Cancer Research

You want to end cancer. So do we.

People facing cancer deserve better, more tolerable treatments and cures. All of us need better prevention and detection methods. These discoveries are within reach — with you. 

Fearless Science Can Save Lives

Cancer still affects too many people. At Fred Hutch, our world-leading researchers are collaborating across disciplines to prevent cancer, improve treatments, and give more families more time together. Now, we need you. Your contribution to our Cancer Research Fund goes directly to work — supporting the breakthrough research it takes to save lives.

Fred Hutch researchers target more than two dozen cancers, from common forms, such as breast and prostate, to cancers that affect children, to deadly and understudied types, such as pancreatic cancer. Our goal? A world where no person has to fear this disease.

Your support provides the most precious gift of all — time.

Your gift to our Cancer Research Fund will have immediate and long-term impact.

Our Research

Fred Hutch researchers are attacking cancer from every angle. We are studying the basic biology of both healthy cells and cancer cells to disrupt illness, exploring the link between genetics and cancer, using new technologies to unlock the powerful information hidden in enormous data sets, and harnessing the immune system to fight disease. Your contribution helps make it possible.

Our work includes:

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Immunology and Immunotherapy

Immunology and Immunotherapy

Our scientists are discovering new ways to tap into the immune system’s disease-fighting power, including new options for people facing solid tumor cancers.

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Data and Technology

Data and Technology

Hutch data and lab researchers collaborate to harness advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify cancer risk, detect disease, and customize treatment.

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Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine

Deciphering cancer at the genetic and molecular level is allowing us to improve diagnoses, treatments, and therapies targeted to the individual patient.

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Basic Science

Basic Science

Hutch investigators are advancing our understanding of the basic biology of life processes, including the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind cancer and other diseases.

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Survivorship

Survivorship

We conduct research on cancer survivorship to help guide care for cancer survivors and learn more about the challenges they face after their treatment ends.

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Health Outcomes

Health Outcomes

To address unjust inequities in health, care, research, and other areas, Fred Hutch is committed to reducing health disparities, improving access to treatment, and changing institutional practices.

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Prevention

Prevention

Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences division, one of the most highly acclaimed cancer prevention programs in the country, conducts rigorous research to help people stay healthier.

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Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

We work to improve treatment of serious infections among cancer patients, halt COVID-19, HIV and other infectious diseases, and intercept viruses and infections that can cause cancer.

“People look to the Hutch for progress and cures. That’s our job, and that’s what we’re doing.”

— Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., Fred Hutch president and director and holder of the Raisbeck Endowed Chair

Featured Researchers

Fred Hutch’s 3,000 staff, including more than 325 scientific faculty, are united by a passion for discovery, deep humanity, and a commitment to cures. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities, they collaborate across five divisions to generate new discoveries and translate them into lifesaving clinical practice, therapies, and public health approaches. 

Dr. Cyrus Ghajar

Dr. Cyrus Ghajar

Dr. Cyrus Ghajar researches breast cancer relapse and metastasis to understand how cancer cells evade therapy only to reawaken years after treatment — and find new ways to save lives. 

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Dr. Marie Bleakley

Dr. Marie Bleakley

Dr. Bleakley is a pediatric leukemia specialist who focuses on improving survival and decreasing treatment side effects for patients, especially children, who have high-risk forms of leukemia.    

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Dr. Rachel Issaka

Dr. Rachel Issaka

Dr. Issaka is a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher who is working to decrease the number of people who die from colorectal cancer, especially in communities that have unjust and unequal access to medical care.

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Dr. Denise Buenorostro
Dr. Denise Buenorostro Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

A Passion for Science, a Personal Mission

When you give to Fred Hutch, you join a community dedicated to an urgent mission — improving lives.

As a cancer survivor herself, postdoctoral research fellow Denise Buenrostro knows the importance of the research conducted every day at Fred Hutch. 

“When I survived cancer, I decided to take my second chance at life and do something that was going to make a difference. I chose to dedicate my life to finding therapies that would increase cancer patients’ survival and quality of life.”  

As part of the Chapuis Lab, Dr. Buenorostro works to develop T cells — a type of immune cell — that identify and eliminate life-threatening viral infections and malignancies from patients who have received blood stem cell transplants.

Your gift to our Cancer Research Fund will have immediate and long-term impact.