Transforming Cancer Care

“You have cancer.” Next year, 1.6 million Americans will hear those words, and begin the fight of their lives. They will battle an incredibly complex disease, face lengthy treatments across multiple specialties, and navigate a system of care that can seem uncoordinated, confusing, and focused on everything but them.

We can do better. Transforming Cancer Care is a comprehensive and unprecedented effort to put the world’s best cancer science to work for patients and deliver a new, transformative model of care. Armed with the power of Stanford’s biomedical innovation, the compassion of our caregivers, and the support of visionary philanthropic partners like you, we’ll turn deadly diagnoses into conditions that can be treated, managed, transcended—or maybe, prevented altogether.

“This initiative is crucial in changing the way we fight cancer. For all the progress made over the past 50 years, there is still so much to be done—in discovery, in delivery of care, in making sure the best treatments are accessible and affordable to cancer patients everywhere. With the innovations Stanford Medicine is known for, and the support of our philanthropic partners, we will create a better way forward in cancer care. And we’ll share that path with the world.”

Beverly Mitchell, MD
Director, Stanford Cancer Institute
George E. Becker Professor of Medicine

Compassion for
patients and families

“Healing isn’t just taking medicines, it’s having your family and friends around...”

A new way forward

Offering bold new approaches for treatment, prediction, prevention, and survival.

Creating a new standard
of care

Changing more than the prognosis and experience of cancer patients.

Fighting the toughest cancers

Turning deadly diagnoses into manageable conditions begins in the laboratory.

Capturing the power of Stanford science

Understanding cancers at their basic biological level is the beginning.

Seizing the innovations
of our age

Funding innovative research ideas that will capture the possibilities of our age.

How will we know when we’ve succeeded?

  • When our patients and their families say we have taken responsibility for the complexity of their care
  • When multidisciplinary care coordinators guide every patient and every family through every step of their cancer journey
  • When more patients—especially those with the toughest cancers—have realistic hopes for good outcomes
  • When no game-changing cancer research idea at Stanford goes unexplored due to lack of funding
  • When diagnosis and treatment are overshadowed by prediction and prevention
  • When our new model is replicated across other disease areas and around the world


Follow @StanfordCancer on Twitter to learn more about Stanford Medicine's world-class cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.

To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Medical Center Development.

Michele Thompson
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts
Specialist Fundraiser, Cancer Initiatives