Vermont Cancer Center
Message from the Directors
The Vermont Cancer Center (VCC) is committed to eradicating cancer through research collaborations between scientists, physicians and physician investigators. The VCC embraces innovative basic, translational, and clinical research and offers the most advanced clinical trials to deliver cutting edge cancer care of the future locally, regionally, and as a destination cancer center globally. The Vermont Cancer Center is dedicated to maximizing oppurunities for partnerships between basic researchers, population health scientists and physician investigators to link tumor biology and human behavior with the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.
Claire Verschraegen, M.D.
Gary Stein, Ph.D.
The Vermont Cancer Center is a not-for-profit comprehensive clinical and research cancer center, the only such organization in the state of Vermont. Founded in 1974, the Vermont Cancer Center is located within the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine and enjoys a clinical partnership with Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont's academic medical center with UVM. The organization is comprised of more than 120 scientists and physicians engaged in a full range of basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes research that seeks to uncover new knowledge and understanding about cancer and the issues that affect people with the disease.
The Vermont Cancer Center is committed to innovative cancer research, life-saving prevention and treatment programs, public education and scientific collaboration, and serves to influence standards of cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and care across Vermont and northern New York. High-quality cancer care is provided through the patient care areas at Fletcher Allen, including Hematology/Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Dermatology, and the Cancer Patient Support Program. With our partners at Fletcher Allen, we are also developing multi-disciplinary treatment centers for specific cancers in order to enhance and provide a single point of access and care for all cancer patients. Multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) include the Breast Care Center, Upper Gastrointestinal MDC, Lung MDC, and Melanoma (skin cancer) MDC.
A central part of the Vermont Cancer Center's mission is to share with the public — as well as with other cancer providers, researchers, and health care experts — the latest information on cancer prevention and screening, diagnostics and treatment, as well as advances in clinical and laboratory research and issues of survivorship. To that end, the Vermont Cancer Center hosts an annual Breast Cancer Conference for the public, as well as many academic lectures and professional meetings and symposia for cancer care providers and researchers.
Vermont Cancer Center physicians and scientists have also made significant contributions to advances in cancer research that are keys to understanding, preventing and treating this disease. Some of our researchers' achievements include:
- Pioneering a biopsy procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of several forms of cancer.
- Offering life-enhancing treatment options for children with a rare form of cancer.
- Studying how statins, the drugs used to control cholesterol, affect cancer risk and cancer cell growth.
- Helping in the discovery of the inherited risk factors for breast cancer.
- Researching how to make cancer treatments more tolerable by reducing severe side effects.
- Developing Cancer Registries in Vermont for future outreach to the cancer community.
- Assessing and addressing the needs of cancer survivors.
The Vermont Cancer Center faculty and staff at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care are dedicated to:
- Providing state-of-the art cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Delivering compassionate care to maximize the quality of life for the patient and family throughout the disease
- Improving the human condition as it is affected by cancer, through fostering and sustaining innovative research in the laboratory that optimizes capabilities in the clinic
- Advancing cancer prevention, control and early detection through education and research programs in a rural setting
Location & Facilities
VCC is a matrix-based organization located within the University of Vermont (UVM). The academic medical center at UVM - the only one in the state of Vermont - involves a primary alliance of the UVM College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, a not-for-profit academic healthcare system.
VCC is an official administrative unit of UVM. For most of its history, VCC's core facilities had been located in several sites on the UVM campus. In July of 2001, all core laboratories moved into the new Health Science Research Facility on the College of Medicine campus. This consolidation of core facilities was aided by a $3 million federal appropriation garnered by Senator James Jeffords in 2000.
VCC physicians provide patient care through Fletcher Allen Health Care, which completed a major new state-of-the-art outpatient care facility in 2005. The outstanding space at Fletcher Allen and the UVM College of Medicine, include an Ambulatory Care Center, an Education and Conference Center, and a new VCC clinical facility which allows integrated, multidisciplinary services for cancer diagnosis, outpatient treatment, and post-treatment follow up in a single ambulatory setting.
We are located on the University of Vermont campus, and adjacent to Fletcher Allen Health Care, fostering a culture of collaboration and partnership. Our Burlington home is nestled between the shores of Lake Champlain and the vistas of the Green Mountains. Learn more about living in Burlington.
Last modified February 13 2013 01:34 PM