Nevada Cancer Institute

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Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI), founded in 2002, was the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada from 2003 to 2013, located in Summerlin, Nevada. The Institute became part of the UC San Diego Health System in February, 2012.

A non-profit organization, NVCI served patients throughout the greater Las Vegas area, offering full-service clinics in Summerlin, Nevada, and at University Medical Center, in the downtown medical district. The Institute’s mobile screening unit, the Hope Coach, has provided mammography services throughout the state.

NVCI has served more than 17,000 patients since opening in 2005. The Institute was dedicated to providing innovative and collaborative cancer care, clinical trials and community education.

The Institute closed on January 31, 2013.[1]


Part of the UC San Diego Health System, Nevada Cancer Institute offers current and advanced cancer treatment options, with patient and family support services, to residents of Nevada. The Institute provides inpatient treatment services such as chemotherapy, radiation and diagnostic imaging services, as well as an array of clinical trials, many of which would not otherwise be available in the state of Nevada. The Institute also provides assistance to help patients find the information and non-medical resources they need to support themselves during treatment - including support groups, an on-site meditation room, yoga and other activities.


The Institute’s four-story treatment facility occupies 142000 sqft. The lobby has a blown-glass chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly.


  • In 2002 The Howard Hughes Corporation donated 6 acres (2.4 ha) of land for the Institute's first building. The land was part of a 61-acre (25 ha) site in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas.
  • In 2003, ground was broken for NVCI's first 142,000-square-foot (13,200 m2) state-of-the art treatment center. The building was designed by Marnell Corrao Associates who are best known for designing many of the megaresorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Construction cost was $53 million.
  • The facility opened in August 2005. The grand opening was on September 23, 2005.
  • In October 2005, the Institute acquired an additional site of 10 acres (4.0 ha) adjacent to its current site for future expansion.
  • In January 2006, the city of Las Vegas announced plans to work with the Institute, the Bureau of Land Management and other entities to acquire about 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land in the city for future use.
  • A Phase I clinical trial[specify] was opened in January 2007. NVCI is one of only three places in the world offering it.[citation needed]
  • House Resolution 234, a bill to expand the Institute, was sponsored by Shelley Berkley and co-sponsored by Nevada's two other congressional representatives. It was introduced to the House on January 7, 2009.[2]
  • On December 2, 2011, the institute announced that it entered into an agreement to sell the facility to the UC San Diego Health System as part of a prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.[3]
  • On February 1, 2012, the UC San Diego Health System assumed operations of Nevada Cancer Institute's clinical practice. [4]

November 11, 2012 Meeting with employees on Nov. 5, cancer institute CEO Mickey Goldman revealed that their last day, except for a few needed to wind up operations, will be Dec. 31.


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