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About Sylvester

Celebrating 30 years of cancer care and innovation

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is South Florida's university-based cancer center. Sylvester is home to an expert team of more than 1,500 physicians, researchers, and staff who work together to discover, develop, and deliver world-class cancer care for your specific cancer.

As part of our mission is to reduce the human burden from cancer, our experts offer a wide range of information and programs to help our community make lifestyle choices that reduce risks and promote well-being.

Sylvester is South Florida's only:

In addition, Sylvester is one of only five Cancer Centers of Excellence in the state of Florida.

Sylvester is currently conducting approximately 300 cancer-focused clinical trials.

The gold standard of cancer care

Sylvester earned the coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in 2019, becoming the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Florida and one of 71 cancer centers with the distinction nationwide. NCI recognizes cancer centers that meet rigorous standards for transdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research focused on developing new and better approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer. NCI designation further expands Sylvester’s ability to care for patients and our community at large, from increased access to novel therapies and clinical trials, to expanded cancer prevention initiatives, survivorship programs, and more.

Learn more about NCI designation.

Highly specialized teams

Sylvester’s experts are world-renowned for advancements in cancer research and care. Our experts work in integrated, collaborative teams to offer you a range of treatment options that lead to better outcomes and higher survival rates. Often sub-specializing in a specific cancer type, our experts are singularly focused on you and your unique treatment.

Most advanced therapies

As South Florida’s only NCI-designated cancer center, Sylvester offers access to the most advanced clinical trials and cutting-edge therapies. In addition to treatments created by our experts in our own labs, Sylvester can offer treatments provided through NCI’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program and National Clinical Trials Network program. That means you and your loved ones now have greater access to the newest, most advanced cancer therapies available, right here at home.

Unique treatment plans

Just as every patient is different, so is every cancer. Our highly specialized teams are singularly focused on achieving the best possible outcomes by creating treatment plans specific to your genetic makeup and your specific cancer. That includes using leading-edge technology such as MRI-guided therapy systems, robotic high-intensity focused ultrasound devices, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, , and much more.

Phase 1 clinical trials

Sylvester has the only Phase 1 Clinical Trials program in South Florida. Phase 1 Clinical Trials are the first step in evaluating how patients respond to novel investigational treatments. Recently, Sylvester has expanded on this program, more than tripling the amount of interventional treatment trials since 2012, and now offers trials that can’t be found at any other cancer center in the world.

The goal of Phase 1 clinical trials is to determine the safety and efficacy of new treatments in patients with cancer. These trials may help develop more treatment options and, most importantly, give hope for cancer patients.

Learn more about Phase 1 clinical trials.

We're with you every step of the way

We’ve designed every facet of the patient journey with you and your family in mind — from a comfortable setting and convenient amenities to support services such as massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and individual and family counseling.

Once you’ve completed treatment, Sylvester offers Survivorship Programs that include support groups, seminars, workshops, and other resources to support your long-term care. Through our research efforts, we also address the social, economic, and physical effects cancer has among our patients after treatment.

Learn more about survivorship programs.

Multiple convenient locations across South Florida

Sylvester's experts are available in locations across South Florida, from north Broward to south Miami-Dade.

Visit one of our convenient locations.