Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday capped the best 12 months of his professional life but it has been a tough year off the court.
In December, British Davis Cup player Hutchins, a friend of Murray's for 15 years, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The 28-year-old, who was a fixture in Murray's player's box during the tournament, finished six months of chemotherapy last month and is hoping to receive the all clear before restarting training with the aim of being back on tour next year.
Murray has been closely involved in Hutchins' fundraising efforts for the Royal Marsden Hospital, helping organise last month's Rally Against Cancer event and donating his winners' cheque from Queen's Club.
The Scot was under huge pressure to win Wimbledon but said Hutchins' illness had influenced his thinking.
"He's extremely young to have something like that happening," said Murray. "It's shocking.
"When he asks you how you're feeling like after my semi-finals or the final in Australia at the beginning of the year, you think twice because it's not that bad in comparison to what he's going through.
"It definitely changes your perspective on things for sure."
Sunday was a whirlwind of interviews and activity for Murray, who arrived back at Wimbledon looking bleary-eyed after only an hour's sleep.
Following his media duties, Murray played tennis with competition winners at a community sports centre in Kennington before heading to Downing Street for a reception hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Cameron has already tipped Murray for a knighthood, but the man himself is less sure, saying: "I don't know if it merits that."
Having battled so hard to win a first grand slam title at the US Open last summer, Murray has now achieved two of his biggest goals in less than 12 months as well as winning Olympic gold.
The Scot was due to celebrate with his team last night before heading off on holiday for a few days.
But Murray is confident winning the most prestigious trophy in tennis will make him more not less hungry, with the defence of his US Open title the next big thing on the agenda.
He said: "I hope I don't lose hunger. I should be able to use this for motivation.
"I know what it's like losing in a Wimbledon final and I know what it's like winning one, and it's a lot better winning. The hard work is worth it.
"I just need to make sure I don't get sidetracked by anything after the next few days. Yes enjoy it and celebrate, then go away, rest up and get ready for the US Open.
"I've never had to defend a grand slam before, that will be a new experience for me, and I look forward to that."