Cancer - a strategic research area
The center was formed in 2010 as an effect of cancer being designated a strategic research area at the University of Gothenburg, as well as being part of the government-supported strategic research program BioCARE.
It was together with colleagues at Lund University that cancer researchers in Gothenburg were awarded this research program, which the Swedish government had announced as a strategic initiative. Combined with co-financing from the vice-chancellor at University of Gothenburg, these funds then became the basis for the establishment of Sahlgrenska Cancer Center (SCC).
Göran Stenman served as SCC director from its inception until the middle of 2018, when instead Jonas Nilsson took over this position. When Jonas was given the opportunity to start a new research laboratory in Perth, Australia, the center needed a new director. This time Mikael Nilsson accepted to take on this role.
From 1st of July 2020 Sahlgrenska Cancer Center officially changed its name to Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research. This change took place, since a center with the name Sahlgrenska Cancer Center was formed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital as part of the accreditation process for the hospital to become a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This process reached its goal on the 13th of May 2002, when the hospital's cancer center turned into the accredited Sahlgrenska Comprehensive Cancer Centre (SCCC).