Nov 05, 2021

How COVID Vaccinations Can Help Cancer Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute patient, Jan Bates, describes the difficulties of being diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as it was made available to her, she received the COVID-19 vaccine. Jan talks about the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for those around you who may be immunocompromised.

Aug 26, 2021

A Message about Third-Dose Vaccines for Our Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute is now offering the Pfizer vaccine as a third dose to immunocompromised patients in our outpatient clinics. Talk to your care team to know if a third dose is right for you.

May 06, 2021

Message from Our Nursing Director

The year 2020 was designated as the international Year of the Nurse in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. And what a year it was for nursing on the local, national, and world stage. Our 500-plus nurses at Huntsman Cancer Institute have shined during an unprecedented time, showing compassion, resilience, and grit through a pandemic, social unrest and injustice, and emergency responses during an earthquake and hurricane-force winds.

Apr 01, 2021

Bringing Hope Closer to Cancer Patients

Clinical trials bring hope to patients in the form of innovative treatments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, despite strict hospital safety protocols and staff switching to remote work, HCI clinical research teams found a way to make sure patients could safely enroll and stay on clinical trials—remaining steadfast in our commitment to bring promising research advances to patients.

Apr 01, 2021

Reimagining Research in a Remote World

In March 2020, COVID-19 led to restrictions in on-site activities at HCI, at the University of Utah, across the state, and throughout the nation. HCI researchers were determined to keep labs functioning while also keeping employees safe. Learn how they overcame challenges and kept cancer research moving ahead.

Apr 01, 2021

Cancer Doesn’t Pause in a Pandemic

Cancer diagnoses have gone down during the COVID-19 pandemic—but that doesn’t mean cancer incidence has gone down. Doctors are concerned many cancers are going undiagnosed or untreated as people postponed or canceled routine screenings. They urge everyone to keep up with screening appointments so that cancer can be found early, when it is easier to treat.

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 23, 2021

New Guidance for Clinical Trial Participation by Cancer Patients Receiving a COVID-19 Vaccination

An international group of cancer clinical research experts reported new recommendations that receiving a COVID-19 vaccination should not preclude a cancer patient from participating on a clinical trial. Huntsman Cancer Institute physician-scientist and professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, Neeraj Agarwal, MD, was part of this newly formed group who reviewed the data and provided recommendations to patients, doctors, research centers, and the pharmaceutical research industry on this critical, emerging issue.

Mar 09, 2021

A Message about COVID-19 Vaccines to Huntsman Cancer Institute Patients

People with cancer are at increased risk of illness and death from the COVID-19 virus. Huntsman Cancer Institute is among many cancer centers and organizations nationwide urging government leaders and health departments to prioritize access to COVID-19 vaccines for people with cancer and survivors of cancer. We recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to you, either from your local health department or health care system.

Mar 02, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Urges all Adults to Take Action and Schedule Health and Cancer Screenings

Huntsman Cancer Institute experts are urging people to make sure they are up to date on their cancer screenings. This message follows national trends indicating far fewer cancers diagnosed in recent months as compared to prior years. Doctors are alarmed, as there is no evidence to suggest fewer cases of cancers; rather, it is believed that cancer diagnoses are down as many individuals or organizations canceled or postponed health appointments, including cancer screenings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 22, 2021

COVID-19 and Mammogram Breast Cancer Screening: What You Should Know

Dr. Phoebe Freer, a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and chief of breast imaging in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at University of Utah Health, provides insight on breast cancer screening and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jan 28, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Leading Cancer Organizations to Warn Cancer Doesn’t Stop for COVID-19 and Neither Should You

Huntsman Cancer Institute is teaming up with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, the American Cancer Society, and other leading organizations across the country to endorse resuming cancer screening and treatment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition released a letter stating that cancer still poses a major threat to people’s health.

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 21, 2020

A Special Thank You to the HCI Community

It has been said that challenges don't build character, they reveal character. The year 2020 put us to the test. Yet, Huntsman Cancer Institute employees made it abundantly clear we have character. We rose to the challenge in order to continue serving our patients and communities with skill and grace. We invited special guests from around the state to thank all of you on behalf of those touched by cancer and whose lives you have touched.

Dec 21, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Cancer Patients

COVID-19 is a new type of virus that can cause mild and severe infections in the lungs. Like other viruses, it can lead to serious infections for people with weakened immune systems. Some people with cancer might have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 or having a serious infection from it.

Dec 16, 2020

We Support #MaskUpUtah to Protect Cancer Patients and the Community

As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in Utah, members of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Community Advisory Board add their names to the people and health care organizations supporting the #MaskUpUtah campaign. They join us in asking everyone to wear a mask to protect cancer patients, who have weakened immune systems, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nov 23, 2020

A Message to Our Community about Staying Safe this Holiday Season

We, the physicians, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and other medical professionals of Huntsman Cancer Institute who have dedicated our lives to fighting cancer, urgently need your help. Our community, state, and nation are facing the biggest public health emergency of our time. Utahns are known for our kindness, sense of community, and dedication to helping fellow citizens. In order to keep our patients safe, we all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nov 19, 2020

How COVID-19 Affects Smokers and How to Quit

We know COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. We also know that both smoking and vaping affects the health of our lungs. Here is what we currently know about how COVID-19 affects people who smoke or vape.

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.

Oct 18, 2020

Providing Spiritual Care for HCI Patients and Staff

Two people occupy a small office in a big building. Huntsman Cancer Institute chaplains Gerson Annunciacao and John Cooper start and end their days in close quarters, often checking in on one another. But most of their time is spent across the rooms and corridors of the hospital, tending to HCI patients and staff. And the COVID-19 pandemic has been, for many—chaplains included—the most trying time of their careers.

Sep 22, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Nationwide Effort to Address COVID-19’s Impact on Cancer Prevention and Treatment

A group of 17 cancer centers around the country have banded together in a major new initiative to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting cancer care and prevention.

Aug 03, 2020

Donating Blood during the Coronavirus Pandemic

ARUP Blood Services is the sole provider of blood products to patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. They are doing everything they can to help protect people donating blood and maintain CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Jul 07, 2020

Shifting Gears: How HCI’s Cancer Screening and Education Bus Helped With COVID-19 Testing

When the Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Screening and Education Bus began operations in August 2019, no one knew that the following spring, the mobile clinic would be used for something else entirely. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, cancer screening on the bus came to a halt in order to prevent community spread of the virus. As COVID-19 cases increased along the Wasatch Front, the University of Utah Health began Utah Health and Economic Recovery Outreach (HERO), a program to test 10,000 Utahns for the disease. Using the bus for Utah HERO made perfect sense.

Jul 01, 2020

Ground Yourself with Walking Meditation

You can call on mindful walking whether you’re hiking or simply walking from your home to your car. Use your walking time to let go of worry and stress and to simply enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations coming from the world around you. Let walking renew and restore you—physically, mentally and emotionally.

Jun 04, 2020

Cancer Learning Center Update to Our Patrons

The Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Learning Center library has been closed for several weeks now. We miss seeing each of you and providing in-person help and information. Until we can open our doors again, we want you to know we’re still here for you to provide accurate, personalized health information.

May 21, 2020

Community Update from CEO Mary Beckerle: May 21, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

May 15, 2020

Community Update from CEO Mary Beckerle: May 15, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

May 08, 2020

2020 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

On May 6, 2020, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, gave her State of HCI address. This event is an annual tradition at HCI, where the CEO reports on progress of the past year and plans for the future. Less ordinary during this global coronavirus pandemic, however, was the format. Dr. Beckerle spoke to faculty and staff safely via live video stream.

May 06, 2020

2020 Nurses Week

Each day as I walk the halls of the hospital and clinics, I am humbled and honored to work side-by-side with our nursing staff.  Their caring, compassion, resiliency, and grit has earned HCI Nursing a place on the national stage as one of the best.  You truly do put our patients and community first, are united in your efforts for all our patients, their families, and each other and are excellent in everything you do. 

May 06, 2020

Healthy Cooking during a Pandemic

For many, the hardship of the coronavirus pandemic means more limited food choices. No matter the limitations, you can still nourish yourself and your family with the foods in your pantry. These meals may look different than what you’re used to and that’s okay.

May 05, 2020

Breast Cancer and Physical Distancing

As a third year medical student, I was about to start work with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) breast cancer team when coronavirus cancellations began. All University of Utah School of Medicine clinical learning was suspended to protect the health of patients and students. Soon, however, Kirstyn E. Brownson, MD, the physician I was scheduled to work with on my rotation, contacted me. We talked shop and she shared insights about treating breast cancer. Aside from these lessons, she gave me a challenge: research something I’m interested in and its connection with breast cancer.

May 04, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Screening and Education Bus to Support COVID-19 Response

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is deploying its Cancer Screening and Education Bus to assist with COVID-19 testing. Beginning today, the bus will target areas where rates of COVID-19 positive tests indicate a need for additional testing. This effort is in collaboration with University of Utah Health and in coordination with local and community partners.

Apr 30, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 30, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

Apr 22, 2020

Joy Infusions

I’ve heard the new coronavirus is a marathon, not a sprint. Marathon runners have moments when they push themselves, moments when they preserve energy, and moments when they shore up for a long stretch. Maybe our spirits can use an infusion of joy once in a while—even small joy, like a fun taste, silly moment, or simple connection. What can your joy infusions be? When can you have one?

Apr 17, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 17, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update from Huntsman Cancer Institute with our patients and community on how the organization is responding to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. This week, she describes activities at HCI and inspiring stories from staff. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

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 10, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 10, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

Apr 07, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives Donation of Five Tons of Hand Sanitizer

On April 6, 2020, Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health received a donation of five tons of hand sanitizer from Huntsman Corporation and LyondellBasell. This first shipment is part of a larger production initiative to help protect health care workers during this pandemic. 

Apr 07, 2020

How to Connect with Loved Ones in the Hospital

Physical distancing is challenging for everyone—and having a loved one in the hospital can make it even more difficult. New visitor policies help keep patients safe. But family members, caregivers, and friends may wonder how they can still provide physical and emotional support.

Apr 01, 2020

Wellness Center Update to Our Patients

To those of you who are missing your regular visits to the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we miss you too. Physical distancing is a barrier to our services. We believe in the power of touch and connection, but we have had to avoid physical proximity as we practice the highest levels of caution around COVID-19. And we are quickly adapting. We’ve come up with a collection of tools and resources to help you practice self-care and wellness during your time at home.

Mar 27, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: March 27, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.

Mar 23, 2020

Managing Stress and Anxiety During Crisis

It’s essential to care for not only our physical health but also our mental health. In the current climate (COVID-19, earthquakes, and other life factors), much is out of our control. It’s important to do your best to find balance and take care of your whole self.

Mar 20, 2020

HCI Lights Beacon of Hope White to Honor Service of COVID-19 Front Line Medical Teams

In an effort to express HCI’s support for those on the front lines of our COVID-19 challenge, HCI’s Beacon of Hope will run in white for the next several days. This reflects our deep appreciation to the staff at HCI, University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah Department of Health, and many, many other organizations across our region, the nation, and the world. We appreciate the sacrifices each of you are making and want you to know we recognize your incredible service.