Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is a cancer research and treatment center. HCI is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. Learn more about our Cancer Center Research Programs. HCI is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. NCCN is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

Mission Statement 

Huntsman Cancer Institute's mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. 

Hope Through Research

HCI scientists focus on understanding cancer from its beginnings to create safer and more effective treatments. Researchers also investigate how genes function to discover possible methods of preventing, circumventing, or even reversing the genetic changes that cause cancer.

Hope Through Education

HCI offers free information about cancers, risk factors, screening, prevention, and treatments to patients, family members, physicians, and the public.

Hope Through Care

At HCI, teams of doctors and health care professionals work together to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care.

Our Patient Reach

HCI serves thousands of cancer patients throughout every year and provides academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers. Most of our patients come from Utah, a state that covers more than 80,000 square miles, of which 96% is rural (<100 people/square mile) and 70% is frontier (<7 people/square mile). Utah is also home to seven Native American tribes or nations.

Although Utah is our primary catchment area, patients are referred from a broad, multistate region of the Mountain West that includes portions of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming—an area rich in special populations that are historically underserved and exhibit poor cancer outcomes compared to the U.S. average.

HCI is committed to equity in research opportunities for all genders and minority groups in our catchment area. We ensure every person receives excellent cancer care and is able to benefit from the latest advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies through participation in clinical trials.

Recent News

Patient Stories, Cancer Champions

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

Growing up in Roseville, California, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders spent every waking hour playing and training outside in the water—usually without sunscreen. “I associated sunscreen with vacation, not training,” Sanders says. Then, in 2014, she was diagnosed with melanoma. No one can say for sure what caused Sanders’ melanoma, but she thinks her frequent exposure to the sun was a contributing factor.

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HCI News

Carson Tahoe Health Opens New Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Care Clinic

Carson City, Nev. – Today, May 15, Carson Tahoe Cancer Center opened a new blood and bone marrow transplant care clinic with support from the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. Under the collaboration, a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) physician and nurse from HCI will travel to Carson City once a month to treat patients both before and after they receive a transplant.

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Cancer Champions

The Club You Never Asked to Join: Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer at CancerCon

If you're an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer, it's easy to feel alone. While the number of AYAs with cancer in the United States is not small—70,000 are diagnosed each year—it can feel like you're the only one your age going through this. As the patient navigator for the HI-AYA Cancer Care Program, I recently attended CancerCon, a conference that talks about the challenges of having cancer as an AYA and provides a space for people get to know each other.

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