March 2021



Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

“We are committed to advancing precision oncology for the benefit of our cancer patients. Alliances between institutions are one critical way to advance research that will improve our ability to bridge the gap between lab discoveries and clinical practice.”
                                                    – Sonam Puri, MD
                                                      Lung Cancer Physician-Scientist, Huntsman Cancer Institute
                                                      Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah


  • The mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah 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.

  • HCI’s campus in Salt Lake City includes state-of-the-art cancer research space and a cancer hospital that utilizes a team approach to cancer care.

  • HCI has three community clinics in the surrounding area and five affiliate hospitals in neighboring states. A mobile cancer screening bus serves the entire state of Utah. A program called Huntsman at Home brings HCI care to the patient and was recently expanded to three rural counties.

  • HCI operates several clinics that focus on patients with a family history of breast, colon, melanoma, pancreas and prostate cancers.

  • HCI is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West.

  • HCI has more than 200 research teams that study all aspects of cancer.

  • Approximately 150-200 clinical trials are open to enrollment at any time.

  • HCI operates the only Phase I clinical research program in the region.

  • HCI trains the next generation of cancer researchers and care providers, with other 500 trainees per year participating in medical research learning including special programs for junior high school students to postgraduate and fellowship training.


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