Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the United States and throughout the world.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's ultimate goal is the eradication of cancer, AIDS, and related diseases and the fear that they engender. Above all else, Dana-Farber makes a difference by relieving the burden of disease now and for the future through our research, clinical care, education, outreach and advocacy.
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Dana-Farber Is Celebrating 75 Years
In 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was founded as the Children's Cancer Research Foundation by Sidney Farber, MD. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and faculty, the tremendous trust of patients and families, and the support of the community, Dana-Farber is celebrating 75 years of Dr. Farber’s legacy of groundbreaking research and exceptional care.
In 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge was founded by Billy Starr and has been fundraising for Dana-Farber ever since – funding Dana-Farber for 43 years, more than half of its history!
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Is the Top Pediatric Cancer Program in the US
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center was named #1 in the nation in US News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Children's Hospitals report. Dana-Farber/Boston Children's has been recognized as one of the top three pediatric cancer centers in the country each year since the ranking's inception, earning more #1 rankings than any other program.Learn More