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 new cancer treatment, 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

Cancer Champions

Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

“Cancer is more than just a physical disease,” says Amy Horyna, manager of Patient and Family Support (PFS), the team of licensed clinical social workers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “Our social workers really focus on the emotional toll that cancer takes.”

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Press Releases, In The Media

Huntsman Cancer Institute Partners with National Cancer Institute on National Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Education Initiative

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is partnering with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to implement a nationwide colorectal cancer outreach and education initiative in support of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in rural, frontier, and culturally diverse communities in Utah. The Screen to Save Initiative will launch in March at HCI and 48 other cancer centers around the nation, targeting average risk adults age 50 and older.

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Cancer Champions

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Taryn Palmer lost her father to stage IV colorectal cancer. As she and her family tried to find some way to reconcile their grief with celebrating his life, Taryn discovered Dress in Blue Day, a way to increase awareness about colon cancer risk and encourage early screening. She talks about what Dress in Blue Day has meant to her and her family as they honor their father and fight back against this devastating disease.

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