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Are Utahns prepared for the end of their lives1
In the past year, national and local news have highlighted end-of-life decision situations that eventually led to legal interventions. On a local level, many Tribune readers followed University of Utah professors Peggy Battin and Brooke Hopkins as they made decisions individually and as a team with their providers to determine the course of his care following a traumatic bike accident. Both Brooke and Peggy had substantial conversations around this topic before and after his accident. After all, Ethics at the End-of-Life is Peggy’s specialty.

Salt Lake City Marathon heading in new direction

US golf resort gives all profit to cancer research and other charities

Sentinel-node biopsy improved DFS, staging in melanoma

Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union Pass it Along to Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Are Utahns prepared for the end of their lives

Positive interim phase 2 trial results for CAVATAK, novel cancer immunotherapy
New Clinical Data Shows Anti-tumour Activity at Non-injected Sites Dr Andtbacka?s presentation focussed on CAVATAK™?s activity in non-injected metastatic tumours in patients participating in the CALM study. Investigators reported partial or complete reduction of non-injected tumours in multiple patients who had been on treatment at least 8 weeks.

Gifted Utah therapy dog knew his mission was finished
Retirement freed up time for Springmeyer and an opportunity to share Putter¿s gifts with others. On visits to his terminally ill mother at a senior center, the attorney had noticed the cheer that his tiny white companion brought to the residents.

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The idea of a picture perfect wedding has always looked a little different through the eyes of Elizabeth Weissman and Vinnie Ryan.

Salt Lake County collecting sun safety items for homeless
Donation boxes located at all Salt Lake County Library branches, the Salt Lake County Government Center and the Huntsman Cancer Institute will be available for unexpired sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher, sunglasses with ultraviolet protection, and various hats, preferably those with wide brims.

6 percent of colorectal cancers developed within 5 years after colonoscopy
Approximately 6% of colorectal cancers are diagnosed within 3 to 5 years after the patient received a colonoscopy, according to findings from a recent population-based study.

Cancer screenings new goal could save lives
Dov Siporin was only 33 when he learned he had stage 4 colorectal cancer and that he likely had one to two years to live, just months after he noticed symptoms of the disease. "I got the bad lottery draw here," he said. "No family history of it, nothing. The lightning just struck."

T-VEC promotes tumor shrinkage in unresectable melanoma
The oncolytic immunotherapeutic vaccine talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) promoted tumor shrinkage in 64% of patients with advanced melanoma, including a marked reduction in the size of uninjected metastatic lesions, according to a retrospective analysis presented at the 67th Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium.

ARUP Laboratories adds Prosigna to its test menu
ARUP Laboratories announced on Monday, March 3, that it has added the Prosigna Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature assay to its comprehensive suite of breast cancer diagnostic tests. This assay is FDA 510(k) cleared for node-negative (stage I or II) or node-positive (stage II), hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer patients.

Greeks keep their seats, Future philanthropy events outlined
The Student Senate approved the revisions of the Union Constitution on Monday; this is a positive change for Greek life. The Senate also removed every reference to the Inter Fraternity Council and Panhellenic Council except for the Greek senator positions where they voted to keep these positions. This removed the clauses giving the Judicial Board the right to review all IFC and Panhel legislation and well those outlining Greek Judicial Board. The Rensselaer Union Constitution now reflects that the IFC and Panhel are independently constituted bodies and that the Union does not have jurisdiction over their actions. This also gives the IFC and Panhel constitutions the ability to define the Greek Judicial Board separately.

Stand-up comedy fundraiser puts a light-hearted spin on a serious subject
If you like laughing and helping people, listen up. An amateur stand-up comedy fundraiser is being held later this month.

Taken by breast cancer, vibrant Utah prof leaves stories for young son
Before she died, Beverly Brehl knitted her preschooler a blanket decorated with every superhero emblem along with his own, called "Super Jack." She hoped that when he wrapped it around himself, he would feel her love.

New fighter wins Sigma Chi Fight Night
The boxer took his last punch in the championship match and the crowd went wild. Reigning Fight Night champion, Kyle Dahl, lost his title Friday night to new champion Bowling Green sophomore Chase Proctor.

Building a better mouse model to understand pancreatic cancer
Cancer of the pancreas is usually not detected until it's too late to cure. But precursor lesions that form in the pancreas and its ducts can signal the disease before it strikes, and when caught early enough, they can be prevented from progressing to become cancer.

Pap smears in perpetuity
Most older women don¿t need the routine Pap tests used to check for cervical cancer.

Man completes 100-mile race a year after beginning cancer treatments
John Maack, known by his friends as "Johnny Runner," received some devastating news with a cancer diagnosis in late 2012. That didn't hold him back. Just a year after his first cancer treatment, Maack ran a 100-mile race. He is in remission.

Pay it Forward Dov Siporin
Dov was declared terminal with stage four colon cancer six years ago. Despite more than 3,000 hours of chemo, he refuses to stop fighting. He spreads love and humor to others being treated for cancer. He showed up recently at Huntsman Cancer Institute as the Chemo Cupid to hand out chocolate and celebrate Valentine's Day.

Mary Beckerle Adhesion Signaling and Cancer
Cell-substratum adhesion is mediated by integrins, a family of transmembrane, heterodimeric, extracellular matrix receptors that are concentrated at focal adhesions. Integrin engagement influences a variety of signaling pathways and regulates cell behaviors including motility, proliferation, and survival.

National poll shows public divided on genetic testing to predict cancer risk1
A national poll from the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute shows 34 percent of respondents would not seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer - even if the cost of the testing was not an issue. Concerns about employment and insurability were cited as the primary reason, even though current laws prohibit such discrimination.

National poll shows public divided on genetic testing to predict cancer risk
A national poll from the University of Utah¿s Huntsman Cancer Institute shows 34 percent of respondents would not seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer ¿ even if the cost of the testing was not an issue. Concerns about employment and insurability were cited as the primary reason, even though current laws prohibit such discrimination.

Radon test kits available as part of Radon Awareness Month
It is colorless, odorless and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The radioactive gas radon is released as uranium in soil and rocks decays and has been linked to more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United State each year. But most people are unaware of the dangers radon poses to them and their families.

A Medical Oncologist Perspective of the Genitourinary Cancer Symposium
Dr. Agarwal is an assistant professor in the Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the director of the Genitourinary Oncology Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Agarwal has attended this Symposium every year since 2010 because he has had a number of ¿very enriching experiences¿ here.

Sister May Save the Life of Her Brother
Joey McClure is fighting Leukemia. He was diagnosed with cancer back in September. At the time, Joey and his family were living in Washington. Joey was attending graduate school when he found out he was ill. Doctors first gave him a 15-to-20 percent chance that he would live. "You just have to make a conscious choice and tell yourself that you can take this 2 ways," said Joey. "You can get angry with yourself and get angry with God because this is happening to you, or you can learn from it."

Inspirational documentarian, and philanthropist visits Utah
A documentary called Pursuit to Give and Inspire will be released today January 28th, 2014. This documentary shows the harrowing journey of the Sarcoma Warriors. Miles2Give is a Non-Profit organization which raises money to fight sarcoma.

Rexahn initiates phase IIa clinical trial of Archexin in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma
Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announced the initiation of a Phase IIa clinical proof-of- concept trial to study the safety and efficacy of Archexin in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

Concerts at Sundance kick-off January 17, 2014
The kick-off concert of the series of Concerts At Sundance (not affiliated with the Sundance Film Festival or the Sundance Institute) was on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Trolley Square Auditorium in Salt Lake City, UT. It featured Rachel Adell, Katie Cole, The Zero Summers, and The Lovecapades. Produced by Power Media Entertainment and televised live by Studio #5Alive to a worldwide audience, this was an outstanding entertainment for all ages. It was a benefit concert for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Genetic counseling via telephone as effective as in-person counseling1
Genetic counseling delivered over the telephone is as effective as face-to-face counseling, finds the largest randomized study to date comparing the two methods. The multi-center study, led by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was reported today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Driggs ID, Huntsman Springs, a luxury golf and club community
It's rare when you can live in a spectacular place and are able to contribute something beneficial to the world simply by living there. Huntsman Springs is such a place -- an award-winning master planned golf and club community developed by Jon Huntsman, Sr. to establish a vacation home destination where his family, and others like it, could escape the clamor of urban life and find a place of serenity and beauty in the hitherto undeveloped Teton Valley of Western Idaho.

Genetic counseling via telephone as effective as in-person counseling
Genetic counseling delivered over the telephone is as effective as face-to-face counseling, finds the largest randomized study to date comparing the two methods. The multi-center study, led by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was reported today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Announces Recipients of The Screen to Lead Grant Program
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) today is pleased to announce the researchers who will receive funding through The Screen to Lead program - a new grant program to support drug discovery specifically directed toward medicinal chemistry and/or drug target screening in blood cancers.

Cell Mechanism Discovery Key to Stopping Breast Cancer Metastasis
Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah discovered a cellular mechanism that drives breast cancer metastasis, as well as a therapy which blocks that mechanism. The research results were recently published online in the journal Cell Reports.

Person 2 Person Jon Huntsman Sr.
Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the wealthiest people in the country; he has donated a large portion of his wealth to build the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. Shauna Lake sat down Person to Person to find out the motives behind his charitable giving.

Cervical cancer screening overused in some groups of women
For the past ten years, clinicians throughout the United States have been performing unnecessary Pap tests for cervical cancer screening in certain groups of women, according to a researcher from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. The research results were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Concert series will raise money for cancer research
The second annual Concerts at Sundance has three goals. To raise awareness for cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. To expose independent musicians to industry insiders. To provide the public reasonable priced and free concerts

Utah physician wins research funding for childhood cancers
Dr. Kevin Jones, a pediatric oncologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, will continue his research targeting metabolism in alveolar soft part sarcoma genesis. Cancer cell metabolism is a growing field of study, according to the young scientist, and his work delves into the body's production and consumption of lactate as it pertains to tumor growth.

Celebrating real-life princesses and winning the lottery
Celebrating real-life princesses and winning the lottery.

Utah physician wins funding for research of childhood cancer
A Utah physician and researcher is one of five in the country who secured a grant to further study childhood cancer. The money ¿ $125,000 for three years ¿ comes from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for kids with cancer.

Cancer deaths continue to drop
More than 1.6 million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis this year, and more than half a million are projected to die from the disease. But according to a new report from the American Cancer Society, lives continue to be spared by ongoing cancer research and increased awareness efforts.

Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation announces 2013 A award recipients, provides grants to young scientists to jumpstart careers in pediatric oncology research
Alex¿s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, has just announced the awarding of five ¿A¿ Awards to promising young researchers across the country, totaling $1.875 million in new grants. The grants, which will extend to researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University Institute (Augusta, GA), Huntsman Cancer Institute (Salt Lake City, UT), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY), University of Maryland (College Park, MD) & Washington University (St. Louis, MO), are designed for young scientists who want to establish their career in pediatric oncology. Recipients will each receive $375,000 over the course of three years.

New cell mechanism discovery key to stopping breast cancer metastasis1
Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body (metastasis), as well as a therapy which blocks that mechanism. The research results were published online in the journal Cell Reports on January 2.

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Finds New Breast Cancer Metastasis Mechanism
Researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer, known as metastasis, to other parts of the body.

Radon awareness month
January is Radon Awareness Month ¿ you can¿t smell it or see it, so here¿s what you need to know to protect yourself from it.

Financial Fix Developing a plan to pay for cancer care
A cancer diagnosis could break the bank, but it doesn¿t have to. RELATED ARTICLES Get Organized In the midst of being treated for breast cancer, Glenda Chambers developed a problem: her immunity crashed. Her doctors prescribed Neupogen (filgrastim), a drug that boosts white blood cell production, and sent her home. A two-week supply of the drug was delivered to her home in Mobile, Ala., with a bill¿Chambers¿ 20 percent co-pay.

New cell mechanism discovery key to stopping breast cancer metastasis
Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body (metastasis), as well as a therapy which blocks that mechanism. The research results were published online in the journal Cell Reports on January 2

Americas 50 top givers
The ranking of the 50 biggest givers is based solely on money given out, not pledged, in calendar year 2012. Click here for the complete methodology.

Utah economy expected to grow in 2014, analysts say
Utah¿s economy stands poised for growth in 2014, according to two local economic analysts. The Salt Lake Chamber and commercial real estate firm CBRE on Thursday released the Fall 2013 Economic Outlook for the state and Salt Lake County.

Renegades of cell biology, Why K-ras gene mutations prove so deadly in cancer
Cells with a mutation in the gene called K-Ras¿found in close to 30 percent of all cancers, but mostly those with worst prognosis, such as pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer¿behave in ways that subvert the normal mechanisms of cell death, according to a cell-culture study by researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.

Huntsman Cancer Institute discovery translates into clinical FDA-cleared breast cancer test at ARUP Laboratories
The PAM50 breast cancer signature developed at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute received FDA approval and will launch at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City. The test utilizes gene expression data from 50 genes weighted together with clinical variables to generate a risk category and numerical score to assess a patient's risk of distant recurrence at ten years in postmenopausal women with node-negative (Stage I or II) or node-positive (Stage II), Hormone Receptor-Positive (HR+) breast cancer.

Genetics Society of America announces recipients of spring 2014 DeLill Nasser award
The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of eleven early career researchers ¿ five graduate students and six postdoctoral researchers ¿ as recipients of a spring 2014 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. The award is a $1,000 travel grant for each researcher to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course that will enhance his or her career.

No buts about it, a colonoscopy can save your life
Julie Grunden had put off a screening colonoscopy for 15 years; one year longer and she may have paid for the delay with her life.

Last Call For Performers For Concerts At Sundance
Concerts at Sundance featuring local and international artists will take place January 17 ­ 24, 2014. The annual music festival will take place during the Sundance Film Festival with proceeds going to support the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Jonathan Tward on UEN Sci Fi Friday
Jonathan Tward of the University of Utah's Department of Radiation Oncology discusses iridium poisoning, radiation treatment and the classic murder mystery, "D.O.A."

A Christmas Story Live nativity takes place in Alpine in The Daily Herald
There is hardly a lull in December with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. There is shopping, cooking and family gatherings. There are crowds at the malls, Christmas music over every loud speaker and overall panic to get everything done in time.

4 Things Your Ob Gyn Wants You to Know About Cervical Cancer
We¿ve come a long way, ladies. It used to be that cervical cancer was the No. 1 cause of cancer death for women. Not anymore¿all thanks to regular screenings (make yours part of a comprehensive half-day University of Utah Health Care clinic). Here¿s what you need to know to keep the trend going.

Gov. Gary Herbert reveals 13.3B budget for next year on KSL News
Gov. Gary Herbert was mostly upbeat Wednesday as he highlighted his $13.3 billion budget proposal that includes $261 million in new money for education and $36 million to expand the state prison at Gunnison.

Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday, Cyber Monday on FOX News
You survived black Friday, surfed all the deals on Cyber Monday, and just when you thought it was over there's another day meant to kick-start the season of giving - "Giving Tuesday."

Current colon cancer screening guidelines may fail to catch 10 percent of colon cancers
For people with a family history of adenomas (colon polyps that lead to colon cancer), up to 10 percent of colorectal cancers could be missed when current national screening guidelines are followed. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second deadliest.

Utahns team up with NFL players to fight hunger cancer FOX 13
A pair of neighborhoods that were once bitter gang rivals have established a Thanksgiving tradition, and Thursday players from Glendale and Rose Park suited up for their annual football game.

Cancer survivor counts getting hit by car as blessing
"Is my bike ok"? Yes, those really were the first words out of my mouth. Seconds before I had been riding my bike from Layton to Logan to join my family for the 4th of July fireworks at USU.

Utah study Unnecessary Pap tests still common
Millions of American women, including those who have had hysterectomies, continue to be unnecessarily screened for cervical cancer, says a University of Utah researcher.

Presentation of Vicals AlloVectin phase 3 results scheduled at Society for Melanoma Research meeting
Vical Incorporated (Nasdaq:VICL) today announced that Robert H.I. Andtbacka, M.D., C.M., will present detailed results from the completed Phase 3 trial of Allovectin® (velimogene aliplasmid) at 4:45 p.m. EST today, November 18, at the 10th International Meeting of the Society for Melanoma Research (Philadelphia, PA - November 17-20). Dr. Andtbacka, a surgeon and investigator with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah School of Medicine, was a principal investigator of the Phase 3 trial.

Huntsman Cancer Institute receives very unique donation from USU Business Council on Friday
The Business Council of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business made a donation on Friday to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, sending letters of encouragement, sleeping masks and origami flowers.

Promiscuous Mouse Moms Bear Sexier Sons on Health Canal
University of Utah biologists found that when mother mice compete socially for mates in a promiscuous environment, their sons play hard and die young: They attract more females by making more urinary pheromones, but smelling sexier shortens their lives.

How To Detect Liver Cancer with Dr. Robin Kim
We hear a lot about breast, lung and colon cancer, but cancer of the liver is one of the few on the rise in the United States partly because it's so tricky to detect. Robin Kim, MD joins the KUTV crew to talk about liver cancer warning signs.

Acupuncture Can Help Cancer Symptoms
Annie Budhathoki is featured on KUTV to give a look into the world of acupuncture.

Dr. Oz Tours CeCe
Mehmet Oz, from the Dr. Oz Show, toured HCI's inflatable colon display with FOX 13 to talk about colon cancer prevention.

Things You Can Do For A Loved One Who Has Been Diagnosed With Cancer
Lori Maness, HCI outreach coordinator, appeared on Good Things Utah to talk about what someone can do for a loved one who has been recently diagnosed with cancer.

Robins Return and the Huntsman Cancer Institute on ABC 4 News
Part of the Robin's Return series, Dr. Michael Deininger from Huntsman Cancer Institute explains what MDS is and how to treat it.

Robins return the fight to survive and thrive on ABC 4 News
Part of the Robin's Return series: The fight to survive and thrive on ABC 4 News features an HCI patient.

Doctors Do Not Want To Be Resuscitated on KUTV News
Anna Beck spoke to KUTV News about what her preference would be for end of life.

Toothache Leads To Rare Deadly Form Of Skin Cancer - KUTV
An HCI patient with melanoma in his mouth talked about his diagnosis.

Cancer Patient Has Unique Way of Spreading Happiness on KSL
An HCI patient copes with his cancer diagnosis through humor, spreading joy to other survivors in the process.

News Cancer Treatment KSL
HCI's Ryan O'Hara, MD, spoke to KSL about microscopic spheres that directly target a tumor.

Facial Prosthetics on KUTV News
Paul Tanner, HCI's facial prosthetics artist, was featured on KUTV News.

Cancer Awareness Expo on KUTV
Donna Branson, from HCI's Cancer Learning Center, spoke to KUTV about the 2012 Cancer Awareness Expo.

Cancer Prevention And Early Detection
Donna Branson, from HCI's Cancer Learning Center, talked to KUTV about cancer warning signs and screenings.

Breast Cancer Awareness on Fox13
Anna Beck, HCI oncologist, appeared on Good Day Utah to talk about breast cancer awareness.

Breast Cancer Research on KUTV
Lisa Cannon-Albright spoke to KUTV about her history with breast cancer and warning signs.

Breast Cancer Awareness on ABC4
HCI's Anna Beck, MD, spoke to ABC4 about breast cancer warning signs and risk.

Huntsman Cancer Apartments on KUTV
Pay It Forward on KUTV News featured the work of Adrienne Wilson with the Huntsman Cancer Apartments.

Cancer Awareness Expo on KUED
HCI's Lori Maness appeared on KUED Contact to speak about the 2012 Cancer Awareness Expo.