Nov 11, 2022

Huntsman Cancer Institute Designated as First Clinical Research Center of Excellence

Pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma are rare neuroendocrine tumors that can be hereditary and passed down to children. Due to its outstanding work providing high-quality treatment, care, education, and clinical trials to patients, Huntsman Cancer Institute has been designated as the first Clinical and Research Center of Excellence by the Pheo Para Alliance, an organization working to raise awareness.

Sep 19, 2022

Ask an Expert: Is Prostate Cancer Genetic?

The National Cancer Institute states that about 1 in 8 males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. The average person’s chance of getting prostate cancer increases with age. Yet sometimes the chance of getting prostate cancer can be passed down through our genes. Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor Samantha Greenberg answers questions about prostate cancer.

Jun 29, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Li-Fraumeni syndrome increases your risk of getting cancer, so we asked Wendy Kohlmann, MS, some questions to gain a better understanding of this condition. The Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor answers queries about what causes LFS, how its spotted during genetic testing, and what screenings work best depending on your age and sex.

Jun 03, 2022

5 For The Fight Announces New Class of Cancer Research Fellows

5 For The Fight, a nonprofit started by Qualtrics and fueled by thousands of private donors, announced today that seven new cancer researchers will get a boost for their work thanks to $1.1 million in grants. Five women and two men, who are part of the multi-year 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellows program, were vetted and chosen in part for their pledge to focus on cancer research.

Jun 02, 2022

Researchers discover insights into breast cancer gene that could lead to better risk screening

Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 gene can significantly increase a person’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer—but not every mutation is harmful. Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute evaluated hundreds of different mutations and in a published study, Sean Tavtigian, PhD, explains how this information can be used to better understand and manage individual cancer risk.

May 23, 2022

Researchers find Evidence of Familial Genetic Risk for Colon Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers discovered that people with a certain polyp syndrome, their first-degree relatives, and people with certain colon lesions are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Lead authors Karen Curtin, PhD, and Priyanka Kanth, MD, answer questions about the findings.

Mar 01, 2022

Looking to the Past for Clues to Prevent Cancer

The best way to predict the future may be to understand the past. Researchers with the Utah Population Database (UPDB) want people to be aware of their genetic history in order to understand, and possibly prevent, a cancer diagnosis. By using generations of information, the UPDB can save lives now and for years to come.

Nov 17, 2021

A Glass-Half-Full Approach to Lung Cancer in the McMahon Lab

Martin McMahon, PhD, and his research group study the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer. About 30% of lung cancers can now be treated based on the disease’s specific genetics. McMahon is hopeful that each subset of lung cancer will soon have its own precision treatment.

Nov 15, 2021

If Someone in My Family Has Pancreatic Cancer, What Should I Do?

If someone in your family has had pancreatic cancer, you may be at a greater risk of also developing the disease. Learn about genetic testing from Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor Cathryn Koptiuch, CGC, MS, and how it guides treatment decisions, future screenings, and risk-reducing options.

Nov 12, 2021

Learn Your Family's Health History this Holiday

Your family’s health history may be the last thing on your mind at holiday get-togethers. But if you know you have a family history of cancer, you can take actions to reduce your risk. The genetic counselors at Huntsman Cancer Institute encourage you to take advantage of family gatherings to learn your health history.

Nov 04, 2021

Fostering Resilience, Empowering with Knowledge: The Role of a Genetic Counselor

Genetic counselors play a key role in various aspects of patient care. With increased knowledge about one’s biological makeup and history, counselors advise patients on what to look for during screenings, how to reduce cancer risks, and how to effectively treat possible cancer diagnoses.

Oct 18, 2021

How the Breast Cancer Family Registry Is Making an Impact on Future Generations

The Breast Cancer Family Registry provides people with a glimpse into their medical past and future. Through testing, doctors can discover if a person carries a BRCA gene mutation, which increases the risk of breast cancer. Learn about the impact the registry has had on two people, Elise Grant and Chrissy Walker.

Oct 15, 2021

Can I Afford Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk?

Genetic testing can help you find out if cancer runs in your family. Many think genetic testing is expensive, but genetic testing costs are relatively low and may even be free for some patients.

Sep 15, 2021

Uterine Cancer Risk Factors, Screening, and Treatment

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancers Program provides comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care for cancers of the female reproductive organs. Our experts treat and diagnose all types of these cancers and conditions.

Aug 25, 2021

Cancer Survivorship and Genetic Testing

Everyone has a different cancer story. Genetic testing is a way to help yourself and your family gain a better understanding of the disease. Screening improves treatment options and informs your loved ones of possible issues in the future.

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.

May 06, 2021

Pheo Para Alliance Designates First Center of Excellence

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the first center to receive a Center of Excellence designation from Pheo Para Alliance, a patient advocacy organization dedicated to supporting those with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, a rare neuroendocrine tumor. Huntsman Cancer Institute serves over 250 pheo and para patients from throughout the Mountain West, including Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Apr 29, 2021

Working to Eliminate Disparities in Genetic Counseling and Testing

Black, Latinx, and Asian populations have the lowest rates of genetic counseling and testing. These important data can help find inherited mutations that could cause the disease. Huntsman Cancer Institute works to share the importance of knowing family cancer history, create easier access to genetic counseling and testing, and educate about hereditary cancers.

Mar 22, 2021

Family History of Colon Cancer? How to Know if You Have Lynch Syndrome

People with a striking family history of colon cancer may have Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that increases cancer risk. It is the most common cause of hereditary colon cancer and puts people at risk for several other cancers. Learn about the signs you may have Lynch syndrome and how Huntsman Cancer Institute’s genetic counselors can help.

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 04, 2021

What is Li-Fraumeni Syndrome?

Li-Fraumeni syndrome is rare. But this inherited syndrome can significantly impact the families who have it. Li-Fraumeni syndrome happens when mutations occurs to the TP53 gene, and it increases the risk for developing many types of cancer. Learn what it means if your family has Li-Fraumeni syndrome and how genetic counselors can help you manage your cancer risk.

Feb 22, 2021

How to Know if You Need Extra Cancer Screening

Most people should follow the general cancer screening guidelines recommended by Huntsman Cancer Institute experts. But for some people with additional risk factors, such as a family history of cancer or exposure to cancer-causing substances like tobacco, these general recommendations may not be enough. Learn why cancer screening is so important and how to find out if you need to follow a different screening plan.

Jan 28, 2021

Does Cervical Cancer Run in Families?

If one of your family members has or had cervical cancer, you may be wondering about your own risk. The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute can help answer questions about genetic risk for cancer. They explain what you should know about what it means if you have a family history of cervical cancer and what you can about it.

Nov 19, 2020

Scientists Discover Roles for a Cellular Motor in Cancer

Utah scientists have discovered new functions of a key cellular machine that regulates gene packaging and is mutated in 20% of human cancers. The study was published in print today in the journal Molecular Cell. Cairns and colleagues wanted to know how nucleosomes are moved along or removed from the DNA to unpackage and expose genes.

Nov 12, 2020

Ask an Expert: Do I Need Genetic Testing?

What is genetic testing? Why would I need it? Is it covered by insurance? These are common questions about genetic testing for cancer risks. People with a family history of cancer may be at higher risk for cancer because of an inherited gene mutation. The HCI Family Cancer Assessment Clinic (FCAC) provides genetic counseling to help these people know if they are at an increased risk of cancer and what to do about it.

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

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.

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.

Jun 06, 2019

Caring for Patients with a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, but chances are likely you care for several patients with a family member who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. New data insights outline pancreas cancer screening strategies for certain patients with a family history of the disease.

Mar 01, 2019

Finding Familial Cancer Risk

In 2018, a team of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute received a prestigious National Cancer Institute Cancer Moonshot grant. The grant will fund studies about ways to identify patients who may benefit from genetic counseling and services.

Oct 25, 2018

More Than A Mammogram

Most women have about a 10-12% lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. But how do you know if you have a higher-than-average risk? Huntsman Cancer Institute now offers personalized breast screening visits, which help you find out your own risk for breast cancer. This helps you decide if you need to screen for breast cancer earlier than average, or if you need to take extra steps to lower your risk.

Aug 01, 2018

Study of Utah Lung Cancer Patients Finds Those Who Never Smoked May Have Genetic Predisposition for Cancer

Despite Utah's low smoking rate, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in Utah. In addition, lung cancer in people who have used tobacco and people who have never smoked behaves differently. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute wanted to know why.

Jun 14, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Physicians Attend and Share Expertise at National Cancer Meeting

“Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine,” was the theme of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 annual meeting held June 1-5, 2018 in Chicago. One of the largest scientific conferences in the world, the meeting brings together nearly 40,000 attendees and features thousands of studies about new ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.

Feb 15, 2018

Building onto a Dream: The Primary Children's and Families' Cancer Research Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute began in 1995 with an empty lot and a dream full of promise. Twenty-two years later, HCI opened a major expansion that doubled its research capacity.

Sep 13, 2016

Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Announces Recommendations

On September 7, 2016, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Acting Director Douglas Lowy, MD, accepted the recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) on a set of scientific approaches to accelerate progress in cancer research. An overview of the report was published in the journal Science.

Jul 05, 2016

HCI Convenes Cancer Moonshot Summit

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah participated in a national summit on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on June 29, 2016. The Cancer Moonshot Summits were organized at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, and more than 270 organizations hosted summits that brought together patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, advocates, philanthropists, and data and technology experts to brainstorm ways of speeding up progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years—and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.

Mar 22, 2016

New Treatment Reduces Precancerous Polyps in Hereditary Cancer Patients

Inheriting a mutation in the APC gene leads to a nearly 100% lifetime risk of colorectal cancer. While colon cancer can be kept at bay by removing the large intestine, these patients also have up to a 15% risk of getting cancer in the small intestine, which is the leading cause of cancer death in this patient group. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has identified the first prevention treatment for these patients, a two-drug combination that significantly reduces the number and size of precancerous polyps in the small intestine.