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At any given time, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has an average of 200 clinical trials open to cancer patients.

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Research studies look at ways to improve the health and well-being of people affected by cancer, including patients, caregivers, and loved ones. Instead of testing drugs or treatments like in a clinical trial, research studies explore the different factors that affect health and lead to disease.

These factors include individual behavior choices, the environment, genetics, access to care, education, and more. Understanding these factors can help us provide the best information to people about cancer risk and prevention, improve health outcomes, and support a high quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.

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Breast Cancer Family Registry

The Breast Cancer Family Registry (BCFR) is a large study of families who are at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer based on family history or genetic mutations.

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Cancer Genetics Study

A resource for patients, families, health professionals, and researchers, the Cancer Genetics Study helps find and recruit people who may be at higher risk for cancer because of inherited genetic factors.

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ColoCare Study

This is a research study of patients newly diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. A team of researchers, medical doctors, nurses, and patients work together to learn more about improving health after a cancer diagnosis.

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COMPASS Study

Transportation to and from a care facility may pose financial, logistical, and time burdens for patients and their caregivers. The goals of the COMPASS Study are to ease these burdens and support breast and gynecologic cancer patients’ access to care at Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

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Conteos SCALE-UP

El estudio conteos SCALE-UP se enfoca en apoyar a las escuelas en Utah en el manejo de los riesgos contra COVID-19 y en ayudar a los estudiantes, el personal escolar y sus familias a mantenerse sanos.

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FLARE Study

The FLARE Study aims to make it easier for kids and families at higher risk of melanoma to take action and protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure and developing skin cancer.

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LEGACY Girls Study

The purpose of this study is to help us learn how habits and development of young girls relates to breast health for adult women.

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MENU Study

The MENU study aims to better understand the relationship between meal timing and diet quality with metabolic health (e.g., your blood sugars, cholesterol, or blood pressure) in women living with a diagnosis of endometrial (uterus) cancer.

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Ovarian Health and Lifestyle Study

The Ovarian Health and Lifestyle Study looks at health and lifestyle factors of women with ovarian cancer and other gynecologic conditions.

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Precision Exercise Prescription

Precision‐Exercise‐Prescription (PEP) team includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, and patients working together to improve health after a lung cancer diagnosis and surgery.

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Project Genesis

Ewing sarcoma is the second most common bone cancer in children and young adults, but we know very little about why people get it. Project GenESis is one of the first studies to try to find out.

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PROMISE Study

The PROMISE study focuses on the prevention of menopause symptoms and breast cancer invasion.

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SCALE-UP Counts Study

The SCALE-UP Counts study focuses on supporting schools in Utah in managing COVID-19 risks and helping students, school staff and their families stay healthy.

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The Smoking Study

Are you a smoker? Volunteers are needed for a research study at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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Total Cancer Care Study

Health care providers and researchers seek to know how and why cancer develops and find ways to better understand, detect, treat, and prevent it. Together, we want to improve care and quality of life now and in the future.

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Total Cancer Care Support Study

Our goal is to better understand what causes cancer, and to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer, by comparing and contrasting differences in individuals without cancer with those that do have cancer.

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Study Topics

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, our population scientists study a wide range of topics to help us better understand how to support and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer:

  • Genetics and inherited cancers
  • Patterns and causes of cancer in a group of people
  • Quality of life of cancer survivors
  • Experience of caregivers

Some studies are for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Others are open to people who have never had cancer.

Population & Family-Based Research Studies

These research studies look at tissue or blood samples, usually from families or large groups of people, to find genetic changes that are associated with cancer. Researchers also use other tools (like surveys) to gather data from cancer patients, their caregivers, and the general population.

People who participate in these studies may or may not have cancer.

The goal of these studies is to help understand how cancer happens and different steps people can take to lower their cancer risk and symptoms and improve their quality-of-life.

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