The NCT Heidelberg combines outstanding patient care with excellent cancer research. State of the art research is to be translated as fast as possible into better treatment and prevention strategies. The NCT core areas are Medical Oncology, Translational Oncology, and Preventive Oncology. More than 85 groups and departments at the DKFZ and Heidelberg University Hospital are working on the NCT's clinical and translational cancer research programs, to develop innovative diagnostics and treatment options for cancer patients. The goal is to implement a highly innovative program for individualized cancer medicine at the NCT.