Aug 11, 2017 9:00 AM


Cá​ndida Montilla de Medina with a group

Mrs. Cá​ndida Montilla de Medina​, First Lady of the Dominican Republic, and her delegation visited Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah yesterday, Thursday, August 10.

During her visit, Mrs. Montilla de Medina toured HCI and met with physicians, researchers, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and members of the Huntsman family, including Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., to learn about HCI’s mission: to research cancer from its beginnings, develop new cancer treatments, and relieve the suffering of cancer patients.  

“It was an honor to host Mrs. Montilla de Medina and share HCI’s long-standing commitment to eradicate cancer,” said Susan Sheehan, president and COO of Huntsman Cancer Foundation. “This visit builds on our efforts to showcase HCI as a world leader in cancer research and patient care, and to advance new opportunities through collaboration.”

The visit centered on discussions around precision prevention, women’s health, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine delivery, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer care initiatives. HCI will continue to share knowledge and promote programs that impact cancer outcomes in medically underserved areas of the world.

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital, and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. HCI is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. HCI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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