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.

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.

Jun 02, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Yield New Insights into the Origins of Synovial Sarcoma

A new study published today in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, reports findings that may change the understanding of how synovial sarcoma develops and spreads. The study was led by Kevin B. Jones, MD and Bradley R. Cairns, PhD from Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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.

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.

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.

Jul 29, 2020

Letter of Hope: Sarcoma Research in the KB Jones Lab

You may not see us during a visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute. But rest assured, we are working hard to learn more about sarcoma in the research building next door. We are committed to learning the most we can in order to do the best we can for every patient. Read this Letter of Hope to sarcoma patients and their loved ones, from the KB Jones Lab.

Jul 17, 2020

Sarcoma Awareness: John Groundland, MD

Sarcomas are cancers of the muscle, bone, and connective tissues such as cartilage, fat, nerves, blood vessels, and tendons. Sarcomas usually happen in arms, legs, or the body wall. They can also happen in other areas of the body.

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 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.

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.

Jan 07, 2019

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Thomas Varghese Jr., MD, MS

HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Thomas Varghese Jr, MD, MS, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award.

Nov 15, 2018

Robotic Thoracic Surgery Reduces Pain, Recovery Time, and Complications

Minimally invasive robotic surgery for lung, esophageal, and mediastinal resections achieves several benefits for patients, such as shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, and a lower chance of complications. Huntsman Cancer Institute is the only hospital in the entire Mountain West region using the robotic Intuitive da Vinci® Surgical System for thoracic surgery.

Sep 11, 2018

Talks with Docs: Thomas Varghese, MD

Tom Varghese, MD, is a thoracic surgeon who treats patients with lung cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute. But did you know he's also an amateur cartoonist who's passionate about gender equity in the medical field?

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.”

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 20, 2017

New Provider Q and A: John Stringham, MD

John Stringham, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in lung transplant surgery and also has a special interest in lung cancer surgery for patients with lung failure. He discusses his interests in minimally invasive surgery and why HCI provides hope for patients with lung cancer.

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.

Jul 03, 2017

Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients

Although sarcomas make up a small percentage of adult cancers and about 15 percent of childhood cancers, they are anything but small to the families they affect. The sarcoma program at Huntsman Cancer Institute is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for these cancers of the body’s connective tissues, bone, and muscles.