discoveries magazine

A New Era in Cancer Research and Care

Cancer has been recognized as a disease for thousands of years, but investigators only began making significant strides in research to fight it a few centuries ago. In 1775, fireplace soot was linked to cancer in chimney sweeps. Later, other environmental hazards as well as inflammation, heredity and radiation were identified as risk factors. Today, with the decoding of the human genome, cancer research has entered a new era as Cedars-Sinai investigators develop increasingly advanced methods for precision diagnosis and treatment.


outpatient visits in 2018, making Cedars-Sinai Cancer one of California’s busiest treatment facilities (including more than 37,000 infusions and some 18,000 radiation treatments)


of hospitals won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer program—with Cedars-Sinai among this elite group


square feet of new dry and wet laboratory space and 44,000 square feet of new clinical space to expand capacity to care for cancer patients


hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai, earned Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five times in a row