Year in review

Annual Report 2015

Year in Review

From a breakthrough in the treatment of brain cancer to hope for an HIV cure to how to talk with a cancer patient, we’ve been inspired, amazed and united as a community over the past year by a wide range of stories. These stories — of our science and the researchers, patients, supporters and volunteers who make breakthroughs happen — underscore what a truly exciting time it is for research.

5 most-viewed stories | 5 buzzworthy breakthroughs | 5 top Facebook posts
5 top Tweets
5 most-viewed YouTube videos5 most-viewed Instagram images

5 most-viewed stories

57,224 page views

Living with Stage 4

In a culture focused on survivorship, those with metastatic breast cancer, who will be in treatment for the rest of their lives, can feel isolated and misunderstood.


26,934 page views

Say what? 8 things you should — and shouldn’t — say to a cancer patient

When it comes to clueless cancer comments, patients have heard them all, tumbling out of the mouths of colleagues, strangers and even loved ones like Montezuma’s verbal revenge. Some are universally annoying; others, more individually perturbing.

22,447 page views

Combating ‘chemo mouth’

Sandra Evans lost nearly 25 pounds while getting treatments for breast cancer. It wasn’t so much the nausea that can come with chemotherapy that triggered her weight loss, but rather the way food tasted after her treatments.


18,227 page views

The Angelina Jolie effect: One year later

In May 2013, actress Angelina Jolie published an op-ed in the New York Times detailing what she called “my medical choice.” Due to an extensive family history of breast and ovarian cancer and having the BRCA1 gene mutation that dramatically raises her risk of cancer, Jolie made the decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy.


10,326 page views

Hoping out loud: After years of silence, talk of an HIV cure

In the awful early years of the HIV pandemic, researchers struggled to find treatments to stem the tide of deaths. To suggest a cure was possible, much less imminent, seemed not just naive but cruel.


5 Buzzworthy breakthroughs

7,904 page views

‘Breakthrough’ treatment boosts survival in battle with deadly brain tumor

When Charlie Burgess was diagnosed with a lethal brain tumor in 2009, his future shrank suddenly to a span of four months, maybe a year at most, according to his doctors’ grim prognoses.

7,898 page views

Some birth control pills may boost breast cancer risk, Fred Hutch study finds

Women taking certain formulations of birth control pills could face a 50 percent or higher increased risk of breast cancer than those not using oral contraceptives, according to a study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists.

3,632 page views

HIV vaccine trial passes first hurdle in South Africa

The first in a series of clinical trials designed to build on the promise of an HIV vaccine that showed modest protection when tested in Thailand has passed a key hurdle, according to a new study.

3,236 page views

‘I want my life back’: Trial offers new hope for severe Crohn’s disease

A cutting-edge clinical trial in Seattle is giving new hope to a woman from Norway with Crohn’s disease so severe it nearly ruined her life.

2,436 page views

Closing in on ‘holy grail’ of HIV vaccine

About three years ago, Dr. Leo Stamatatos, an internationally known immunologist then at Seattle BioMed, was ready to abandon his efforts to develop the “holy grail” of HIV vaccine research.

5 top Facebook posts

486 likes, 66 comments, 32 shares

A son remembers the life of his father, beloved oncologist Dr. Stephen Petersdorf

"No matter who you are, life can change so suddenly," said Andrew Petersdorf, who lost his father, oncologist Dr. Stephen Petersdorf, nearly a year ago to colon cancer.

474 likes, 9 comments, 66 shares

Dr. Jim Olson’s Tumor Paint advances to clinical trial for children with brain cancer

The "Tumor Paint" drug, BLZ-100, developed by Blaze Bioscience based on technology licensed from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington, for the first time is being tested in children with brain cancer.

416 likes, 70 comments, 29 shares

Dr. Cyrus Ghajar receives $4.1M grant to study metastatic breast cancer

Dr. Cyrus Ghajar, a metastatic breast cancer researcher at Fred Hutch, has received a $4.1 million Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program "Era of Hope" Scholar Award.

403 likes, 21 comments, 57 shares

'Dream come true': Tumor Paint BLZ-100 gets go-ahead for first U.S. trial

Molecule that highlights cancer cells for surgery was pioneered by Fred Hutch’s Dr. Jim Olson, licensed by Blaze Bioscience.


336 likes, 23 comments, 48 shares

Dottie Thomas, 'mother of bone marrow transplant,' dies at age 92

Dottie and Nobel Prize-winning husband Dr. E. Donnall Thomas worked to prove that pioneering procedure could cure some cancers.


5 top Tweets

4,024 impressions

‘The successes kept you going’

Dr. Fred Appelbaum was a medical student in 1970 when he stumbled upon Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’ initial description of bone marrow transplantation in a medical journal and was transfixed.


3,138 impressions

Viruses on a plane!

Influenza viruses that infect mainly children circulate more slowly worldwide than those that infect mainly adults. The difference may be explained by an increasingly important factor in the spread of infectious diseases: modern air travel.


2,885 impressions

Angelina Jolie Pitt reveals she had ovaries removed

The actress has the BRCA1 mutation, which puts her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

1,810 impressions

It’s not cheating: Why oncologists want you to get a second opinion

Second (or third or fourth) opinions don’t always change cancer treatment, but they’re still important, experts say.

1,682 impressions

Surgeon general: Stop sunbathing and get out of the tanning bed

New report issues ‘call to action’ in wake of rising skin cancer rates.

5 most-viewed YouTube videos

OK Sweetheart – ‘Safe’

Dear Cancer – 2015 Hutch Holiday Gala video

Share your cancer story – Stem cell transplant

Dr. Jim Olson accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Your post-cancer body: No one will look at you in a negative way

5 most-viewed Instagram images

It’s #BlueFriday and we're ready, @seahawks!

Rain or shine, #FredHutch is here at #SeattlePride.

Obliteride lanterns float after being released into the pond at the south end of Seattle’s Lake Union.

We are fortunate enough to do groundbreaking research with a beautiful view of Lake Union.

What a gorgeous day in #Seattle.