Frequently Asked Questions

A large NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center involves a lot of people, services and research. Below you'll find questions and answers to some of the most common questions.

What does Moffitt's NCI "Comprehensive" designation mean?
Moffitt is the only NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center based in the state of Florida.
This coveted distinction, given to only 47 centers in the country, recognizes Moffitt as one of the top institutions developing and translating scientific discoveries into new and promising treatments for cancer patients.

When did Moffitt Cancer Center open?
Moffitt opened in October 1986. Moffitt became a NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2001.

How many beds is Moffitt licensed for?
A full-service hospital, Moffitt is licensed for 206 beds.

What other clinical services does Moffitt provide?
A 36-bed blood and marrow transplant unit; 14 operating rooms; a diagnostic radiology department with MRI, PET/CT, digital mammography and all other imaging capabilities; and a radiation therapy department with seven linear accelerators.

How do I qualify for a clinical trial?
Clinical trials can be for patients who are just starting cancer treatment as well as patients who have been receiving cancer treatment for some time.Ask your doctor if there is a clinical trial for you.

How many square feet of space does Moffitt represent?
Initial gross square feet of Moffitt Cancer Center in 1987 was 373,377. When the $186 million Tower Project was completed in 2003, the new buildings doubled the research and clinic space at Moffitt. Now Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. This figure includes the Cancer Center hospital, Moffitt Research Center, Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, Muriel Rothman Building (Moffitt Clinic Building), South Expansion, M2Gen, Moffitt Screening & Prevention Center, Moffitt Business Center, Moffitt Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza, Child Development Center, modulars, two garages and bridge.

What are some of the research programs at Moffitt?
Our research programs include Molecular Oncology & Drug Discovery; Immunology; Experimental Therapeutics; Cancer Epidemiology; and Health Outcomes and Behavior. The Center’s research programs are grouped under four established divisions that were approved by the National Cancer Institute with the award of the Center’s NCI Cancer Center Support Grant Renewal in 2000 and NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status. Moffitt is also the site of the National Functional Genomics Center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

What is Cancer Answers™?

A toll-free telephone service Moffitt offers is staffed by registered nurses who can talk to patients or family members about specific cancers and their treatments as well as clinical trials at Moffitt and elsewhere. Call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488) or use the online form.