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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Ashlee Harrison
Public Relations – Huntsman Cancer Institute

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. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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