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If you have cancer or know someone with cancer they may want to learn about our current clinical trial. This new national trial is changing the way cancer research is done.

MUSC is taking enrollment in this national study called NCI MATCH, offering  another tool in the cancer arsenal. It gives a different opportunity to cancer patients who have tried at least one line of standard therapy or for whom no standard therapy exists.Illustration of basket study

The study doesn’t focus on the type of cancer a patient has but rather on the mutations and what drugs have been shown to treat that mutation, possibly halting a tumor’s growth.

You can read more about this unique study in our news article MUSC part of innovative national cancer trial.

There are thousands of cancer treatment centers across the United States, but only a select few receive a designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is among this elite group - setting us apart as one of the nation's leading cancer centers. We’re the only cancer center in South Carolina to receive this distinction and one of fewer than 70 in the United States. View full list of NCI centers.

Our NCI designation means that:

  • MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is among the best in the nation in research
  • The latest discoveries for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer are happening here
  • Additional financial support for research in our fight against cancer
  • Enhanced ability to recruit distinguished researchers and clinical leaders

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According to the NCI, designated cancer centers like Hollings are a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.  Patients have access to the latest cancer clinical trials, many of which are only available at NCI-designated centers. Hollings currently has over 200 open clinical trials and has seen a 40 percent increase in participation since 2009.

Learn more about cutting-edge research and cancer treatment at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has announced the schedule for their annual series of free skin cancer screenings. The screenings will be offered on the Hollings Mobile Health Unit - a 40-foot, air-conditioned van designed to provide cancer screening, prevention education, early detection and health counseling. The van travels across South Carolina, providing more than 2,000 free or low-cost screenings every year. The skin screenings are always well-attended, so plan to get there early. No appointments are necessary.


Saturday, June 14, 2014 

  • Folly Beach
  • Van location: 21 Center St. at City Hall
  • 9am to 2pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Isles of Palms
  • Van location: Front Beach Park
  • 9am to 2pm

Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • James Island County Park
  • Van location: Splash Zone Waterpark parking lot
  • Unless you have a Charleston County Park pass, there is a charge of $1/person to get into the park
  • 9am to 2pm

For more information on these screenings, contact Lachaun Peake at 792-0878.

Learn about MUSC's melanoma and skin caner treatment program - the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

healthy eatingAccording to the American Cancer Society, of the more than 572,000 Americans who die of cancer each year, about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight. Although many factors affect your chances of developing cancer, you can help reduce your risk with a healthy lifestyle. By simply eating right and getting active, you can minimize your risk of developing cancer and many other health issues.

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center recommends these guidelines to help prevent cancer:

  • Stop smoking and using all other tobacco products
  • Increase physical activity
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Limit saturated fats
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Protect yourself from the sun’s rays, particularly between 10am-3pm
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation

Take the American Cancer Society's Nutrition and Activity Quiz to see how your lifestyle stacks up.

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center is the state leader in cancer research, prevention, detection and treatment. As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated center, we are the primary source of new discoveries about the nature of cancer – a critical first step in developing more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.


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