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  • Mission and Values

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    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, the Institute 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.

    Core Values


    Above all else, we make a difference by relieving the burden of disease now and for the future through our research, clinical care, education, outreach and advocacy.


    We pursue excellence relentlessly and with integrity in all that we do, adhering always to the highest standards of conduct.

    Compassion and respect

    For those in our care and for one another.


    We foster the spirit of inquiry, promoting collaboration and innovation across traditional boundaries while celebrating individual creativity.

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    • Dana-Farber has an Office for Postdoctoral Training and Career Development to support the needs of more than 500 postdocs and graduate students.