The Yale Cancer Center, which is marking its 25th year in 1999, has again earned designation from the National Cancer Institute as one of the nation’s comprehensive cancer centers. It is one of 37 such centers in the United States and the only one in southern New England.

The center first received NCI designation in 1974. Last August the NCI renewed the center’s five-year Cancer Center Support Grant, which supports research administration for the center’s 14 research programs, shared resources and developmental activities. Redesignation as a comprehensive cancer center followed in December.

To attain comprehensive recognition, an institution must pass a peer review and perform basic research, clinical research and cancer prevention, control and population-based research. The NCI designation indicates that Yale is a center of unusual excellence in research and clinical care and an important community resource for education, information and outreach.