Nov 29, 2021

Dealing with Compassion Fatigue One Day at a Time

Shay Wright became full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Taking small steps every day, she improved her physical and mental health.

Nov 24, 2021

Life Is Good, Even When It’s Not

Normal life can sometimes be a struggle. Adding cancer to the equation can make it seem impossible. However, as Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Pam Montgomery points out, it’s the little things in life that can provide positive reinforcement each and every day.

Nov 22, 2021

A Caregiver's Journey to Healing through Art

University of Utah student Griffin Hale created an art installation focused around his mother, who has metastatic breast cancer. “The Caregiver’s Window” remained for just a few days, but the emotional impact may last a lifetime.

Nov 10, 2021

Honoring a Veteran and a Brother

Ben Graham was an Army National Guardsman veteran that succumbed to metastatic melanoma in April 2021. His sister, Becky Davis, recounts what made him so special and the amazing tribute HCI employees gave him after his passing.

Oct 08, 2021

A Cause Worth Supporting: Richard and Moonyeen Anderson Commit to Cancer Research

Richard and Moonyeen Anderson believe in the powers of research. Through their experiences with cancer, the Andersons have seen the positive impact of technology. Now, through their gracious giving, they hope to provide better support at HCI.

Oct 04, 2021

Forging a New Path After Brain Cancer

Trevor Schwehr was a student at the University of Utah when he was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer. "I think God literally smacked me upside my head." Read more about his cousin's impact on him and the engineering work he is doing to improve the lives of cancer doctors and patients.

Sep 22, 2021

Proton Therapy Provides Hope to Local Artist with Brain Tumor

Artist Taylor Lambert was 19 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Listen as she details her journey and how the The Senator Orrin G. Hatch Proton Therapy Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has given patients like her more hope for the future.

Aug 31, 2021

A Daughter’s Need Leads to Homegrown Blood Drive

When their daughter Morgan was diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic, the Marietti’s felt helpless. After her treatment was delayed due to a shortage in blood products, they discovered a way to help by holding a blood drive through ARUP Blood Services.

Aug 30, 2021

Striking Out Cancer: Life after a Leukemia Diagnosis

Adam Whitt shares stories from his journey. Starting on the baseball diamond, receiving a cancer diagnosis, and now finding success on the driving range.

Aug 17, 2021

Living with Lynch Syndrome: A Pageant Queen Raises Awareness

When Stephanie Griffin learned she had Lynch syndrome—an inherited condition that increases the risk for certain cancers—she entered beauty pageants to have a platform where she could raise awareness. Stephanie shares what it’s like living with Lynch syndrome and why she wants to take the taboo out of colonoscopy.

Aug 10, 2021

Speaking Volumes Through the Power of Music Therapy

Huntsman Cancer Institute patients run through a rainbow of emotions - happiness, sadness, frustration, worry, anxiety. Music therapist Heather Fellows helps them express what they're feeling through instruments and song. Where words sometimes fail, it's the music that speaks volumes.

Jul 27, 2021

Inspired By Son’s Strength, Family Uses Fundraisers to Advance Research at HCI

"Everyone gravitated toward Adam. He was an incredible competitor." Despite losing their son to synovial sarcoma, David and Karen Singer have taken up his spirit, Through their fundraising efforts and the work of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute, progress is being made to treat this disease.

Jul 19, 2021

Revolutionary Immunotherapy and Ben & Jerry’s: A Melanoma Patient’s Story

Max Rosett faced melanoma as a young adult and a decade later, he is cancer free. He describes how he felt after being diagnosed, the outstanding treatment he received at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the revolutionary immunotherapy clinical trials that helped save his life.

Jun 01, 2021

Dealing with Desmoid Tumors

As a young mother, Hayli Acosta was diagnosed with desmoid tumors—which are not cancerous, but are often treated similarly. She underwent chemotherapy and cryoablation, a process that uses extreme cold to destroy tissue, at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Hayli's journey with this debilitating condition caused confusion with her insurance company along the way. Now, she is back to living a normal life.

May 25, 2021

How One Couple Made it through a Bladder Cancer Diagnosis during Pregnancy

For two years, Kara and Spencer Byrne tried to get pregnant. When it finally happened, they received another shock—Kara was diagnosed with stage III bladder cancer. They share their story of navigating pregnancy with a cancer diagnosis.

May 03, 2021

Getting through Brain Cancer with the Right People around You

When David Reyes had trouble writing, he chalked it up to a nerve issue. But then came headaches so painful he ended up in the ER. David was eventually diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor. David says though brain cancer has left him unable to do certain things, he’s grateful to be alive—and to have wonderful friends and family who have supported him along the way.

Apr 12, 2021

Holding onto Hope for a Family while Facing Ovarian Cancer

Shelli Armstrong was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 29 before she was able to start the family she always wanted. In this guest post, she talks about her initial diagnosis and recent recurrence. Shelli explains her anxieties and struggles as she underwent chemotherapy and surgeries that affected her life and potential for her future family.

Apr 08, 2021

Seeing the Positive During Brain Cancer

For Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, Krista Park Law shares her journey. After being diagnosed with grade III astrocytoma, brain cancer, at the age of 30, she remained positive and brave in the face of a difficult prognosis.

Apr 01, 2021

A Patient’s Perspective on Breast Cancer, Fertility, and Race

Tiana Rogers, PhD, was trying for a baby and working on her research career when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she describes her cancer treatment and fertility planning care as “textbook,” she knows Black women like her face worse outcomes than other racial groups when it comes to cancer, pregnancy, and various medical issues. Now she’s using her experience to help other women of color achieve health equity.

Apr 01, 2021

Finding a Way to Celebrate during a Time with No Visitors

Until the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to establish a zero-visitor policy, George Morales accompanied his wife, Rikki, to all her cancer treatments. Though he couldn’t come with her anymore, George was determined to be there when Rikki finished her last chemo treatment. With help from the HCI infusion team, he found a safe way to attend and celebrate with her.

Mar 26, 2021

This Lung Cancer Survivor Fundraises to Give Others Hope

“I can’t tell you how intimidating it is to walk into the doctor’s office and they say those three words—‘You have cancer,’” says Pat Wasilewski. Pat found a path forward through stage IV lung cancer with the many treatment options available to him. Now he raises funds for cancer research through events like Pink Park City to give others the same hope.

Mar 24, 2021

Sticking with the Positive through Multiple Myeloma

When Doug Stewart received an MRI after hurting his neck in a biking accident, the images revealed tumors wrapped around his spine. Doug was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. While recovering from his neck injury, he began cancer treatment. Throughout it all, Doug found a way to stay positive and hopeful. Now he has a full life, doing the things he loves and helping others.

Mar 19, 2021

Living with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome: Patients Share Their Experiences

Jenny Gray was expecting a baby boy when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Her leg was amputated and her son was induced at 35 weeks so she could begin chemotherapy. Jenny learned she and her son have Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), which significantly raises the risk of cancer. Jenny and two other women talk about living with LFS and HCI experts discuss what to do if you have it.

Mar 08, 2021

18 Terrible, Wonderful Years: A Multiple Myeloma Patient Shares His Thoughts

“No one is guaranteed tomorrow. But here I am still,” says Dan Bammes, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003. Dan says though the cancer-fighting drugs he took had severe side effects, they turned the immediate crisis of his diagnosis into a chronic health issue. He shares his thoughts on living with cancer for the past 18 years and what he has learned about life, death, and appreciating the present.

Feb 18, 2021

Healing through Music and Teaching after Breast Cancer

Country singer and music teacher Kaci Whitby was blindsided by a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. Genetic testing revealed she had the BRCA mutation, which increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. After going through chemo and surgery, Kaci is now in follow-up care. She talks about the moments she is grateful for—spending time with family and sharing her love of music with her students.

Jan 04, 2021

Doctors Urge Utah women Not to Delay Mammograms Because of the Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a major impact on health care delivery this year. In spring 2020, as part of the extraordinary precautions designed to keep people safe, certain medical appointments were postponed. These included cancer screenings such as mammograms. Phoebe Freer, MD, a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute, is leading efforts to help women get access to lifesaving mammography screenings. Her team has worked to implement a variety of safety protocols to help keep patients safe

Dec 15, 2020

Finding Grief Support after Losing His Wife to Leukemia

Kenneth Slack knows the pain of losing a spouse to cancer. He and his wife, Debby, were expecting to spend 60 or 70 years together, but they only got 32. Debby was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away just six months later. Kenneth shares his experience of grieving the loss of his wife and how he found help and guidance in a grief support group.

Dec 09, 2020

Think of the Whole Picture When Choosing Breast Cancer Treatment

Connie Collier didn’t waste any time getting back to life after breast cancer surgery. The 70-year-old retired VA medical support specialist and Air Force veteran doesn’t like to sit around. She’d rather spend time camping, canoeing, fishing, or—better yet—riding her motorcycle. So when Connie needed to choose a treatment for breast cancer, she asked herself which option would let her resume her active lifestyle as soon as possible.

Nov 18, 2020

A Clinical Trial Helped This Lung Cancer Patient Breathe Easy

When Scott Vance went in for a COVID-19 test, he never expected it would lead to a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. Scott’s doctors learned a specific mutation was causing the cancer, and he began a new mutation-targeting drug approved by the FDA just two years earlier. Scott says his remarkable response to the drug has him feeling grateful clinical trials can bring these cutting-edge treatments to people like him.

Nov 11, 2020

The Honor Salute: Active Duty Military Honor Retired Veterans Battling Cancer

Military service means everything to Manuel Pino Jr. He served in the US Army for decades before retiring to Utah. Now, nearing the end of his life, he recently received special honors for his military service. On September 11, 2020—a national day of service and remembrance—Manuel’s family, friends, and neighbors gathered in his backyard to witness both active duty and retired members of the military honoring Manuel’s service and impact through an honor salute.

Oct 30, 2020

Conquering Cranky – Optimism amid a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Candis Shupe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in January of 2019. Candis’s enthusiasm, optimism, and desire to help others has led to her family motto: "Conquer Cranky." She has taught her children about cancer in a nonthreatening way, participated in various clinical trials, and raised more than $11,500 for research at HCI with help from her favorite modern aerobics fitness class, High Fitness."

Oct 12, 2020

Miss Resilient: Living through Three Unrelated Breast Cancers

After three unrelated breast cancer diagnoses here I am now, at 77, in good shape, active, and enjoying my life. I hardly notice my mastectomy. My friends have nicknamed me “Miss Resilient.” I’m sharing my story with the hope that a newly diagnosed woman will know she can rise above this disease. Involve your family and friends, accept help, stay positive, and be active. Always remember YOU are the author of your own life!

Sep 30, 2020

My Mammogram Saved My Life

Jessica Rivera doesn't have any family history or risk factors for breast cancer. But when she turned 40 she scheduled her first screening mammogram, never expecting the results to come back positive. Jessica hopes to help other women by sharing her story and urging them to get their mammograms. “Cancer is still happening. It doesn’t care that we have a pandemic. I wish it did because we all feel like we have a full plate right now. But I believe with all my heart that my mammogram saved my life. Get your mammograms. Regardless.”

Sep 25, 2020

This Childhood Cancer Patient Is One Tough Princess

Holly was six years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. Her treatment involved 39 radiation treatments at Huntsman Cancer Institute and 14 rounds of chemotherapy at Primary Children’s Hospital. All the while, Holly found ways to feel strong. She became an expert hand washer in order to help her immune system. She learned to take care of her own port. She weighed in on decisions about her treatment options.

Sep 24, 2020

A Leukemia Survivor Returns the Care He Received

Back when he was 19, Trey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that affects the immune system. Trey's experience with his nurses while he was in treatment inspired him to go to nursing school. Now he works in the blood and marrow transplant unit at HCI.

Sep 14, 2020

Small-Town Pride: A Grandma’s Lasting Legacy

I was 16 when I first heard the term downwinder. I didn’t know what it meant, just that my beloved grandma was one. As an adult, I learned it referred to the people who lived down wind of the nuclear testing in Nevada. They had been exposed to high levels of radiation and many were diagnosed with cancer because of it. It meant the small town my grandmother adored and raised her children in was to blame for her cancer diagnosis.

Sep 10, 2020

No Easy Path on Her Ovarian Cancer Journey

Two years before her cancer diagnosis, Laura began experiencing chronic digestive problems and abdominal pain. These symptoms can indicate many different diseases, and given that she was in her 30s, cancer seemed unlikely. It took four misdiagnoses, one removed gall bladder, and the continued vigilance of both Laura and her husband, Bryce to learn that Laura’s ongoing pain and discomfort was actually ovarian cancer.

Sep 03, 2020

All Americans Are Downwinders – A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

I am a downwinder. Like many Americans, I grew up under the clouds of fallout from nuclear testing. My hope is those of us who understand the tragedy of nuclear weapons demand that the mistakes of the past never be repeated. If we learned anything from being the involuntary subjects of atomic testing, it is that we all live downwind.

Aug 28, 2020

One Family's Investment in HCI's Mission

In 2015, Rich and Vicki Linton lost their beloved daughter-in-law, Alisa, after a prolonged battle with an aggressive form of melanoma. The entire Linton family is committed to help HCI eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. They are passionate about funding research so that one day, no one else will be lost to this horrible disease.

Aug 24, 2020

Going the Distance in a Race with Prostate Cancer

On and off-road motorcycles, fuel dragsters, hydroplane boats, sail boats, power boats, bicycles, and now cars: J.R. Smith has raced all of these. After a cancer diagnosis in 2019, he decided to use that racing experience for a cause. He formed Team Fight Cancer with several other cancer patients. Their mission? To inspire others and demonstrate how teamwork and support help cancer survivors make the most of their lives.

Aug 13, 2020

An Extra Layer of Support

“I have so much to take care of,” says Judy Fuwell when she reflects on life after her cancer diagnosis. Judy, a devoted mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with cancer in her appendix in 2012. Her appendix was removed, but the cancer spread. Five years after her first surgery, she had mucinous adenocarcinoma—cancerous tumors lining her gastrointestinal tract.

Aug 11, 2020

Call Her Quiet Thunder: Breast Cancer Didn't Slow Down this Cyclist

“I ended up saying yes to a whole lot more and doing lots of different things," says Jen Diederich, breast cancer survivor and cyclist. For Jen, her bicycle races have lead to much more than ribbons.

Aug 03, 2020

Kicking Cancer in His Cowboy Boots

Monte Bona was “raised to be a cowboy.” Born in Payson, Utah, he grew up in a small farming community with his parents and five siblings. In 2009 at the age of 71, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. The year 2020 marks more than 11 years since Monte’s diagnosis and treatment. Now in his 80s and after more than a decade of follow-ups, he’s still in the clear.

Jul 15, 2020

Working with a Purpose: Staff Member and Cancer Patient

Debby Rogers was a dynamic member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Communications and Public Affairs Office. She was on staff for just two years before she passed away due to complications from cancer, but in that time she cultivated many friendships, built trust, and found inspiring stories about patients and the people at HCI working to eradicate cancer.

Jun 29, 2020

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, with Metastatic Breast Cancer

“When you get diagnosed with a terminal cancer, you have to decide how you’re going to live with a disease. It doesn’t have to stop you from doing things, but you do have to choose how to live.”

Jun 25, 2020

A Kidney Cancer Survivor and His Dog Give Back

As Jim Pehkonen walks through the corridors of Huntsman Cancer Institute, tapping feet and claws sound down the hallway. With his small brown dog, Luna, he is instantly recognized. They are a famous duo who come to comfort patients and staff. Though most don’t recognize Jim without Luna, he once frequented the same hallways as a cancer patient.

Jun 19, 2020

Hope for the Future a Decade after Melanoma

If you’d asked him more than a decade ago, Doug never would have guessed he’d make it into his fifties, preparing to welcome his seventh grandchild into the world. In 2006, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare, extremely deadly type of cancer: desmoplastic melanoma, a skin cancer that “doesn’t play fair” because it lacks pigment and is difficult to diagnose.

Jun 09, 2020

Huntsman SportsFest: More Than Just a Virtual Event

With each pedal stroke, step forward, and dollar raised, individuals and teams are helping us support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Huntsman SportsFest is more than an endurance event bringing runners, walkers, and cyclists together for an athletic challenge. It is a day dedicated to seeing a cancer-free world.

Jun 08, 2020

No One Fights Cancer Alone

When Erin was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma her hometown of Cleveland, Utah and her cross-country teammates at Dixie State University showed her that no one fights alone.

Jun 02, 2020

She’s Got Sunshine: Finding the Bright Side with Breast Cancer

After being diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her fortieth birthday, Renee felt overwhelmed and out of control. After meeting with her breast cancer surgeon and making a plan, she decided to celebrate the things she can control.

May 19, 2020

Eating Well during Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

HCI patients Don Burbank and Carolyn Larrivee say it was hard to eat during tongue cancer and throat cancer. They share tips about what to eat, what to avoid, and other helpful tips to keep your nutrition levels high.

Apr 27, 2020

How a 25-Year-Old Utah Man Found Out He Had Colon Cancer

Jeff Winegar, a patient at HCI, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 25 after noticing he was using the bathroom more than his pregnant wife. Winegar delayed a doctor’s visit until their baby was born; it was his wife who finally convinced him to go. When he did, his doctors recommended a colonoscopy. "Getting a colonoscopy turned out to be a huge blessing for me because that’s when they caught the tumor."

Apr 20, 2020

Beating the Odds of Pancreas Cancer

When Robert Gamble, 73, reflects on his life, he says he is grateful. At age 73, he lives just outside Idaho Falls, Idaho and speaks lovingly of his wife and family. Then he shares something remarkable. He was diagnosed with one of the deadliest cancers—pancreatic—in 2016. And he is still here to tell the tale.

Apr 16, 2020

A Series of Fortunate Events Lead to Early Cancer Diagnosis

Most nurses don’t do much sitting while they’re on the job. That’s partly why Amy Fenton, internal medicine nurse at University of Utah Hospital, was so excited to sit down one day in mid-April of 2019—for a chair massage, no less. She had no idea that chair massage would lead to an early-stage diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, a time when cancer treatment is typically more effective.

Apr 15, 2020

The New Normal for Now: What Living with Cancer Can Teach Us about Living through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently I caught the tail end of a radio interview with a psychologist discussing the effects of the “new normal” that has been thrust on all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve struggled with the term new normal when it is used with cancer patients and survivors. I rebelled against the new normal, because I want my old normal back. I did not hear much of the interview, but it got me to thinking. There are many parallels between dealing with cancer and living through a pandemic.

Apr 08, 2020

Building the Life He Wants

Rene Vazquez knew he wanted to have kids someday, but at the age of 26, he wasn’t there yet. He was focused on his job and his hobbies as a filmmaker and DJ. But when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Rene faced the possibility of losing the chance to one day have biological kids.

Mar 25, 2020

The Other Side of the Curtain

Ruth Centurier-Harris and her family came to Salt Lake City from South Africa in 2015, expecting to be here for a short time. Two years later, Ruth received a devastating cancer diagnosis - multiple myeloma. With her husband and three daughters, Ruth embraces the joy of today and making each day special.

Mar 24, 2020

Helping People Is What Brings this Multiple Myeloma Patient Joy

There are many challenges having a blood cancer with no cure. But we just try to enjoy the time we have. After his multiple myeloma diagnosis in 2015, Kenneth Henderson has approached cancer the way he has approached his life–with his whole heart and soul. In 2018, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with seven others to raise awareness for blood cancers. The Huntsman Cancer Institute difference, he says, is in the way he was treated: always with kindness and a smile.

Mar 02, 2020

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Taryn Palmer lost her father to stage IV colorectal cancer. As she and her family tried to find some way to reconcile their grief with celebrating his life, Taryn discovered Dress in Blue Day, a way to increase awareness about colon cancer risk and encourage early screening. Dress in Blue Day has meant so much to her and her family as they honor their father and fight back against this devastating disease.

Mar 01, 2020

Navigating Inherited Cancer Risk

After their sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, Juana Cobián and her brother decided to get genetic testing. Genetic testing provides a way for many to understand their risk for developing cancer.

Mar 01, 2020

Despite all the Struggles: Finding Hope through Art

When developing plans for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Jon and Karen Huntsman saw art as an important part of their vision—“to make sure the environment would be as healing as the medicine.” HCI is home to a museum-quality collection of original paintings, sculpture, and pottery—a total of approximately 2,500 pieces. The significance of this is most appreciated knowing that the entire collection comes solely from donation.

Mar 01, 2020

Ahorrando mucho más que el tiempo: la radioterapia acortada

Traditionally, breast cancer patients who receive radiation get small doses almost daily over a six- to seven-week period. Radiation oncologists are now seeking to shorten that time through clinical trials.

Mar 01, 2020

Saving More Than Time: Shortened Radiation Therapy

Traditionally, breast cancer patients who receive radiation get small doses almost daily over a six- to seven-week period. Radiation oncologists are now seeking to shorten that time through clinical trials.

Mar 01, 2020

Navegando los riesgos del cáncer heredado

Luego de que a su hermana se le diagnosticara cáncer de mama, Juana Cobián y su hermano decidieron hacerse pruebas genéticas. Las pruebas genéticas ofrecen una forma de que muchas personas puedan entender su riesgo de desarrollar cáncer.

Mar 01, 2020

A pesar de todas las luchas: encontrando esperanza a través del arte

Al desarrollar planes para Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés), Jon y Karen Huntsman vieron el arte como pare importante de su visión—“asegurarse de que el ambiente ayudara a sanar tanto como la medicina” HCI es el hogar de una colección con calidad de museo de elementos de alfarería, esculturas y pinturas originales—un total de aproximadamente 2,500 piezas. La importancia de esto se aprecia más sabiendo que la colección completa proviene únicamente de donaciones.

Jan 30, 2020

Immunotherapy Leads the Way for Melanoma Treatment

Only a few months after she retired in October 2018, Lynn Walker knew something was wrong with her health. Without any prior history of skin cancers, she learned that she had an advanced form of melanoma that has spread all over her body. Walker worried about the possibility of going through chemotherapy and not surviving the effects of cancer treatment, let alone melanoma. But she soon learned of another approach that held promise for her type of cancer: immunotherapy.

Jan 28, 2020

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Many Women Consider Breast Reconstruction

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Terri Jones had a plan. “When it got to the idea of reconstructive surgery, all I knew is that I didn’t want anything foreign in my body,” Jones said. “I didn’t want implants and I thought that meant I wouldn’t have reconstruction at all.” After speaking to a friend who had breast cancer, Jones learned there are many more options when it comes to breast reconstruction than she realized.

Jan 23, 2020

Dear Blood Donor: A Mother's Letter

When her daughter Ashley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, Kelli learned just how important blood donors are. In a heartfelt letter she expresses her thanks to the donors who have saved her daughter's life.

Jan 06, 2020

Let’s Raise Awareness of Cervical Cancer

This January, for cervical cancer awareness, let’s take a moment to think about those who faced this disease in the past, those who are currently suffering from it, and those who will face it in the future. I want to tell you, woman to woman, that you are enough. And while you may feel alone and different, there are many of us out here who can relate.

Nov 19, 2019

Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes

Dusty never thought taking his wife, Amber, to urgent care would lead to a cancer diagnosis—an experience that changed his role and their lives.

Nov 11, 2019

Partnering with the VA to Care for Veterans with Cancer

As a veteran, Frank Luthi was familiar with the Department of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System. The VA offers medical care to enrolled veterans at VA clinics and hospitals. This includes primary care visits and other health services. When Frank was diagnosed with cancer, he didn’t realize he could also get treated by Huntsman Cancer Institute physicians at the VA.

Oct 31, 2019

Breast Cancer: Not Just a Women’s Disease

Michael Sheffield was a healthy 45-year old in 2010 when he noticed some pain in his nipple. Not thinking much of it, he waited a few weeks until a routine skin check with his dermatologist. During the appointment, Mike’s dermatologist found a cyst and did a biopsy. A week later when results of the biopsy were back, Mike received unexpected news. He had breast cancer.

Oct 15, 2019

Expecting a Baby, not a Cancer Diagnosis

Sarah was 32 years old and 14 weeks along in her third pregnancy—this time a baby boy. Everything was normal until one day she found a lump in her breast. Sarah had a mammogram and ultrasound-guided biopsy. The tests confirmed the lump was breast cancer. Referred to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Sarah traveled from her home in Nevada, leaving her one- and three-year-old behind. Her medical family at HCI included an obstetrician from the University of Utah who specializes in high-risk pregnancy. Limited to certain treatments in order to keep the baby safe, the team decided to shrink the tumor with chemotherapy.

Oct 01, 2019

Solving a Family Cancer Mystery: Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

When Kiera Jorgensen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, she fought not only sarcoma, but also a mystery that had loomed over her family for generations. Now years out of treatment, Kiera has answers and is conducting research to help families like hers better understand a rare genetic mutation.

Sep 23, 2019

A Life Changing Cheek Swab

In college Alison Argyle registered for Be The Match, the international bone marrow registry. She forgot about it until one day five years later when she got a call saying she was a match for a woman with acute myelogenous leukemia.

Sep 03, 2019

A Teddy Bear on a Mission of Love

Suzanne Crowther's great-grandchildren wanted to show her their support as she goes through treatment for uterine cancer, so they sent her a special friend to keep her company.

Jul 11, 2019

Finding Comfort through Giving

Audrey Matthews has a unique way of honoring the memory of her daughter Natalie, who died in a car accident at the age of 19. Twice a year, on Natalie’s birthday and the anniversary of her death, Audrey and her family donate quilts through their nonprofit, 19 Quilts for Natalie.

Jul 09, 2019

A Place of Beauty

HCI does not look or feel like a traditional medical facility. It is a warm and inviting space where employees and volunteers bring comfort to every person who walks through the front door. From the building itself to everyone inside, this is a place of beauty, love, and hope.

Jun 14, 2019

Father’s Day and Our Fight Against Cancer

When Ryan Smith's father was diagnosed with cancer, the two of them decided to dedicate themselves to cancer. They committed that if they ever made any more money or had any influence, they would use the platform and money to fight cancer. And they have and will continue to do so with 5 For The Fight, which invites everybody to give $5 for the fight against cancer.

Jun 13, 2019

Grateful to Be a Dad: Celebrating the Opportunity to Have Children after Cancer Treatment

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 26 it was by far the scariest thing I had ever faced. I had been married for about a year at the time I was diagnosed. At the time I was focused on staying alive, but the incredible team at HCI knew that if being a father was even remotely in the cards (which it was), we needed to take measures to ensure a future family was a possibility.

May 24, 2019

Holding on to Hope

When Davis Moore found out he had metastatic melanoma, he says the fear he felt was debilitating. “I would wake up every morning and remember I had cancer. It felt like a physical punch in my stomach.” He eventually found a way to help him get past the fear: hope.

May 14, 2019

Pushing Up A Hill

Patient and Huntsman Hero Dan Nelson set out to ride the 30-mile segment of the Huntsman 140 in spite of a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. When Dan wasn't sure he could make it up the last hill, his #DanStrong team of family and friends was there to push him to the top. In the hardest of times, Dan and his wife Dianne have never been alone.

May 08, 2019

What's In A Name?

After her mother passed away, Bailey found a unique way to honor a nurse that held a special place in her family's heart.

Apr 18, 2019

The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life

Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis: oral cancer. After that initial shock, Rebecca went through cancer treatment and became an advocate for oral cancer awareness.

Apr 02, 2019

New Bladder Gives Tom Ramsey a Chance at a Normal Life

With the help of surgeon Christopher Dechet, MD, Tom Ramsey was able to get back to normal life after bladder cancer. Dr. Dechet removed Tom's cancer-filled bladder and created a new one from his small intestine. Now Tom is back to doing all the outdoor activities he loves.

Mar 22, 2019

“What Can I Do With My New Normal?” Positivity and Gratitude Guide Matt Pond’s Life after Cancer

Matt Pond was diagnosed at 35 with a brain tumor that had a 1% survival rate. After life-saving surgery at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Matt relearned how to walk and speak. He learned to read and write again—this time with his left hand instead of his dominant right. Now Matt shares his story of resilience with hopes of inspiring others to remain strong through their life's challenges.

Mar 01, 2019

Advancing Hematologic Cancer Research and Care

The Center of Excellence in Hematologic Malignancies and Hematology at Huntsman Cancer Institute is a group of more than three dozen doctors and scientists dedicated to hematologic cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Integration and collaboration across disciplines will improve clinical care and advance research in these complicated diseases.

Mar 01, 2019

A Passion for Advancing Research and Improving Patient Care

HCI patient Clark Stringham felt like he was running out of time with his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. He credits a clinical trial and his oncologist, Neeraj Agarwal, MD, with saving his life.

Mar 01, 2019

Space for Emotional Healing: Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Support Group

Connecting with other cancer patients in a support group can decrease isolation, provide additional support, and help reduce stress, according to Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Lisa runs a support group for patients with metastatic breast cancer. The group meets once a month, discussing different topics that include how to cope with grief, bucket list ideas, and the process of dying. Patients who participate in the support group often create lasting friendships by connecting with others who are going through similar experiences.

Mar 01, 2019

Team Jarem: Honoring a Friend, Making History

When family and friends wanted to show support for tongue cancer patient Jarem Hallows, they discovered the Huntsman Sports Festival, which includes the Huntsman 5K running and Huntsman 140 cycling events, and created a fundraising team in 2017. #TeamJarem raised more than $26,000, the largest gift of support ever received for the Head and Neck Cancers Disease Center.

Feb 11, 2019

Invest in Joy

Holly Hagerman, cancer survivor and co-chair of Pink Park City, has always found joy in being active in the mountains. When she stumbled into Pink Vail during a trip to celebrate healing from surgery, she knew she had to bring that joy back to Utah.

Jan 10, 2019

Neal Blair Is Pursuing his Passions after Pancreas Cancer

Neal Blair will be 80 in a few weeks. He recently retired from his work as a political consultant. Perhaps that doesn’t seem so remarkable. But in May 2016, Neal was diagnosed with pancreas cancer. Two and a half years later, he is NED—his follow-up tests show no evidence of disease. And that is remarkable.

Nov 08, 2018

"Our Hope Is Tested, but It Holds On"

Dan Nelson was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer in 2016. As his caregiver, Dan's wife, Dianne, has been at his side throughout. She shares her perspective, which reveals the power of what it means to be a cancer caregiver and the hope that this role can bring to a loved one who receives a life-changing cancer diagnosis.

Jun 05, 2018

Back on the Slopes after Brain Cancer

John Karg was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, early in 2016. His cancer care team at Huntsman Cancer Institute treated the cancer with surgery, radiation, oral chemotherapy, and participation in clinical trials. He’s doing very well with the treatment—his interview for this article happened while he was waiting for the lift lines at Alta ski resort.

Apr 06, 2018

Taking Back Control by Preserving My Fertility

Laura Boren was struggling with her uterine sarcoma diagnosis and felt she was being “robbed of something fundamental” to her identity. The Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine came up with an in vitro fertilization plan and three years later, Boren looks back on her decision to freeze her eggs.

Mar 29, 2018

Finding Joy throughout Two Cancer Journeys

“Our perspective was to enjoy life no matter the circumstances. You find joy. Sometimes you have to search under the rug and in the closet, but there’s something to be happy about every day.”

Mar 20, 2018

Physical Fitness for People with Cancer

The POWER Program (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) gives a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. For Farley Eskelson, it also gave him the chance to get back to the activities he loves.

Feb 15, 2018

Navigating Cancer at a Young Age

For many of young people, a cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. This was the case for Marina Pimentel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, at age 26. Marina worked with an AYA patient navigator to help her manage the complexities of cancer treatment and care.

Feb 15, 2018

Total Cancer Care: Coming Together to Find Cures

Christina Ratcliff enrolled in HCI's Total Cancer Care study, a partnership among patients, health care providers, and researchers to help accelerate cancer research and improve patient care.

Feb 15, 2018

High-Tech Equipment and Innovative Therapies

Tommy Tanzer, a resident of Park City, Utah, received three negative prostate biopsies over the course of three years, but he and his doctors still suspected he may have cancer. Tommy then had an MRI-guided biopsy at Huntsman Cancer Institute, hoping there would be a more accurate result. Unfortunately, this biopsy did detect cancer. Fortunately, it was found early enough to treat.

Jan 24, 2018

Kirk Bengtzen's Reason to Give

"One thing is for sure: cancer will affect your life... and the only way we're going to find a cure is by supporting research."

Jan 22, 2018

Partners All the Way

In memoriam. Tom Kursar and his wife, Lissy Coley, are used to working with each other as co-leaders of a research group in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. So when Tom was diagnosed with pancreas cancer, the couple faced the disease together.

Dec 21, 2017

Dan Hedlund Works to "Get Busy Living" After Cancer

Just three weeks after their wedding in 2007, newlyweds Dan and Melanie Hedlund were in for some startling news—Dan had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Dec 01, 2017

Facing Cancer with Hope and High Heels

After Emma Houston learned she had breast cancer, the first thing she did was go shopping to buy red three-inch high heels. The shoes became as much a hallmark of her cancer journey as her humor and positive outlook. 

Nov 29, 2017

Losing My Mom and Finding Hope through Stomach Cancer Awareness

This winter, two years will have gone by since my mom passed away from stomach cancer. Through the experience of losing her, I've learned that cancer can be a catalyst for activism. With the help of the entire community, we can raise awareness and fight alongside those suffering from this disease.

Oct 18, 2017

Retreats and Support Groups Offer Space for Emotional Healing

Support groups and special retreats are helpful for many people with cancer. Merica Hale found a healing place to relax and meet women diagnosed with breast cancer who could offer each other support.

Sep 27, 2017

Speaking Out for Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

After being diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer, obstetrician Janice Byrne was determined to make a difference for others facing the same disease. Now, she advocates to increase education and awareness about ovarian cancer and provide support to newly diagnosed patients.

Aug 18, 2017

You Can’t Rain on My Parade, HPV

When I was a teenager, the HPV vaccine did not exist. I wish it had; I would have been grateful for its protection. And I have news for you, HPV. You messed with the wrong woman.

Jul 21, 2017

Living a More Purposeful Life

After what Ken and Julieann Selden call the worst trial they’ve ever faced, the young couple now live a more purposeful life. Ken's diagnosis with mesenchymal chondrosarcoma brought a lifetime’s worth of grief, fear, pain, hope, and joy.

May 24, 2017

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

Growing up, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders spent every waking hour playing and training outside in the water—usually without sunscreen. Then, in 2014, she was diagnosed with melanoma. No one can say for sure what caused Sanders’ melanoma, but she thinks her frequent exposure to the sun was a contributing factor.

Apr 16, 2017

Advance Care Planning Is a Gift

When Lisa Lindblad’s brain cancer placed her on life support and unable to speak for herself, her family turned to an advance directive Lisa had prepared for that very reason.

Apr 28, 2016

A Different Kind of Challenge

If you watch the CBS TV show The Amazing Race, you may recognize me, Connor O'Leary, as the winner of Season 24. But before I even began that incredible challenge, I had already endured another challenge—testicular cancer.

Nov 22, 2015

Turning Gratitude into Advocacy

Chad Wright knows he is fortunate when it comes to his experience with pancreas cancer. Most pancreas cancer is diagnosed at a much less treatable, much less curable stage. And that is exactly why he wants to share his story.

Oct 30, 2015

Twice a Survivor

Mary Chamberlain had completed treatment for one type of cancer, melanoma, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks about her journey with both cancers, including how she got through chemotherapy when she thought her body couldn’t take it anymore.

Jun 26, 2015

The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination

Walking into clinic, I found the patient and his wife looking tired and apprehensive. From what I knew of his medical history, his cancer had not responded to any standard treatments, each drug failing to restrain the tumor’s advance for more than a few months. The patient and his wife had talked to their local cancer doctor about clinical trials, had traveled hundreds of miles to Huntsman Cancer Institute, and were clearly anxious to begin the discussion.