To provide Tarrant County and surrounding communities with the foremost science, resources and programs to reduce the threat and impact of cancer.
To further the humanitarian mission of the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute organization, we will be a leader in our community’s efforts to fight cancer and reduce its burden throughout the continuum of care utilizing:
- Education and community awareness
- Prevention and early detection
- Behavioral and nutritional science
- Research and innovative technologies
History of the Center
From the very beginning, Moncrief Cancer Institute has been a pioneer in cancer treatment and care.
Through the vision of Thomas B. Bond, MD, planning for Moncrief Cancer Center began soon after World War II. With the help of several key associations and prominent local citizens, a non-profit organization was created to facilitate the new center: The Radiation and Medical Research Foundation of the Southwest. This Foundation helped launch the concept of a true community radiation therapy center – the first such facility in the Southwest.
The Radiation Center began treating patients in August 1958. In 1966, a generous contribution by Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Moncrief and a matching federal grant funded an expansion of the facility. Within a decade, it became one of the top radiation facilities in the Southwest. An additional donation of $2.5 million by Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Moncrief led to another major expansion in 1979. Based on the continued generosity and guidance from the Moncrief family, the new facility was dedicated as the Moncrief Radiation Center in 1980.
In 1999, the administration of the center was transferred to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The combined strength of Moncrief Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center allowed for continued growth while ensuring an ongoing commitment to cancer patients. Moncrief Cancer Center changed its direction in 2006 from radiation treatment to a greater emphasis on patient support services.
In 2012, Moncrief Cancer Institute designed and constructed a four-story, 60,000-square-foot building on four acres in the Fort Worth medical district and further expanded its prevention and survivorship programs and services. In 2015, the innovative Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic was rolled out, providing convenient cancer services to communities throughout North Texas.
As Moncrief Cancer Institute continues to evolve, one thing will never change: the mission to provide the best possible programs, services and technologies to prevent, detect and treat cancer.