Mission & Facts - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Mission & Facts

The mission of Fred Hutch is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. The Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases.

In fulfilling the mission of Fred Hutch

  • Biological scientists conduct fundamental research to discover mechanisms underlying the life of normal cells and changes in these processes that cause disease.
  • Clinical research scientists develop and test new forms of diagnosis and therapy.
  • Public health scientists develop and apply new knowledge to help individuals and communities reduce the incidence and death rate from cancer and related diseases.

Scientists from all fields share and integrate their findings and insights to foster the development and testing of new approaches.


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Fred Hutch is dedicated to

  • Generating new scientific discoveries and translating them into effective medical practices, therapies and public health approaches.
  • Recruiting, supporting and training highly qualified scientists and physicians in an environment that promotes collaboration and excellence.
  • Cooperating with other research entities and medical institutions to assure worldwide access to new research findings and technical developments.
  • Providing sensitive, efficient and effective care for patients participating in our experimental therapies and other studies.
  • Promoting the importance of scientific research, responsible medical care, healthy environments and personal behaviors through public education and advocacy.

Statement of Values

Hutch faculty, managers and staff all have important roles in creating an environment that exemplifies the following values:

Scientific Excellence — Fred Hutch's first commitment is to excellence in scientific work. We have a high standard of ethics and integrity in conducting our research.

Respect — We respect the contributions that each individual makes to ensure the success of our science. We honor the contribution of patients and study participants to our mission and commit to the highest standards of care, integrity and confidentiality in our services to them. We respect individuality and recognize the strength that comes from diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.

Openness — We recognize the importance of sharing information and allowing for the free exchange of ideas between staff throughout the Center regardless of position or affiliation with outside interests. We strive to have decisions made by those closest to the issue, acknowledging the value of first-hand experience.

Innovation — We recognize the importance of creativity and responsible risk-taking. We aim to minimize bureaucracy and maintain focus on the mission. Our systems and policies support scientific achievement.