“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 49.6/100
Cancer genetics and molecular targeted treatments.
University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Clinicians are well-trained and highly skilled. Patient and family support services are available to help find answers to questions, access resources and reduce the distress associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Huntsman is a foundry of research; its labs are state of the art and supported by advanced services, including an imaging department capable of providing molecular-level views of tumors. Investigators devote much time and effort to understand cancer from its beginnings in order to determine how to create safer and more effective treatments. Researchers also explore how genes function — the goal is to discover possible methods of preventing, circumventing or even reversing the genetic changes that cause cancer. The number of clinical trial participation opportunities for patients is limited.