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

In The Media

Why So Many Utah Men Have Melanoma

Utah has had the nation's greatest incidence of melanoma from 2010 to 2014, the last year for which data is available. Its rates of melanoma have more than doubled in the past 17 years, from 20 to 42 cases for every 100,000 people, according to the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Registry.

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Research

HCI Trainee Wins NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Gurkan Mollaoglu, a graduate student in the Oliver Lab, received an F99 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. This prestigious grant recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers.

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Press Releases

New Research on Sperm Stem Cells has Implications for Male Infertility and Cancer

New research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and collaborators at University of Utah Health (U of U Health) sheds light on the complex process that occurs in the development of human sperm stem cells. This is the first study to characterize the changes human sperm stem cells undergo as they mature. The results have implications for understanding male infertility as well as cancer development and were published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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