Together, Outsmarting Cancer

What if cancer could be…

  • prevented with a vaccine?
  • detected in its earliest stages?
  • targeted with tailor-made therapies?

Discoveries by our cancer researchers and specialists are already resulting in longer, healthier lives for many patients.

With your generosity we can rapidly transform cancer from a life-threatening diagnosis into a preventable, treatable condition. Will you help us outsmart cancer?

Photo caption: After losing her mother to breast cancer and facing breast cancer herself, Kristi Blair (photographed) became a tireless advocate for breast cancer research, including for the development of cancer vaccines at the UW Medicine Cancer Vaccine Institute.

You Can Help Us Outsmart Cancer

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Your Impact

Thanks to generous donors like you, we have:

Developed a vaccine shown to reduce the risk of certain breast cancer recurrence by more than 50%.

Developed a test for Merkel cell carcinoma that reliably detects the recurrence of this aggressive cancer at its earliest stage.

Made discoveries in immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases which led to preventions and cures for virus-caused cancers, including cervical cancer and many head and neck cancers.

A Smart Investment in
Cancer Research, Care and Education

Your support helps us outsmart cancer by accelerating promising research, providing exceptional care and training the next generation of cancer specialists.

What makes us a smart investment?


UW Medicine brings together our region’s top cancer researchers and specialists in multidisciplinary teams to care for patients and do cutting-edge research. We are proud partners of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, along with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s and, as a leading academic research institution, we share the latest discoveries with the broader medical community to benefit all patients worldwide.


Our patients are benefiting today from the cancer treatments of tomorrow. Because we do both research and patient care, we can rapidly apply the latest discoveries in cancer research to help our patients live better, longer, healthier lives.


We’re addressing the systemic inequities that increase cancer risk and mortality among underserved communities. This includes research on disproportionate cancer mortality rates and projects to increase cancer screening in underserved populations.


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Cancer doesn’t have to be a life-threatening disease. Our scientists and clinicians are closer than ever to making cancer a preventable, treatable condition. But they can’t do it without your generous and visionary support.