Who We Are
Our mission is to transform the future of cancer care. Each day we work to turn science into a practical benefit; hope into reality. We accomplish that by unifying the branches of biomedical research, treatment and academia. Having scientists, treatment staff and manufacturing facilities in close proximity, our treatment advances can travel from laboratory to patient with life-saving speed.
City of Hope is one of only 53 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. The NCI designation recognizes excellence in treatment, research and expertise to address the many facets of the disease. We’re also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), reflecting our national leadership in advancing research and treatment. NCCN member institutions are recognized for their world-renowned experts and for treating complex, rare and aggressive forms of cancer.
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From day one, compassion has been woven into the heart and soul of our institution. Compassion for our patients, their families and our team members.
We show compassion not only through treatment, but also through our philanthropy and advocacy, through our humanistic approach to research and care and through our day-to-day relationships with every individual.
We demonstrate compassion for our peers and colleagues by showing empathy and treating each other with dignity and respect.
We focus on turning great science into practical benefit as quickly as possible.
We tenaciously pursue new and better ways to improve the lives of people around the world. We are driven to provide new treatments for more people every day.
Our passion for serving others extends to our own people. We believe that providing opportunities to our own team members to engage and build community with colleagues helps them work more effectively.
We choose the right path, not the easy one.
We promote a “just culture” environment that requires each of us to do the right thing to ensure patient safety. We do what’s best for our patients and our community, every moment of every day.
Integrity guides us to engage passionately in our work, step up to every challenge and conduct our business with transparency. We hold ourselves accountable for following through with our commitments and doing the right thing.
Our reputation for scientific excellence stems from our determination to aggressively pursue new lines of inquiry.
We are lifelong learners committed to making pioneering discoveries and moving them forward for the benefit of patients and the scientific community worldwide. Our curiosity has fueled our innovation, creating life-changing moments and lifesaving breakthroughs, like developing the first synthetic human insulin and numerous cancer-fighting drugs.
Our commitment to advancing science while providing compassionate care has established us as the benchmark in fighting cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
We strive for excellence in our processes and outcomes without compromising safety. We encourage every individual to use their best judgment, achieve synergies and make decisions that align with our mission, values and worldwide reputation for excellence.
We work as one team, united by a common purpose. We are a community of experts, combining the resources of leading-edge scientific research, drug manufacturing, clinical care, graduate education, philanthropy and supportive care services.
Recognizing the value that bringing together diverse perspectives provides, we create an environment where new partnerships thrive, where barriers to freely sharing knowledge do not exist and where the right stakeholders are engaged from the beginning.
Our focus is on the complete patient experience. We’re organizationally structured for increasing the speed with which our treatment solutions progress from research lab to production facility to patient.
As an independent biomedical, treatment and academic center, City of Hope is focused on basic and clinical research in cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other chronic, life-threatening diseases.
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From our earliest days as simply two tents in the desert, City of Hope has transformed over the decades to become of the nation’s leading-edge cancer treatment and care centers. Explore the timeline of our history and discover some of the breakthrough innovations and achievements that helped build our legacy.