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Our Mission of Hope  
Through Research, Education, and Care
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Huntsman Cancer Institute's mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.

Hope through Research

The scientists at HCI are focused on understanding cancer from its very beginnings and on translating this knowledge to safer and more effective treatments. Specialists work in cancer-specific teams to ensure that each patient benefits from the most current understanding of science and bedside care.

  • Researchers study genetic and molecular changes – the earliest events that lead to cancer.
  • Specialized research clinics identify, study, and educate families with inherited predispositions to melanoma, and breast, colon, or pancreas cancer.
  • Clinical trials bring promising new therapies to qualifying patients.
  • HCI is the steward of the Utah Population Database (UPDB), the world's most comprehensive population database. Using this powerful tool, HCI researchers study cancer patterns and identify new cancer-causing gene mutations. HCI scientists have discovered genes involved in development of colon and breast cancer, melanoma, and paraganglioma.

Hope through Education

Huntsman Cancer Institute offers patients and the general public information on specific cancers, treatments, cancer risk factors, and prevention and screening guidelines.

  • The Cancer Learning Center has one of the most extensive collections of cancer-related materials in the United States.
  • The Cancer Types and Topics section of the Huntsman Cancer Institute website provides cancer patients, their loved ones, and the general public with information about common types of cancer as well as relevant cancer-related topics that include a collection of resources and links specific to each subject.
  • Huntsman Cancer Information Service is a toll-free telephone service staffed by cancer information specialists who can provide accurate, personalized information on all aspects of cancer.
  • Cancer Education Outreach Program provides presentations to public groups upon request. Subject matter includes nutrition and cancer prevention; the general biology and development of cancer; prevention strategies; cancer's warning signs; cancer screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer; skin cancer prevention and early detection; tobacco cessation; and an overview of HCI's programs and services.

Hope through Care

Huntsman Cancer Institute provides a team approach to inpatient and outpatient care for all forms of adult cancer.

  • People with all types of cancer are diagnosed and treated in HCI's outpatient clinics.
  • Treatment can include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and small surgical procedures.
  • Patients requiring hospitalization are admitted to the 50-bed cancer hospital at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Quick Facts
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  • Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Founder Jon M. Huntsman, philanthropist, industrialist and cancer survivor, and his wife, Karen, are personally committed to finding a cure for cancer and relieving the suffering it causes.
  • HCI researchers have identified a number of cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. These discoveries have led to improvements in cancer care and prevention.
  • HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a 21-member alliance of the world's leading cancer centers located throughout the United States.
  • HCI holds Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in the five-state Intermountain West.
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute is part of the University of Utah Health Sciences.
  • HCI operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer.
  • HCI utilizes a team approach to cancer care that includes personalized treatment, genetic counseling, educational resources, and pain and palliative care.
  • The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation's largest collections of cancer-related publications.
  • HCI manages the Utah Population Database (UPDB), the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics.
  • HCI cares for more than 30 percent of Utah's cancer patients.
  • In 2010, more than 58,000 outpatient visits were recorded, 3,000 surgeries were performed, and 11,000 infusion therapy treatments were provided.

By The Numbers
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IN 2010

  • 58,578 Outpatient clinic visits
  • 23,000 Radiation treatments delivered
  • 11,305 Infusion visits
  • 3,024 Surgical cases

BUILDING FACTS

  • 517,118 Total square feet, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital
  • 156,000 Square feet, HCI expansion
  • 100 beds
  • 102 examination/procedure rooms
  • 84 treatment rooms
  • 68 total chemotherapy stations
  • 5 Linear accelerators
  • 2 digital mammography machines
  • 1 Intraoperative MRI
  • 1 daVinci Surgical Robot

PERSONNEL

  • 1,400 Total number of employees
  • 160 HCI Investigators
  • 93 Physicians

Cancer Facts
Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Cancer Learning Center      

Cancer Facts 
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  • This year about 569,490 Americans are expected to die of cancer—more than 1,500 people a day.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States.
  • In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 deaths are from cancer.
  • Men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the lifetime risk is approximately a little more than 1 in 3.
  • This year about 1,529,560 new cancer cases will be diagnosed nationwide; 9,970 will be in Utah.
  • The overall estimated cost of cancer in 2010 is $263.8 billion.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
  • The greatest risk factor for cancer is age, with about 78 percent of all cancers diagnosed at age 55 and older.
  • Although uncommon, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children.
  • About one-third of U.S. cancer deaths are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.

 Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2010 - American Cancer Society

Huntsman Cancer Foundation  
Quick Facts
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  • Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s current priorities are to fund the construction of The Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute and to fund research by cancer types such as women’s cancers, brain cancers, lung cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, urologic cancers, blood cancers, sarcomas, etc.  Donors may restrict donations to any area of cancer interest.
  • All Huntsman Cancer Institute fundraising initiatives occur through Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which is a public, functionally-integrated, Type III 501(c)(3). 
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded in 1995 with a $125 million gift from the Jon M. Huntsman family. 
  • In 1995, the Huntsman family founded the Huntsman Cancer Foundation with its sole purpose to ensure the financial future of the research, education, and treatment programs at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Since 1995, the Jon M. Huntsman family has contributed approximately $400 million to the construction, maintenance, and operation of Huntsman Cancer Institute.
    • The Jon M. Huntsman family and Huntsman Cancer Foundation have raised an additional $1 billion, for a total philanthropic investment in Huntsman Cancer Institute of $1.4 billion. More than 120,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations have supported the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute is part of the University of Utah and is not owned by the Huntsman family. 
  • In 2007, the Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Mr. Huntsman in the second place position on its 2007 list of largest donors. He has been motivated by his personal experience with cancer and his concern for the global human family.
  • One family cannot do it alone.  The Huntsman family has seeded the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  It is now up to the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups to sustain its lifesaving work. 

One hundred percent of all donations benefit Huntsman Cancer Institute. Through generous underwriting support by Jon and Karen Huntsman, no overhead is deducted from gifts.

Cancer Learning Center  
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The mission of the Cancer Learning Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute is to encourage and empower patients and the public to become active participants in their health care by increasing their knowledge and understanding of cancer topics relevant to their personal health needs.

The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) provides education about cancer, its causes and prevention, and options for treatment to patients, their loved ones, and the general public.

  • Trained health educators are on staff to help patrons access the most current, easy-to-understand information about cancer and new developments in cancer research.
  • Answers to your cancer-related questions are available free of charge, in person, by phone, or by email.
    • Phone toll-free 1-888-424-2100
    • Email patient.education@hci.utah.edu
    • Visit the CLC, located on the sixth floor of the cancer hospital, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The CLC’s Community Outreach Program educates the public about cancer risk, prevention, and care and provides presentations by cancer information specialists and volunteers to health fairs, schools, worksites, and community groups upon request.
  • A lending library is on site, with a collection of more than 3,500 cancer-related books, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and CDs. Additional materials (reference books, brochures, newsletters) are available for use at the CLC.
  • Personal assistance is available in both English and Spanish.
  • The Cancer Learning Center has directly reached more than 202,000 people worldwide by phone, email, and in person since it opened September 13, 1999. 

Jon M. Huntsman
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AFFILIATIONS

Founder and Executive Chairman,
Huntsman Corporation

Founder and Chairman, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Benefactor, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University 

Chairman and Co-Founder, Huntsman Gay Global Capital

AWARDS

1994   Kaveler Award, Most Outstanding CEO, Chemical Industry

2004   Othmer Award, Outstanding Inventions in Plastics, Chemical Heritage Foundation

2006   American Red Cross Excellence in Governance Award

1991   Armenian Medal of Honor

1994   American Academy of Achievement

1996   Great Humanitarian Award Freedom Foundation

1997   Horatio Alger National Award

1999   Armenian Presidential Award

2000   Named One of Ten Most Influential Utahns in the 20th Century

2001   Entrepreneur of the Year

2003   Humanitarian of the Year

2008   Medal of Honor, American Cancer Society

2010   Distinguished Public Service Award, American Assn. for Cancer Research, Inducted into Idaho’s Hall of Fame, National Award for Charity (Restoring Honor Day, Washington, D.C.)

Jon M. Huntsman is Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals.

Forty years ago, Mr. Huntsman began a small entrepreneurial plastics packaging business.   Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, its operating companies today manufacture chemical products used in a wide range of industries, with more than 11,000 employees and multiple locations worldwide.  The Company’s annual revenues exceed $10 billion.

Mr. Huntsman earned his under-graduate degree at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.  He has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorate degrees.

Mr. Huntsman was a U.S. Naval Gunnery Officer.  He served under President Richard M. Nixon as Special Assistant to the President and as White House Staff Secretary.  

Jon Huntsman authored a book on corporate ethics entitled, Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten).   The second edition is entitled Winners Never Cheat: Even in Difficult Times, which was listed on the Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers List.

Mr. Huntsman is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost concerned citizens and philanthropists.  His lifetime humanitarian giving, including contributions to the homeless, the ill and the under-privileged, exceeds $1.2 billion and has assisted thousands, both domestically and internationally.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Mr. Huntsman second on their 2007 list of largest donors.

Mr. Huntsman and his wife, Karen, founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 1995 to accelerate the work of curing cancer through human genetics.  The Institute is now one of America's major cancer research centers dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, as well as a state-of-the-art hospital treating cancer patients. 

Mr. Huntsman is a Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in senior leadership positions for the past fifty years.

Jon and Karen Huntsman are the parents of nine children.  They have 56 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Milestones 
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1986 Cancer program at the University of Utah earns National Cancer Institute designation as a Cancer Center, with an emphasis on genetics research as a way to understand, diagnose, and treat cancer.
1993 Jon M. and Karen Huntsman donate $10 million to the University of Utah to establish a cancer institute.
1994 HCI receives custodianship of the Utah Population Database (UPDB), a resource for biomedical researchers that contains health and vital statistics records from several generations of Utah families.

High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic established to conduct research into genetic causes of breast cancer.

1995 The Huntsman family pledges $100 million to construct a state-of-the-art cancer center.
1996 HCI breaks ground for a new 231,118 square foot research, treatment, and education facility.
1997 HCI joins the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

Familial Colon Cancer Clinic established to conduct research into genetic causes and inheritance patterns of colon cancer.

1999 HCI building is dedicated; Patient Care Center opens.
2000 Jon M. Huntsman pledges $125 million to fund cancer research and construct the Huntsman Cancer Hospital.
2001 Special Populations Outreach to minority communities established.

Construction begins for new hospital.

Familial Melanoma Research Clinic established to conduct research into genetic causes and inheritance patterns of skin cancer.

2002 Sarcoma Array Research Consortium (SARC) established to study molecular genetics of rare soft tissue and bone tumors.

Familial Pancreatic Cancer Registry opens, aiming to discover a genetic cause of pancreatic cancer.

2003 National Cancer Institute awards HCI $12.5 million grant to identify colon cancer genes.
2004 Huntsman Cancer Hospital opens, featuring first full-field digital mammography unit, first PET/CT imaging unit, and first facial prosthetics lab in the Intermountain West.
2005 HCI and Intermountain Healthcare join forces to create the Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Care Program, opening research opportunities to advance cancer care.

Director’s Translational Research Initiative established to promote collaborative scientific interaction within HCI and the University of Utah.

2006 Cancer Clinical Research Database established, providing a computer-based tool that streamlines the process of collecting, maintaining, and accessing cancer information.

HCI conducts $3.9 million Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services project to improve cancer care among minority Medicare beneficiaries.

2007 Cancer Center member Mario Capecchi, PhD, wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for gene targeting research.

Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant and Myeloma Program opens, combining clinical research with patient care to offer a unique and promising approach to the treatment of multiple myeloma.

First HCI-originated clinical trial goes statewide through the Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Care Program.

2008 Major hospital expansion begins.

HCI and Intermountain Healthcare Cancer Services announce major achievement of the three-year-old research alliance: the linkage of records found in the Utah Population Database (UPDB) to medical records from Intermountain. The linkage should yield data that can be used for studies relating to genetics, health services, and public health.

2009 HCI celebrates 10th anniversary.

Center of Investigational Therapeutics established to facilitate the development of Phase I clinical trials.

A donation from Jon M. and Karen Huntsman to the University of Utah establishes five Presidential Professorships in Cancer Research to commemorate HCI’s 10th anniversary.

2010 The National Cancer Institute renews HCI’s designation as a Cancer Center; HCI holds the only such designation in the five-state Intermountain West.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honors Jon M. Huntsman with the 2010 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award. 

HCI is awarded $12.2M to identify and test new ways to prevent, detect, and treat colon cancer.

2011 Pediatric Late Effects Clinic established; the first in the Intermountain West to treat the adult survivors of childhood cancer.

Jon M. and Karen Huntsman donate $41 million to cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Huntsman Cancer Institute 156,000 sq. ft. hospital expansion opens.

Huntsman Cancer Institute Expansion Facts 
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Technological advances help Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) toward its mission of improved patient care through progressive cancer treatment. Here are some examples of cutting-edge technology HCI offers.

 CT

Combined PET/CT Scanner
This technology combines metabolic imaging from positron emission tomography (PET) and anatomic information from computed tomography (CT). The combined PET/CT scanner reduces the number of procedures a patient must undergo. It also allows physicians to view the metabolic activity of a tumor and evaluate its size, shape, and relationship to other critical body structures. PET/CT also reveals the extent that a cancer has spread, so doctors can properly stage and classify it.

 deVinci Surgical Robot prostate Cancer

da Vinci® Surgical System
From a computer console in the operating room, HCI surgeons control small instruments that access a patient's prostate. More than 400 da Vinci procedures for prostate cancer patients have been performed at HCI, more than any other hospital in the Intermountain West. The system's precision and less invasive approach spares nerves and the bladder and aid in more complete removal of the cancer. Patients also benefit from smaller incisions and faster recovery time.

 mammography

Breast Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography
Digital mammography records high-resolution images of the whole breast in a process similar to a digital camera. Breast tomosynthesis scans multiple breast images from different angles and composes them into a three-dimensional view. Breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography help physicians detect breast cancers more precisely, prevent unnecessary biopsies, and reduce call-backs for additional imaging. HCI is among a few in the Intermountain West to have breast tomosynthesis capabilities.

 operating room

Minimally Invasive Surgery Rooms
HCI features two operating rooms equipped to perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS). In MIS procedures, doctors make small incisions through which they pass tubes that hold a telescope and video camera as well as miniature instruments for cutting, removing, and repairing tissues. Less pain, fewer complications, and quicker recovery create better patient outcomes with MIS compared to conventional surgeries.

 Novalis

Novalis® Shaped Beam Surgery™
Brain tumor surgery is technically difficult and poses risks of nerve damage. Radiation therapy provides a non-surgical way to treat brain cancers. The Novalis® is a linear accelerator that delivers precisely targeted doses of radiation powerful enough to destroy a tumor without harming surrounding structures. The technique is helpful for treating recurrent and metastatic brain cancers, as well as for tumors in surgically risky locations.

 imri

Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI)
Currently used in brain tumor surgery, the iMRI is an MRI scanner that makes images in the operating room before surgery ends. If more tissue must be removed, surgeons can go back to work immediately. Previously, MRIs had to be taken after the surgery was complete, and if tumor tissue was still present, the patient would have to undergo another surgery. HCI's IMRI is the only one in the Intermountain West. Worldwide, only 20 are in operation.

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