Aug 08, 2022

One Family's Loss Creates Hope for Children's Cancer Research

After their son Ty passed away from a malignant rhabdoid tumor, Cindy and Lou Campbell started The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation in his honor. Their focus is funding childhood cancer research that could lead to improved prognoses for kids like Ty. Their work led them to collaborating with Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD, a pediatric neurosurgeon and cancer researcher, at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Aug 03, 2022

Letter of Hope from Randy Jensen, Neurosurgeon

“Our team will be with you and your family,” says Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist and neurosurgical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with benign and malignant brain tumors. In this letter of hope, he empathizes with patients and their families and sheds light on the many people working to make Huntsman Cancer Institute a special place.

Mar 01, 2022

Strong Arms Around You Always: Sigma Chi

When University of Utah student Josh Dunn was diagnosed with brain cancer, he remembered something his Sigma Chi brothers always said: “There are strong arms around you always, no matter where you are.” Josh’s story, and this quote, spurred his fellow members of the Beta Epsilon chapter to raise over $120,000 for cancer research.

Feb 03, 2022

Clinical Trial Hopes to Shed New Light on Glioblastoma

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is one of the select sites in the United States to offer a new clinical trial for glioblastoma patients, called GBM AGILE. The clinical trial is using an approach that offers study participants multiple new glioblastoma drugs from different pharmaceutical companies.

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.

Jun 23, 2021

Proton Therapy Opens in Utah

Patients, doctors, scientists, donors, and community members gathered on June 23, 2021 to mark the opening of a major new resource for cancer care in Utah. The Senator Orrin G. Hatch Proton Therapy Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is the first of its kind in the Mountain West and one of only 37 such centers nationwide.

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 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.

Dec 30, 2020

Letter of Hope - Sean Strope, MPAS, PA-C

Many of us were taught that no matter how bad it gets, it’s always worse for someone else. However true that may be, it doesn’t change the fact that what you’re facing is extremely difficult. It’s OK to struggle. To anyone feeling overwhelmed or lost, please know you are not alone. You are loved. There are others you love, and your love is extremely important to them.

Oct 20, 2020

Talks with Docs: Samuel Cheshier, Pediatric Neurosurgeon

“I just love taking care of them, helping make them better,” says pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Cheshier about the children he treats at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital. He talks about what he has learned from these kids and their parents, what patients should know about Huntsman Cancer Institute, and what he reads about in his spare time.

Oct 16, 2020

Fighting Brain Tumors in Kids

When Samuel Cheshier was 13 years old, his favorite cousin died of colon cancer. “I always think of him when I do cancer research,” Cheshier says. As a pediatric neurosurgeon, he witnesses firsthand the devastation that malignant brain tumors cause patients and their families. The desire to help them motivates his basic science research, with the goal of translating experiments into therapies. The 5 for the Fight Fellowship will help speed up the pace of his research, allowing him to start a new project.

Sep 29, 2020

5 For The Fight Announces Inaugural Class of Cancer Research Fellows

5 For The Fight, a global movement inviting everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer, today announced the inaugural recipients of the 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellowship in partnership with Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Sep 18, 2020

Committed to a Positive and Lasting Impact: The Engelstad Foundation

Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD, and the Neurologic Cancers Center team at Huntsman Cancer Institute are working to find better treatments for brain cancer, particularly pediatric brain cancer. Many primary brain tumors are incurable from the start, and currently, none are curable once they recur. The need for novel, effective therapies is critical. In 2020, the Engelstad Foundation funded a $100,000 grant at HCI to study a potential immunotherapy treatment for pediatric brain tumors.

May 27, 2020

Utah Researcher Awarded Prestigious Grant to Study New Ways to Detect Brain Tumors

Hunter Underhill, MD, PhD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute brain cancer researcher and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah, was awarded a special National Cancer Institute grant to advance his research in brain tumor detection. Underhill will pursue new ways to detect glioblastoma, a type of aggressive and deadly brain tumor.

May 07, 2020

Proton Accelerator Arrives at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Construction at the Senator Orrin G. Hatch Proton Therapy Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute is well underway. On March 28, a 15-ton proton accelerator arrived and was installed at the future center. This marks a major milestone for the project slated for a December 2020 debut.

Jan 16, 2020

Talks with Docs: Sheri Holmen, Cancer Researcher

Sheri Holmen, PhD, wished to make an impact on the lives of people experiencing cancer and found that becoming a researcher would allow her that and more. When she's not in her lab, Dr. Holmen will often spend time with her children in their many athletic activities, which led her to become nationally certified to officiate swim competitions. Learn this and more in this edition of Talks with Docs.

Jan 13, 2020

Translational Scholar: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

Huntsman Cancer Institute has established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars, an initiative that recognizes excellence in the discipline of translational science. Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award.

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.

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

Breaking Ground for Proton Therapy

When construction is complete in 2021, Huntsman Cancer Institute will implement the latest advance in proton therapy, called intensity-modulated proton therapy. Proton therapy is the favored approach for many tumors in and around vital structures such as the spinal cord and brain stem. It is also the preferred treatment for certain childhood cancers. We are committed to bringing cutting-edge care to our patients, and proton therapy will be the next step in that promise.

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.

Jul 31, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Howard Colman, MD, PhD

Huntsman Cancer Institute established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Howard Colman, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist specializing in the treatment of brain tumors and the diagnosis and management of neurologic complications of cancer.

Jul 09, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Adam Cohen, MD, MS

Huntsman Cancer Institute established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Adam Cohen, MD, MS, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award. He is a researcher and physician, specializing in neuro-oncology and breast oncology.

Jul 05, 2018

What Is Glioblastoma? HCI Brain Tumor Experts Explain

We asked the experts at Huntsman Cancer Institute about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of glioblastoma.

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.

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.

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."

Nov 27, 2017

Talks with Docs: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

Dr. Randy Jensen—auto racer, canyoneer, triathlete, and neurosurgeon—chats with us about his many life adventures.

Sep 13, 2017

What to Expect with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

What should you expect before, during, and after stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS? This video explains the process and may help you feel less anxious when facing your first SRS appointment.

May 15, 2017

Words of Hope for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

For Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, wants you to know something: “There is a lot of hope for patients with brain tumors.”