About the Lurie Cancer Center

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, is committed to being a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer.

Chicago’s Lurie Cancer Center is dedicated to scientific discovery, advancing medical knowledge, providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care, and training the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

Lurie Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals and physician practices treat nearly 10,000 new cancer cases each year. Outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research complements a full range of prevention, early detection and treatment programs, as well as rehabilitation, supportive oncology and survivorship programs for all types of cancer.

First established in 1974, the center was dedicated as the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University in 1991 through a gift of endowment from Ann and Robert H. Lurie. Lurie Cancer Center has been recognized as a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1997, reflecting the depth and breadth of our research efforts, scientific leadership, patient care, education and community outreach.

Lurie Cancer Center is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care, and part of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium, a network of academic institutions working together on highly translational clinical trials using the expertise of Big Ten universities.

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD

"Our world-class physicians, researchers, nurses and staff share a deep commitment to innovative research and patient-centered cancer care. Every gift is meaningful, and brings us closer to the discoveries that save lives."

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University