Medical Center
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067