Aug 07, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Eruera “Ed” Napia

Eruera “Ed” Napia is a New Zealand and Maori-born artist who lives in Salt Lake City. Since 2004, he has developed programs at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. Ed has designed and taught university courses, performed song and dance around the world, won several awards for his sculpture, and presented at conferences across the United States. Ed joined the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Community Advisory Board as a founding member in 2018.

Aug 06, 2020

Tracy Onega Named Senior Director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Tracy Onega, PhD, has been appointed senior director of population sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute and professor of population sciences at the University of Utah. Onega began her service at HCI on August 1.

Aug 05, 2020

The Most Meaningful Job I’ve Ever Had

Mark Oberg, assistant director for the Computing and Technology Group, began his career at HCI in August 1998. Throughout the years, Mark has seen relatives, friends, neighbors, classmates, and professional peers go through cancer. These experiences inspire him and reaffirm his commitment to giving back to HCI in any way he can—whether by donating a portion of his paycheck through payroll deduction or staying late and working on the weekends.

Aug 04, 2020

Scientists Develop New Models to Accelerate Progress in Preventing Drug Resistance in Lung and Pancreas Cancers

Scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah report today the development of new models to study molecular characteristics of tumors of the lung and pancreas that are driven by mutations in a gene named NTRK1. The findings were published today in the journal Cell Reports.

Aug 03, 2020

Why I Love Being a HICU Nurse

A few days ago, I realized it had been one year since I started my very first shift as a nurse at the Huntsman Intensive Care Unit (HICU). So I decided to make a list of reasons why I love my job (and honestly I got a little bit emotional about it.)

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.

Aug 03, 2020

What is a downwinder?

A “downwinder” is a person who was exposed or presumed to be exposed to radiation from the explosion of nuclear devices at the federal Nevada Test Site. These nuclear tests took place in the 1950s and 1960s.

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 31, 2020

I Can Answer That : Yelena Wu on Sun Safety

Yelena Wu, PhD studies sun safety behaviors in Utah families. In this video, she answers frequently asked questions about sun safety and why it’s important in preventing skin cancer.

Jul 31, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Illuminates Potential New Treatment Approach in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In a study published in the journal Leukemia, lead author Ami Patel, MD, showed that factors produced by bone marrow support cells allowed leukemia cells to survive treatment with quizartinib, a type of TKI.

Jul 31, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Morgan Marietti

Morgan Marietti, MS, joined the Community Advisory Board to represent the American Cancer Society and for the opportunity to elevate the voices and needs of the communities in which she advocates and serves.

Jul 29, 2020

Researchers Outline Need for Further Evaluation of Gene Expression Profiling in Melanoma Patients

A consensus statement published today in JAMA Dermatology by an international group of melanoma researchers evaluates the use of prognostic genetic expression profile (GEP) testing to guide clinical management of patients with melanoma. The group cautioned against routine use of currently available GEP tests for patients with cutaneous melanoma.

Jul 29, 2020

Letter of Hope from the KB Jones Lab

Even as we strive to improve our understanding and treatment of many types of sarcoma and other cancers, we recognize that every cancer and every patient with cancer is unique. Each person we are fortunate enough to work with needs specific care and attention to move forward. Thank you for your continued strength and determination. We are committed to learning the most we can in order to do the best we can for every patient.

Jul 28, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Ranked among the Best Cancer Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has again named Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) among the top cancer hospitals in the nation.

Jul 21, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives Renewal of Prestigious Designation from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute has renewed the designation of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest federal rank possible for a cancer research organization. This grant awards HCI more than $29 million over seven years, an increase of 84% in annual funding from the previous award cycle.

Jul 20, 2020

What You Need to Know about Eye Cancer and Eyelid Cancer

Cancers that happen in and around the eye are very rare. The most common type of eye cancer that happens in adults is ocular melanoma, sometimes known as intraocular melanoma. This is when melanoma forms inside the eye or just around the eyelid.

Jul 17, 2020

Talks with Docs: Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, is not simply an oncologist or neuroendocrine tumor expert. She is also a passionate advocate to patients and has, along with many other patient-centered activities, volunteered at the ASCO Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill and had the opportunity to meet members of Congress to advocate for improved patient care. Learn about her advocacy work, Brazilian upbringing, and more in this edition of Talks with Docs.

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 16, 2020

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.

Jul 15, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces Next Major Expansion: Cancer Care Coming to Patient Homes in Rural Utah

A $4.5 million gift from the Huntsman family will fund an expansion of a unique program at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah that brings specialty cancer care directly to patients in their homes. With this major gift, HCI’s Huntsman at Home will expand to rural Utah, including Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties. The goal is to provide cancer care for patients who live far from HCI in Salt Lake City by partnering with patients and their caregivers, communities, and medical teams to deliver many aspects of cancer care in a patient’s own home as an alternative to hospital visits at a medical center or emergency department.

Jul 15, 2020

Working with a Purpose

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.

Jul 10, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Commitment to End Racism

At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), we are familiar with tackling major and complex challenges, like cancer. We will similarly dedicate ourselves to tackling racism. Meaningful action is long overdue. We fall short of our vision to deliver a cancer-free frontier if we do not succeed in our efforts to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Jul 10, 2020

How to Donate Hair for Wigs

Hair loss, a well-known side effect of cancer treatment, is one of many challenges people with cancer experience. To help with this loss, some people grow out their hair and then donate it to create wigs for people undergoing treatment. Here are some tips for donating your hair.

Jul 08, 2020

New Clues from Fruit Flies about the Critical Role of Sex Hormones in Stem Cell Control

In one of the first studies addressing the role of sex hormones’ impact on stem cells in the gut, scientists outline new insights showing how a steroidal sex hormone, that is structurally and functionally similar to human steroid hormones, drastically alters the way intestinal stem cells behave, ultimately affecting the overarching structure and function of this critical organ.

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 29, 2020

What Does It Mean to Be a Survivor?

“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 26, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month in June, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will illuminate the Beacon of Hope in rainbow colors this weekend.

Jun 26, 2020

A Study of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Young Adult Men Reveals “Hotspots” of Death in the United States

Over the last three decades, colorectal cancer survival in the United States has improved significantly. But in young people incidence and mortality due to colorectal cancer are on the rise. Even among patients with early-stage colorectal cancer, racial disparities have grown more pronounced, with survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis poorer among African Americans compared with whites. Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, is working to better understand these factors in young people with colorectal cancer in order to help improve outcomes and reduce related disparities from this preventable disease.

Jun 25, 2020

A 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

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 10, 2020

Ask an Expert: Why Choose a Lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy is the gold standard for breast cancer surgery, says Kirstyn E. Brownson, MD, a surgical breast oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute. We asked Dr. Brownson to explain what a lumpectomy is and the benefits it offers.

Jun 09, 2020

Huntsman SportsFest: More Than Just a Virtutal 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 Alone

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

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.

Jun 02, 2020

Researchers Identify a Moving Target in Small Cell Lung Tumors

About 15 percent of lung cancers are classified as small cell lung cancer. Recent studies have indicated that four major subtypes of small cell lung cancer exist, yet approaches to tailor treatment of these subtypes have not yet become standard of care. Today in the journal Cancer Cell, scientists outline new findings about the origins of these lung cancer subtypes, paving the way for a new foundation to study this disease.

Jun 02, 2020

She’s Got Sunshine

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.

Jun 01, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Beacon of Hope Shines Gold to Convey Hope for the Future

Huntsman Cancer Institute lights Beacon of Hope the color gold to convey hope for the future.

May 29, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Demonstrate Better Outcomes, Lower Cost in First-Ever Oncology Hospital-at-Home Evaluation

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah presented the first outcomes evaluation of an adult oncology hospital-at-home program today at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. The study evaluated patients participating in HCI’s Huntsman at HomeTM. The data demonstrate strong evidence for this care model, showing improved patient outcomes, including reduced hospitalizations and decreased visits to the emergency department.

May 28, 2020

When Should I Talk to a Doctor about Skin Changes?

Skin changes as you age. Freckles, wrinkles, sun spots, and moles can look different over time. So how do you know when to see a doctor?

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 26, 2020

Melanoma Research Innovations

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, we're committed to delivering a cancer-free frontier. Our cancer researchers are on the cutting-edge of discovery and innovation, and we're excited by what these advancements mean for melanoma prevention and treatment. Together, we're building the future we want.

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 20, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Christine Stoffel

Christine Stoffel joined Huntsman Cancer Institute's Community Advisory Board to advocate for parents who have, or someday might have, a child diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to share her family’s experiences and concerns. She also wanted to learn more about current efforts to eradicate cancer and assist those efforts in any way she can.

May 19, 2020

Eating Well during Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

Eating well is important—and even more so during cancer treatment. Good nutrition makes it easier for you to tolerate treatment and boosts your quality of life. But if you have a head and neck cancer, treatments and side effects may affect how you eat.

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 07, 2020

Proton Accelerator Arrives at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Construction at the Senator Orrin G. Hatch Center for Proton Therapy 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.

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 05, 2020

5 For The Fight Launches Fellowship Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute to Attract New Talent to the Fight Against Cancer

Today, 5 For The Fight, a global movement inviting everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer, launched the 5 For The Fight Fellowship. This new program will sponsor nine early-career cancer researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The program is designed to help build a pipeline of qualified researchers to accelerate the pace of innovative cancer research.

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 29, 2020

Researchers Find New Insights Linking Cell Division to Cancer

Scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco published research in the journal Nature extending our understanding of the process of cell division. They discovered the protein LEM2 has two important functions during cell division.

Apr 27, 2020

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

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 24, 2020

CEO Mary Beckerle Announces HCI's 2020 Report to the Community

Our CEO Mary Beckerle announces Huntsman Cancer Institute’s 2020 Report to the Community. This year’s report is titled The Huntsman Touch. Look carefully and you’ll see that one of the core features of HCI’s vision, the human touch, is embedded in that title. The human touch is part of the essence of HCI. It exemplifies how we deliver patient care, how we care for each other, how we care for our community, and how our science is focused on making a difference in people’s lives.

Apr 24, 2020

Research Advancing Individualized Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancers

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men in the United States. About one man in nine will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in his life. A study recently published in The Lancet’s EBioMedicine Journal describes new insights into how unique genetic traits of metastatic prostate tumors that are shed into the blood of cancer patients can be used for applying to the care of and potential molecularly targeted treatments in individual patients.

Apr 23, 2020

Working to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities program (GMaP) is an initiative of HCI’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is part of a nationwide program by the National Cancer Institute. Organizations from seven hubs across the country work to reduce cancer health disparities and support career development for researchers and trainees who work on cancer health disparities.

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 20, 2020

Beating the Odds

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 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 16, 2020

A Series of Fortunate Events

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 a cancer diagnosis.

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 10, 2020

One Sibling’s Perspective on Childhood Cancer

When a child is diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, especially cancer, the focus shifts to the child suffering from that disease—as it should. But what is often forgotten is how the entire family is affected. Understandably, we often think of primary caregivers, in most cases the parents. Very rarely do we hear a sibling’s perspective, like mine.

Apr 09, 2020

10 Things to Know about AYA Cancer

April 6–10, 2020, is Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week. We want to recognize our patients age 15–39 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Here are 10 things to know about AYA cancer.

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.

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

What Clothing Is Best for Sun Protection?

Summer offers plenty of chances to get sun damage, especially when you’re outdoors all day. Whether you’re at the pool or beach, on a river trip, in the mountains, or at the amusement park, you’re risking skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your skin. And UV damage may lead to skin cancer.

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 06, 2020

Fighting Cancer, One Meal at a Time

There’s no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, but there are lifestyle choices, like diet, that can help reduce your risk. Make your diet fight cancer with these tips.

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 31, 2020

Everyday Joy

Karen Jensen had a lifelong dream of her dad walking her down the aisle. She was 25, living in Phoenix, about to graduate with a master’s in social work, and about to marry her high school sweetheart. A few weeks before the wedding, her father, who had lymphoma, was emergently admitted to the hospital. Her father's social worker went above and beyond to make sure he could walk her down the aisle, creating priceless memories and completely changing Karen's career path.

Mar 30, 2020

Ask An Expert: Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer with many treatment options, though it currently has no cure. We asked our experts at Huntsman Cancer Institute to weigh in on frequently asked questions about multiple myeloma, including how the disease works and how treatment looks.

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 26, 2020

Utah Hospital's Realistic Prosthetics Take Fear Out of Facial Cancer Surgeries

There are times surgeons have to remove part of the face, such as a nose or an ear, in order to save a life. These patients are referred to HCI anaplastologist Paul Tanner, who makes facial prostheses — hand-sculpted and hand-painted artificial parts of the face. HCI is one of the few hospitals in the country that has an anaplastologist and prosthesis lab onsite, making it easy for patients and their care team to meet with Tanner.

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 25, 2020

Reducing Your Colon Cancer Risk

Each year around 145,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die from it. The good news is that colorectal cancer is highly preventable through screening. And you can lower your risk for developing the disease by making some lifestyle changes.

Mar 24, 2020

Helping People Brings Me 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 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.

Mar 19, 2020

Ask an Expert: Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Now, thanks to the development of early screening techniques, that’s no longer the case. Yet every year, there are still around 13,800 new cases of cervical cancer. To learn more about cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, we spoke with Kate Harris, MD, a gynecologic oncologist.

Mar 09, 2020

Talks with Docs: Don Ayer, PhD

Don Ayer, PhD, believes the best scientists are the ones who are most creative and can think outside the box. Join the conversation in this clip with Dr. Ayer about diversity in the cancer research workforce and why representation matters.

Mar 09, 2020

HCI Post-Doctoral Fellow Receives Award from the National Cancer Institute

Aria Vaishnavi, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has received the first annual National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers. The “Early K99” grant supports researchers who need only a short period of training and mentorship after their doctoral degrees and before they’re hired into a faculty position.

Mar 06, 2020

What You Need to Know about Lymphedema

The lymph system moves fluid throughout the body. Lymphedema can happen if lymph vessels are damaged or if lymph nodes were removed during surgery. It can also be a side effect of radiation treatment. For example, after removal of lymph nodes in the armpit or radiation to the lymph nodes in the armpit, swelling due to lymphedema may happen in that arm.

Mar 04, 2020

Talks with Docs: Kirstyn Brownson, MD

In this episode of Talks with Docs, Kirstyn Brownson, MD, tells us how she went from ballerina to surgeon after a life-changing injury. Dr. Brownson also speaks with us about her affinity for writing and how women with cancer have improved their experiences by engaging with their health care team.

Mar 04, 2020

Paving the Way for Indigenous Scholars

The PathMaker Program definitely had a significant impact on my career path. It was what opened the door to the research world and provided me with the support I needed even after completing the program. I learned that even though my internship ended, the relationships and contacts I gained in the program did not. PathMaker has helped me in every step of my career, and I will be forever grateful.

Mar 04, 2020

Talks with Docs: John Ward, MD

John Ward, MD, has been a part of Huntsman Cancer Institute since its doors first opened. He now serves as Interim Senior Director of Clinical Affairs and the Interim Physician in Chief. Dr. Ward is honored to be associated with people who face cancer in their lives and tells us what he's learned from his patients after his 25 years at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Mar 03, 2020

More Than a Day of Pink on the Slopes

Pink Park City is a day dedicated to conquering more than just the slopes. It’s about supporting cutting-edge cancer research. There’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of reaching a peak of fresh snow, skis or snowboard at the ready, your colorful costume reflecting off the snow beneath and a motivation to raise money for cancer research.

Mar 03, 2020

HCI Researcher Finds Possible Reason for Lung Cancer Driver

About one-third of lung cancer patients who have never smoked have a small portion of DNA missing in the gene called EGFR. This missing portion is a mutation that drives cancer and causes tumors. In a recent study, Lyska Emerson, MD, looked at the patterns of four non-mutated EGFR genes. She was in search of a “destabilizing DNA sequence.” This sequence could explain why that portion of the DNA—called the exon 19 deletion—goes missing in some people.

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

Beyond Borders to Conquer Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has recently extended its reach in the Mountain West, inviting members of the comprehensive cancer programs in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming as well as Utah to join HCI’s Community Advisory Board (CAB).

Mar 01, 2020

The Power of Partnership: Stronger Together

Through a collaboration with the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) and the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researchers are collaborating with more than 30 community health centers across Utah on a new study aimed at improving engagement with evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco.

Mar 01, 2020

Taking HCI-Quality Care on the Road

In fall 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) unveiled the Cancer Screening and Education Bus. This stateof- the art mobile clinic brings HCI’s expertise and the latest screening technology to residents across Utah, including those who live in distant areas and rural communities. This new service affirms HCI’s commitment to addressing the cancer-related needs of our state.

Mar 01, 2020

Collegial and Collaborative

Part of our mission at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is to pass on knowledge to the promising next generation. Training programs can be found across HCI in clinical care and research, and across age groups—from high school to postdoctoral students. HCI trains future leaders in cancer disciplines, some of whom are introduced here. 

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Kolawole Okuyemi

One of the most gratifying things about being in academic medicine is the culture of mentorship and training it engenders. When I was beginning my career, I had the benefit of faculty advisors who helped ensure I had the best training to allow me to succeed. And now, I have the privilege of mentoring junior faculty starting their own careers.

Mar 01, 2020

Taking a Stand

Philanthropy comes in many forms—even the shape of a cookie. For the last six years, Adalyn Wood has sold lemonade and cookies to raise funds for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). In 2019, with help from her family, she raised more than $1,200 through her Lemonade and Cookies for a Cure stand.

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

Reducing the Financial Stress of Cancer

Cancer in itself is a big enough burden without the added stress of medical bills. The goal of the financial advocates at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is to help reduce that stress.

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

Mensaje de John Ward

Hace más de dos décadas, tuve el privilegio de ser miembro del equipo al que se le dio una oportunidad extraordinaria: trabajar junto a Jon M. y Karen Huntsman y nuestros colegas de la Universidad de Utah para transformar la forma en que brindamos atención del cáncer en Utah. Nos propusimos hacer algo que una vez se creyó imposible. Nos propusimos desarrollar un hospital de cáncer de clase mundial y un centro de investigación, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés).

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

How Oncology Nursing Is Different

Cancer forces patients to stare their mortality and vulnerability in the face. In caring for them, I have developed gratitude and humility. Now that I am a nurse educator, I no longer work directly with patients. But when I did, I found opportunities to cultivate patience and compassion with every patient. I welcomed the opportunity to explain side effects, control symptoms, provide advocacy, and coordinate care.

Mar 01, 2020

Message from John Ward

More than two decades ago, I had the privilege of being a member of the team given an extraordinary opportunity: to work alongside Jon M. and Karen Huntsman and our colleagues at the University of Utah to transform the way we deliver cancer care in Utah. We set out to do something once thought impossible. We set out to develop a world-class cancer hospital and research center—Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).

Mar 01, 2020

From Notion to Knowledge: Cancer Research Saves Lives

Clinical trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) help find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer by testing the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. On average, there are between 150–200 clinical trials open to HCI patients at any given time.

Mar 01, 2020

Innovations in Melanoma: Prevention Starts in Youth

Utah has the highest rate of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—in the United States. Factors such as high altitude and residents who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking contribute to the risk. At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), our commitment to addressing this major medical challenge spans our mission—from research and care to education.

Mar 01, 2020

The Air Apparent: Pollution, Cancer, and Health

For all of its breathtaking mountainous beauty, Salt Lake City comes with the tradeoff of periodic poor air. In the 2019 “Health of the Air” report by the American Thoracic Society, Salt Lake ranked 23rd among U.S. cities with the highest health impacts due to air quality. Among those most vulnerable are the elderly and children.

Mar 01, 2020

To Understand Cancer from Its Beginnings

By better understanding cancer in its earliest stages—and a deeper knowledge of healthy cell behavior—we shed light on the precursors of cancer and what allows a cancer to grow. Read just a few highlights of noteworthy recent studies at HCI that advance our quest to understand cancer from its beginnings and to use that information in the creation and improvement of new cancer treatments.

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Neli Ulrich

Every day at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), members of our more than 200 cancer research teams enter the doors with a strong sense of responsibility to make a difference in the cancer challenges we face. They bring expertise from all over the world and are recognized for their exceptional collaboration.

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Peter Huntsman: Making a Difference

This past year, HCI has experienced phenomenal growth, worldwide support, and new groundbreakings. But what can’t be purchased is the creativity and intellect of our researchers, the cutting-edge skills and collaboration of our doctors and surgeons, the compassion and care of our nurses and medical personnel, and the leadership and devotion of our administrators.

Mar 01, 2020

Hero Highlights: Teaming Up for a World without Cancer

Huntsman Heroes is a group of dedicated people who run, bike, hike, ski, and snowboard toward a common philanthropic and physical goal. Huntsman Heroes agree to raise a minimum donation amount to support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Mar 01, 2020

The Generation to End Cancer

When Austin was 17 and a high school senior, he learned firsthand the impact cancer can have. He was diagnosed with leukemia. Austin endured intensive treatments, lost his hair, and spent three months in the hospital. Now a senior at Arkansas State University and a brother in the Theta Chi chapter of Sigma Chi, Austin is committed to giving back by raising funds for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).

Mar 01, 2020

Cómo la enfermería oncológica es diferente

El cáncer obliga a los pacientes a enfrentar su mortalidad y vulnerabilidad. Al cuidarlos, he desarrollado gratitud y humildad. Ahora que soy una enfermera educadora, ya no trabajo directamente con los pacientes. Pero cuando lo hice, encontré oportunidades para cultivar la paciencia y la compasión con cada paciente. Acogí la oportunidad de explicar los efectos secundarios, el control de síntomas, proporcionar defensoría y coordinar la atención.

Mar 01, 2020

Extending Care through the Mountain West

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah extends cancer care through the Mountain West with its affiliate hospitals. These hospitals work with HCI experts to give world-class cancer care to patients near their homes. HCI affiliate hospitals provide specialty cancer services to their patients. For some procedures, patients travel to Salt Lake City. Then they get follow-up care at the affiliate hospital near their home.

Mar 01, 2020

Reduciendo el estrés financiero del cáncer

El cáncer por sí solo es una carga lo suficientemente grande sin el estrés adicional de las facturas médicas. El objetivo de los defensores financieros de Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) es ayudar a reducir ese estrés.

Mar 01, 2020

Logros de los héroes: uniéndose para un mundo sin cáncer

El programa Huntsman Heroes es un grupo de personas dedicadas que corren, montan bicicleta, caminan, esquían y practican snowboard hacia una meta filantrópica y física común. Huntsman Heroes acuerda recaudar un monto mínimo de donación para apoyar la investigación del cáncer en Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Mar 01, 2020

La generación para erradicar el cáncer

Cuando Austin tenía 17 años y estaba en el último año de la escuela secundaria, aprendió de primera mano el impacto que el cáncer puede tener. Le diagnosticaron leucemia. Austin soportó tratamientos intensivos, perdió su cabello y pasó tres meses en el hospital. Ahora es un estudiante de último año en la Universidad Estatal de Arkansas y un hermano en el capítulo Theta Chi de Sigma Chi, Austin se ha comprometido a dar a cambio recaudando fondos paraHuntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés).

Mar 01, 2020

Trascendiendo fronteras para vencer el cáncer

Recientemente, HCI extendió su alcance en el Oeste Montañoso, invitando a miembros de los programas integrales de cáncer en Idaho, Montana, Nevada y Wyoming, así como en Utah, a unirse a la Junta Asesora Comunitaria (CAB por sus siglas en inglés) de HCI.

Mar 01, 2020

El poder de la cooperación: juntos más fuertes

A través de una colaboración con la Asociación de Salud Comunitarios de Utah (AUCH por sus siglas en inglés) y el programa de prevención y control de tabaco del Departamento de Salud de Utah, los investigadores de Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) están colaborando con más de 30 centros de salud comunitarios en todo Utah en un nuevo estudio dirigido a mejorar el compromiso con el tratamiento para el cese del tabaco basado en la evidencia para reducir la muerte y la enfermedad causada por el tabaco.

Mar 01, 2020

Llevando la atención de calidad de HCI a la calle

En otoño de 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) presentó el autobús de detección y educación del cáncer. Esta clínica móvil de última generación lleva la última tecnología de detección y experiencia de HCI a los residentes en Utah, incluyendo aquellos que viven en áreas distantes y comunidades rurales. Este nuevo servicio afirma el compromiso de HCI al abordar las necesidades relacionadas con el cáncer en nuestro estado.

Mar 01, 2020

Colegial y colaborativo

Parte de nuestra misión en Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) es transmitir conocimiento a la prometedora próxima generación. Los programas de capacitación se pueden encontrar en todo HCI en atención clínica e investigación, y en todos los grupos de edad, desde la escuela secundaria hasta los estudiantes posdoctorales. HCI capacita a futuros líderes en disciplinas relacionadas al cáncer, algunos de los cuales se presentan aquí.

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Kolawole Okuyemi

Una de las cosas más gratificantes de estar en la medicina académica es la cultura de la tutoría y el entrenamiento que conlleva. Cuando estaba empezando mi carrera, tuve el beneficio de los asesores de la facultad que me ayudaron a asegurarme de que tenía el mejor entrenamiento para permitirme tener éxito. Y ahora, tengo el privilegio de asesorar a los profesores novatos que comienzan sus propias carreras.

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

Adoptando una postura

La filantropía viene en muchas formas—incluso en forma de una galleta. Durante los últimos seis años, Adalyn Wood ha vendido limonada y galletas para recolectar fondos para la investigación oncológica en Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés). En el 2019, con ayuda de su familia, ella recolectó más de $1,200 a través de su stand de Limonadas y Galletas para una Cura.

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

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.

Mar 01, 2020

De la noción al conocimiento: la investigación oncológica salva vidas

Las pruebas clínicas en Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) ayudan a encontrar mejores formas de prevenir, diagnosticar y tratar el cáncer, al poner a prueba la seguridad y efectividad de nuevos fármacos y tratamientos. En promedio, existen 150-200 ensayos clínicos abiertos a pacientes de HCI en cualquier momento dado.

Mar 01, 2020

Innovaciones en el melanoma: la prevención comienza en la juventud

Utah has the highest rate of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—in the United States. Factors such as high altitude and residents who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking contribute to the risk. At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), our commitment to addressing this major medical challenge spans our mission—from research and care to education.

Mar 01, 2020

El aire aparente: contaminación, cáncer y salud

A pesar de su impresionante belleza montañosa, Salt Lake City viene con la compensación de un aire pobre periódico. En el informe "Salud del aire" de 2019 del American Thoracic Society, Salt Lake se clasificó en el puesto 23 entre las ciudades estadounidenses con mayor impacto en la salud debido a la calidad del aire. Entre los más vulnerables están los ancianos y los niños.

Mar 01, 2020

Entender el Cáncer desde sus Inicios

Mediante una mejor comprensión del cáncer en sus etapas más tempranas—y un conocimiento más profundo del comportamiento de las células saludables—esclarecemos los precursores del cáncer y lo que permite que un cáncer crezca. Lea algunos puntos destacados de estudios notables recientes en HCI que impulsan nuestro empeño por entender el cáncer desde sus inicios y usar dicha información en la creación y las mejoras de nuevos tratamientos contra el cáncer.

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Neli Ulrich

Todos los días en Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI, por sus siglas en inglés), los miembros de nuestros más de 200 equipos de investigación del cáncer entran por la puerta con un fuerte sentido de responsabilidad para marcar la diferencia en los desafíos que enfrentamos respecto al cáncer. Traen experiencia de todo el mundo y son reconocidos por su colaboración excepcional.

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Peter Huntsman: Haciendo la Diferencia

El año pasado, HCI ha experimentado un crecimiento fenomenal, un apoyo mundial, y nuevos avances. Pero lo que no se puede comprar es la creatividad y el intelecto de nuestros investigadores, las habilidades de vanguardia y la colaboración de nuestros médicos y cirujanos, la compasión y el cuidado de nuestras enfermeras y personal médico, y el liderazgo y la devoción de nuestros administradores.

Feb 25, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Translational Scholars: Courtney Scaife, MD

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

Feb 24, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Translational Scholars: Benjamin L. Maughan, MD, PharmD

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

Feb 21, 2020

Chasing—and Catching—His Dreams

To say that the PathMaker Program made an impact on my life would be a huge understatement. I learned so much from my PathMaker experience, I honestly could write a book about it. Because of the skills I learned, the connections I made, and the amazing mentorship I received, the program instilled in me a drive to continue to chase my dreams.

Feb 20, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute to Host 7th Annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference

The 7th annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference will be hosted by Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Theresa’s Research Foundation on September 10 and 11, 2020. Participants from around the world are invited to discuss metastatic breast cancer including ongoing research and new ideas from early career scientists.

Feb 18, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches New Cancer Genetics Center

A new research initiative at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah builds upon Utah’s history of genetic discovery to inform strategies that help affected families reduce their cancer risk. Called the Center for Cancer Genetics at HCI, its initial work includes two statewide projects designed to advance understanding of genetic predisposition of cancer and other disease.

Feb 11, 2020

Researchers Discover a Key Protein in Endometrial Cancer Growth

The hormone estrogen plays many critical roles in men and women, in both healthy tissues and in cancer. In breast and gynecologic cancers, estrogen sends signals to tumors instructing the cancer cells to grow out of control. . In endometrial cancer, which arises in the lining of the uterus, estrogen is known to play a critical role in tumor development, yet many insights from how it affects breast cancer do not apply to endometrial cancer. New research from HCI Researchers outlines findings scientists hope will advance our understanding of endometrial cancer and lead to more effective treatments.

Feb 07, 2020

New CAR-T Target Yields Promising Results for Multiple Myeloma

Too many patients with cancers like multiple myeloma relapse after treatment. This grim reality motivated researchers at HCI to try to improve the depth and durability of treatment response in multiple myeloma through a new cancer cell targeting mechanism. In research published in the journal Nature Communications, HCI scientists describe a novel way to treat cancers using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy.

Feb 07, 2020

HCI Researcher Receives Award to Study Skin Cancer Prevention Behaviors in Children and Families

Yelena Wu, PhD, has been awarded a multi-year Research Scholar Grant totaling nearly $800,000. This award, given by the American Cancer Society, will expand Dr. Wu’s work to rigorously test new behavioral interventions to promote implementation of skin cancer prevention behaviors among Utah children and their parents.

Jan 31, 2020

Construction Notice – Road Work and Building Construction Impacts at Huntsman Cancer Institute Beginning February 3, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah will begin several projects to support the construction of The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. These projects will impact roadways and parking access at HCI, including the cancer hospital and research center.

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 24, 2020

Two HCI Researchers Receive Prestigious Grant to Study Liver Cancer

Kimberley Evason, MD, PhD, and Gregory Ducker, PhD, were two of only twelve scientists nationwide to receive a Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. This award is given by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation annually to help “exceptionally creative thinkers” who pursue “high-risk, high-reward” research concepts.

Jan 23, 2020

Dear Blood Donor

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 16, 2020

Talks with Docs: Sheri Holmen, PhD

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 16, 2020

Talks with Docs: Will Lowrance, MD

Will Lowrance, MD, is originally from North Carolina but has made Utah, and Huntsman Cancer Institute, home now for many years. In this episode of Talks with Docs, Dr. Lowrance shares with us his love of fly fishing, how Huntsman Cancer Institute's impact reaches beyond Utah, and who he would trade lives with for a day.

Jan 15, 2020

HCI Provides Naloxone Kits to Help Save Lives

Thanks to a partnership with Utah Naloxone, the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute now offers free naloxone rescue kits to anyone requesting one—no questions asked.

Jan 14, 2020

A New Decade: Celebrating More Than 20 Years of Supporting Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Mission

In 1999, the first research building at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) opened, with a vision that HCI could make a difference in the lives of people with cancer. Two decades later, discoveries have been made and lives have been saved because of committed, tenacious, hardworking doctors, researchers, and nurses. And standing beside them along this path are our steadfast and generous donors.

Jan 13, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Earns Renewal of National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah received a three-year renewal of its accreditation by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. HCI earned this renewal following a process that evaluates 34 quality care standards identified as best practice indicators to ensure excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered cancer care.

Jan 13, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Translational Scholars: 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.

Jan 09, 2020

How Blood Donations Help Cancer Patients

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, people often look for ways to help. One way to help is to donate blood or platelets. Patients diagnosed with cancer may need a blood transfusion for many different reasons.

Jan 09, 2020

First-Ever Genomic Study of Puberty Yields Insights into Development, Cancer, and Infertility

In the first-ever genome-scale analysis of the puberty process in humans, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah outline distinct and critical changes to stem cells in males during adolescence. They further outline how testosterone, and the cells that produce testosterone, impact stem cells in male reproductive organs.

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.

Dec 20, 2019

Don Milligan Named Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Hospital Executive Director

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) announced Don Milligan, MBA, will serve as the new executive director of the HCI Cancer Hospital.

Dec 18, 2019

Making a Difference in Fundraising for Cancer Research

Heather Arauzo has volunteered for Huntsman Cancer Foundation for nearly a decade. She began as an aid station volunteer for the Huntsman 140, an endurance bicycling event held each year in June. Even better, Heather was able to multiply her gift of time and talent by persuading her husband and five children to join her each year. This family affair has become a cherished tradition.

Dec 05, 2019

Grieving the Loss of Your Health

Grief is the mourning you feel after any kind of loss. It is a normal, healthy response to the changes cancer can bring—to your health, your peace of mind, your independence, your ability to work or do the things you love. Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers say it’s important to acknowledge grief and let yourself experience it.

Dec 04, 2019

Celebrating A 100th Birthday and a Legacy Secured

On December 7, 2019, Richard Fay will reach an incredible milestone: his 100th birthday. But that isn’t the only significant thing about Richard—he is also a five-time cancer survivor. His wife, Carol, is also a cancer survivor. When Jon and Karen Huntsman made their first gift of $10 million to establish a cancer institute on the campus of the University of Utah, they issued a call to the community, asking others to dig deep and support the vision that would become Huntsman Cancer Institute. Richard and Carol answered that call, creating a planned gift with a bequest to support cancer research.

Nov 26, 2019

Support for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver for someone with cancer can be stressful, overwhelming, and isolating. Sometimes the only people who can truly understand are those who have been there. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers run a support group dedicated to caregivers. The group offers education and a safe place to talk for anyone who cares for a loved one treated at HCI.

Nov 26, 2019

Even Non-Smokers Can Get Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women. It claims more lives every year than colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers combined. People who smoke tobacco have the greatest risk, but people who have never smoked can also get lung cancer.

Nov 25, 2019

Holmen Receives Prestigious Melanoma Research Award

The Society for Melanoma Research recently presented Sheri Holmen, PhD, with the prestigious Estela Medrano Memorial Award. Holmen is a melanoma researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and a professor of surgery at the University of Utah. This award was created in honor of the late Estela Medrano, a leader in melanoma research. The Estela Medrano Award is given annually to a woman who has made major contributions in the fight against melanoma.

Nov 22, 2019

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One

Think about the last time you were on an airplane. What do the flight attendants tell you to do if the oxygen masks drop down from overhead? Put your own mask on first. If you don’t make sure you’re getting oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else. This same rule applies to caregivers. It’s important to take care of your own needs before you “run out of oxygen.”

Nov 21, 2019

Commit to Quitting Tobacco during the Great American Smokeout

It’s no surprise that many people who smoke want to quit. Smoking-related illness is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. It results in 85% of lung cancer cases in the country and causes 480,000 deaths every year. More than 37.8 million Americans continue to smoke tobacco every day, and about 70% of those people say they want to stop. But quitting smoking is not easy. More than 90% of smokers who quit successfully needed help to get there.

Nov 20, 2019

Letter of Hope from the Oliver Lab

We know how cancer impacts your lives. It has touched our lives too. We want you to know we are working hard every day to uncover clues and new strategies for treating lung cancer. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in the United States and in Utah. Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with smoking and the relatively few survivors of lung cancer, funding for lung cancer research is relatively low. Yet we know that people of all ages can develop lung cancer, including non-smokers, and our discoveries in lung cancer can affect the treatment of many types of cancer.

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 12, 2019

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine: Helping Patients Get Back Their Independence

Patients often tell me how a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of their lives. It not only is a tumultuous, uncertain medical experience. It also disrupts life at home, work, school, and in the community. Cancer and its treatments can impair physical function and can even result in disability. I’m a physician who specializes in cancer rehabilitation medicine. The goal of this area of medicine is to restore and improve physical function.

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.

Nov 06, 2019

Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Family Recognized by Nations Cancer Centers

Leaders of cancer centers across the U.S. came together this week to recognize the contributions of the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman family, their exceptional leadership in advancing cancer research and care and in inspiring others to do the same.

Nov 06, 2019

Talks with Docs: Regina Rosenthal, MD

Regina Rosenthal, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon practicing breast surgery at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. She has more than twenty years of experience in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and is an advocate for the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer, which helps tailor treatment plans to the goals and needs of individuals.

Nov 04, 2019

Patient Satisfaction Scores

At HCI, patient satisfaction surveys help us better understand the needs and experiences of our patients so we can constantly improve our service.

Nov 04, 2019

Lawrence Marsco Named HCI Senior Director of Nursing

Lawrence Marsco, MSN, RN, OCN, has accepted the position of senior director of nursing at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Cancer Hospital, effective November 1, 2019. 

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 31, 2019

Complex Cellular Machine Visualized to Yield New Insights in Cancer

Cellular machines that control chromosome structure, such as the RSC complex, are mutated in about one-fifth of all human cancers. Now, for the first time, scientists have developed a high-resolution visual map of this multi-protein machine, elucidating how the RSC complex works and what role it has in healthy and cancer cells.

Oct 23, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Awarded $2.5 Million to Engage Underrepresented Utah Students and Their Teachers in Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Cancer Institute’s Youth Enjoy Science Research Education Program to engage Utah high school students and their teachers in cancer research. The program will engage racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged students, and rural and frontier residents from across Utah in order to increase diversity in biomedical research. The grant, to be funded over five consecutive years, will enable HCI to train 60 students and 20 science teachers through hands-on research experiences.

Oct 17, 2019

Cancer and the Flu Shot

October brings cold weather, colorful leaves, and the start of flu season. If you have cancer, getting the flu may lead to more serious health problems. Read this Q&A to learn more about the flu, the flu shot, and other ways to prevent sickness.

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 03, 2019

Honoring a Lifetime of Support

When Jon and Karen Huntsman made the first $10 million gift to establish a cancer institute at the University of Utah in 1995, the gift did not mark the beginning of their philanthropic efforts. Long before, they were committing resources—sometimes beyond their means—to support those who needed an extra lift. Through all of those years, Karen stood by Jon’s side with unwavering support. She was the unsung hero as he decided to make the eradication of cancer his life’s philanthropic work.

Sep 30, 2019

International Lifetime Achievement Award in Leukemia Research Awarded to Michael Deininger, MD, PhD

The International Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Foundation (iCMLf) has awarded the prestigious Rowley Prize to Michael Deininger, MD, PhD. Deininger’s selection as the 2019 awardee was announced in February. Formal presentation of the prize occurred at an international scientific conference in Bordeaux, France, earlier this month.

Sep 25, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Names Scott Pingree as Chief Strategy Officer

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has announced the appointment of Scott Pingree, MBA, MPA, to serve as the organization’s chief strategy officer.

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 23, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Donna Branson Receives Service Award

The Cancer Patient Education Network has recognized Donna Branson with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Branson is director of Patient and Public Education at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Sep 17, 2019

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Blood Cancer Awareness month. A diagnosis of blood cancer occurs roughly every 3 minutes in the United States. This type of cancer affects millions of families and individuals.

Sep 14, 2019

HCI’s Cancer Learning Center Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, on September 13, 1999, the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute opened. Since then, the Cancer Learning Center has answered nearly a quarter-million cancer-related questions from its clients—patients, caregivers, and the general public.

Sep 13, 2019

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

YWCA Utah presented Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Health and Medicine. Kepka is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator, assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and adjunct assistant professor at the U of U Department of Population Health Sciences. Kepka studies effective strategies for vaccination uptake against human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers

Sep 12, 2019

Choosing the Best Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

​Choosing the right treatment after being diagnosed with prostate cancer can seem overwhelming. Here are some things to consider as you work with your doctor to choose the best option.

Sep 10, 2019

Making the Work Commute Work for Her

Between road construction, traffic jams, and struggling to find parking, driving to work at the University of Utah can be a major source of stress. Cassidy Doucette turned this negative into a positive by choosing an active form of transportation. She says working as an oncology nurse can be hard emotionally and physically, and her morning bike ride prepares her for the long shifts at the hospital.

Sep 05, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Breaks Ground on 205,000-Square-Foot Expansion of Cancer Hospital

Today patients, donors, dignitaries, and staff of Huntsman Cancer Institute celebrated the groundbreaking of the next major expansion on the cancer campus. The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at HCI will contain eight stories, with a floor dedicated to women’s cancers; a new endoscopy center; increased services for blood and marrow transplant patients; an expansion of the HCI Wellness and Integrative Health Center; and 48 new inpatient hospital rooms

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.

Aug 30, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Staff Nominated for 2019 Staff Excellence Awards

Every year the University of Utah provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to nominate their co-workers for District Staff Excellence Awards and University Staff Excellence Awards. The awards recognize staff for superior service and ongoing contributions. Five Huntsman Cancer Institute staff members were nominated this year:

Aug 23, 2019

Celebrating the First Year of Huntsman at Home

A year ago this month, Huntsman Cancer Institute opened an innovative new service: Huntsman at Home. Huntsman at Home seeks to deliver HCI-quality care to patients in their own homes. The goal is to help patients leave the hospital earlier or avoid inpatient and emergency department visits altogether.

Aug 22, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years of Hispanic Patient Navigation

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the Hispanic Patient Navigator program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Patient navigators serve as a bridge between patients and their care teams. Navigators make sure patients, caregivers, and doctors understand each other and get needed services.

Aug 21, 2019

What You Need to Know about the FDA Breast Implant Recall

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall on breast implants manufactured by Allergan. We asked Jay Agarwal, MD, chief of plastic surgery at the University of Utah and breast reconstruction surgeon at Huntsman Cancer Institute, about what patients should know about the recall.

Aug 19, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Introduces Cancer Screening and Education Bus to the Community

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah unveiled the Cancer Screening and Education bus. This new, state-of-the-art mobile outreach clinic brings HCI’s clinical and educational expertise and the latest screening technology to residents across Utah, including those who live in distant geographic areas and rural communities. The mobile outreach vehicle is a collaboration between HCI and University of Utah Health (U of U Health) and will offer health education and screening services for breast cancer and skin cancer.

Aug 15, 2019

Discovery of How Cells Override Genetic Changes Could Lead to New Approaches in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. It is difficult to diagnose, is often not found until it has spread to other parts of the body, and is mostly untreatable. A discovery by scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah could lead researchers to a more effective way to treat pancreatic cancer.

Aug 14, 2019

Physical Activity During Cancer Treatment

Staying active during cancer treatment can be difficult. Side effects, appointments, and stress can make it hard to keep moving. But physical activity during cancer treatment can help you feel better and improve your quality of life.

Aug 07, 2019

Music Therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Did you know that HCI’s Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center offers music therapy for our patients and their caregivers, both in and out of the hospital? We have three credentialed music therapists who work in groups or private sessions.

Aug 01, 2019

BRIGHT Study Finds Genetic Testing Motivates Behavior Changes in Families at Risk for Melanoma

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. Utah has a particularly high melanoma rate. A new study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute collaborators at Northwestern University and Oregon Health and Science University investigated whether genetic testing would motivate people at risk of developing melanoma to alter their behavior in order to reduce their risk.

Jul 26, 2019

2019 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

Huntsman Cancer Institute is celebrating its 20th year since it opened its first building, and has never been in better shape, according to CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD. Beckerle recently delivered her annual State of HCI address to faculty, physicians, staff, and students.

Jul 18, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Develop Potential New Treatment for MYC-driven Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Utah and the United States. Often, symptoms do not appear until the disease is advanced. Therefore, research studies toward better practices to prevent, find, and treat lung cancer are paramount. Research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute yielded new insights into understanding potential new treatment options for MYC-driven tumors, a distinct subtype of small cell lung cancer.

Jul 16, 2019

Talks with Docs: Yelena Wu, PhD

Dr. Wu is a pediatric and clinical child psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology, and a Full Member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The overall goal of her research is to improve children’s health outcomes by promoting self-management and disease management. In particular, Dr. Wu is interested in improving adherence to medical recommendations among adolescents and young adults with cancer and children who are at elevated risk for melanoma.

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 10, 2019

Running for Research

Because cancer effects almost everyone, whether they have it, had it, or know someone who does, many want to contribute to the fight but may not know how to. Huntsman Cancer Foundation provides a way to help for those who aren’t doctors, researchers, or don’t have lots of money through their Huntsman Heroes program.

Jul 09, 2019

Possible ‘Achilles Heel’ Discovered in Developing Better Drug Treatment in Cancers with Overactive Smoothened Protein

One of the most significant obstacles cancer patients face is resistance to drug treatment. Aggressive tumors often become adept at resisting the powerful drugs used to combat them. Therapeutic agents that were effective at one point may become ineffective as a patient’s tumor evolves and learns to fight the drug. A recent discovery could lead to a better understanding of how cancer patients develop drug resistance.

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.

Jul 05, 2019

Talks with Docs : Jason Hunt, MD, FACS

Dr. Hunt completed his sub-specialty training Head and Neck Oncology and microvascular reconstruction at Vanderbilt University after otolaryngology training at Louisiana State University -New Orleans. He has been at the University of Utah since 2006 and primarily sees patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute where he serves as the clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology.

Jul 03, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Discover Melanoma Can Spread without Tumor Growth

Utah has the highest rate of melanoma in the United States. Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that spreads quickly. Allie Grossmann, MD, PhD, focuses on identifying better ways to treat this lethal cancer. In a study recently published by the journal Cancer Research, Grossmann details one of the factors behind how and why melanoma metastasizes so quickly.

Jul 01, 2019

Sigma Chi Fraternity Pledges $20 Million Dedicated to Women's Cancer Research

Last week, Sigma Chi International Fraternity announced a new $20-million pledge to Huntsman Cancer Foundation, dedicated to and used for women’s cancer research, treatment and wellness at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Jun 25, 2019

Men: Take Action for Your Health

Did you know men are less likely than women to see a primary care physician? Men are also more prone to certain types of cancer. For Men’s Health Month in June, we’re highlighting some actions men can take to protect their health.

Jun 19, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Discovery Leads to New Clinical Trial for Myelofibrosis Patients

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah discovered in laboratory studies that an experimental drug called selinexor may block a crucial survival pathway exploited by myelofibrosis cells.

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.

Jun 12, 2019

Determining Risk of Recurrence in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

A personalized prognosis for patients diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer was the goal of a new study by Katherine Varley, PhD, researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and assistant professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah.

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.

May 31, 2019

International Clinical Trial of New Drug for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer Yields Strong Results

Today the New England Journal of Medicine published the first results of a phase III international clinical study called TITAN, which evaluated the effectiveness and safety of a new drug, apalutamide, to treat advanced prostate cancers.

May 31, 2019

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride at Huntsman Cancer Institute

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month in June, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will illuminate the Beacon of Hope in rainbow colors this weekend, highlight LGBTQ+ staff and caregivers on social media, and participate in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, June 2.

May 30, 2019

Looking Ahead to New Discoveries during Cancer Research Month

Scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute work hard every day to understand cancer from its beginnings and to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments. To recognize National Cancer Research Month, we asked the leaders of our research programs what projects and goals they are focused on this year.

May 29, 2019

Art Meets Science

Bryan Welm, PhD, has found a unique way to merge his love for science and art.

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 24, 2019

Do Women With Breast Implants Have a Higher Risk of Cancer?

300,000 breast implant surgeries are performed each year in the United States. Though not a form of cancer in the traditional sense, ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma) has been associated with a specific type of breast implant. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones talks to Dr. Jay Agarwal, chief of plastic surgery at Huntsman Cancer Insitute, about which type of breast implant is most likely to be presented with the signs and symptoms of ALCL.

May 23, 2019

Be the Active Center of Your Care Team

Diane Fouts is an employee and a patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She shares a few tips on how to be an active member of your cancer care team.

May 15, 2019

The Connection between HPV Infection and Head and Neck Cancer

For years, the typical patient with cancer of the mouth and throat (oropharyngeal cancer) fit a “Marlboro Man” stereotype—a rugged, outdoorsy man who was a lifelong smoker with a history of alcohol use. But that is no longer true. Today, patients are younger. They often don’t use tobacco or alcohol—common risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer. Instead, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is now responsible for more than 70% of cases.

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 13, 2019

Learn to Put Your Health First during National Women’s Health Week

Many individuals put their own health aside as they care for others and try to keep up with their busy lives. National Women’s Health Week serves as a reminder for women—and everyone—to make their health a priority.

May 13, 2019

New Insights into Treatment Targets for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancers

In the largest study of its kind, more than half of patients with advanced prostate cancers appear to be strong candidates for targeted cancer therapies

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.

May 03, 2019

Talks with Docs: Brad Cairns, PhD

Brad Cairns, PhD, is not only a scientist—he also loves mountain biking and jazz music. Learn more about his many passions, including his work at Huntsman Cancer Institute, in this episode of Talks with Docs.

Apr 28, 2019

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.

Apr 24, 2019

How Our Researchers and Physicians Work to End Health Disparities

To recognize National Minority Health Month, we spoke to two of our staff about their on-the-ground work to address health disparities, and why they value diversity in cancer research and care.

Apr 23, 2019

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Poor air quality days significantly increase the risk of hospitalizations for respiratory issues in young survivors of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Apr 19, 2019

Five Things to Know About Esophageal Cancer

Did you know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month? Here are a few things to know about esophageal cancer.

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 17, 2019

Testicular Cancer and Fertility

When a man is diagnosed with testicular cancer, providers work quickly to begin treatment. In this fast process, one big concern can move down the list of priorities: fertility.

Apr 10, 2019

Advance Directives: Sharing Your Wishes When You Can't Speak For Yourself

An advance directive is a way to tell your loved ones and doctors your wishes if something happens and you can’t speak for yourself. Everyone should have an advance directive.

Apr 09, 2019

Bringing Puppy Love to HCI

I volunteer at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) with my dog, Luna. As a survivor, I feel honored to spend time with the staff, visitors, and patients at HCI. Cancer is a horrible condition that does not care who it affects. The work Luna and I do can help ease a patient’s burden.

Apr 08, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces Interim Clinical Leaders

Two physicians at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) are stepping into interim clinical leadership roles.

Apr 08, 2019

Cancer Registrars: Capturing the Picture of Cancer

Do you ever wonder how cancer statistics are collected? How doctors determine what cancer treatments are the most effective? Or how public health officials learn where clusters of cancer diagnoses are located? The work that we do as cancer registrars provides answers to these questions.

Apr 04, 2019

Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

The first week of April is National Public Health Week, which celebrates a growing movement to create the healthiest nation we can. The public health system prevents diseases, including cancer. Public health officials look for patterns to understand why cancer and other diseases happen, teach people about healthy decisions, and create policies that make sure we live in healthy, safe communities.

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.

Apr 01, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Contributes to Colorectal Cancer Research Studies

Huntsman Cancer Institute contributed to two research studies involving how microbes living in and on our body play a role in the development of colorectal cancer.

Mar 28, 2019

Letter of Hope from the Ulrich Group

We can only imagine how hard it must be for patients, along with their caregivers and loved ones, to hear they have cancer. Our shared purpose is to make it so no one has to experience these difficult emotions in the future by researching how to prevent cancer before it happens.

Mar 22, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Appointed to National Scientific Leadership Roles

Huntsman Cancer Institute's CEO, Mary Beckerle, PhD, and Senior Director of Pre-Clinical Translation, Martin McMahon, PhD, have been appointed to prominent national advisory boards within the National Institutes of Health to provide expert advice on national cancer research initiatives.

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 15, 2019

Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

Cancer is more than just a physical disease. Social workers help support people as they deal with the emotional toll that cancer can cause.

Mar 14, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute applauds the Utah State Legislature for raising the age of sale for tobacco products to 21

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah applauds the bold actions taken by the Utah State Legislature this week in addressing tobacco-related health issues. The state’s approval of a policy that incrementally increases the age from 19 to 21 for the sale and use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and vaping devices—a policy called Tobacco 21—is a step that will ensure Utah remains a national leader in health by reducing tobacco-related illnesses and protecting youth from nicotine addiction.

Mar 13, 2019

How Barbershops Will Play a Role in Reducing Colorectal Cancer Disparities among African-American Men

African-American men are more likely to die from colon cancer than any other racial group. That fact led a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) to begin a long-term project to understand why.

Mar 12, 2019

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Matthew Poppe, MD

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars, an initiative that recognizes excellence in the discipline of translational science. Translational researchers extend basic discoveries made in the laboratory and apply them to solve clinical problems and benefit patients through new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

Mar 07, 2019

Why Is Pancreatic Cancer So Deadly?

Compared to other cancers, pancreatic cancer is relatively rare. But it is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Only about 8.5% of patients with pancreatic cancer are alive five years after their diagnosis. This one of the lowest survival rates for any kind of cancer. What makes pancreatic cancer so deadly?

Mar 05, 2019

Setting Up Nurses for Success

Oncology nurses face a unique set of challenges, such as managing treatment complications, symptoms, and end-of-life care. To help new-graduate nurses HCI offers a nurse residency program to give them the tools they need to be successful.

Mar 04, 2019

Promising New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Moves Forward

A study published today in the journal Nature Medicine led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) describes a new therapeutic approach with potential for patients with pancreatic cancer. These researchers discovered a combination drug therapy that may effectively combat the disease. HCI researchers first observed anti-cancer impacts in a laboratory setting and, subsequently, in its first use in a human patient.

Mar 01, 2019

Exercise for Improved Outcomes

The Precision Exercise Prescription study is a unique collaboration between medical doctors, researchers, physical therapists, and patients. The study looks at how an exercise program tailored for each patient can improve long-term outcomes after lung cancer surgery.

Mar 01, 2019

Joining Forces to Eradicate HPV-Related Cancers

HPV vaccination rates still lag far behind other recommended vaccines, and Utah has one of the lowest rates in the nation. Only about 34 percent of Utah adolescents have completed the vaccine series, compared to the national average of 50 percent. Huntsman Cancer Institute is joining forces with experts across the country to change those statistics.

Mar 01, 2019

Together We Advance Research

Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, executive director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at HCI, explains how HCI's community of highly motivated and dedicated researchers, staff, and trainees is focused on one thing: eradicating suffering caused by cancer.

Mar 01, 2019

Together We Care Compassionately

Approximately 500 patients visit the outpatient clinics and infusion center at Huntsman Cancer Institute each day. Our patients rely on our clinical teams and staff to provide safe, efficient, and high quality care during each clinic visit. In this letter from Don Milligan, director of outpatient services, highlights recent efforts to provide the best care possible.

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.

Mar 01, 2019

Pancreas Discovery Moves from Lab to Clinic

In less than three years, HCI researchers have taken an idea from concept to lab to clinical evaluation. Conan Kinsey, MD, PhD, and Martin McMahon, PhD, combined two drugs that had not been used in combination before to treat pancreatic tumors. The results were promising and they were able to move from the lab to clinical trial quickly. A clinical trial to test the safety and effect of this drug combination in pancreatic cancer is now underway at HCI and planned at other sites around the United States.

Mar 01, 2019

Committing to a Tobacco-Free Future

To combat tobacco-related cancer deaths, Huntsman Cancer Institute takes a multifaceted approach: advocating for comprehensive tobacco control policies; informing communities about tobacco risk; and providing tobacco cessation services. On July 1, 2018, the University of Utah was officially designated a tobacco-free campus. The designation supports clean air initiatives, reduces costs associated with health care, and creates a healthier environment for tens of thousands of students, employees, patients, and visitors.

Mar 01, 2019

Breaking Ground for Proton Therapy

When construction is complete in 2020, 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.

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

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.

Mar 01, 2019

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

People with a family history of cancer have a higher risk of getting cancer. Whitney Espinel, a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute, explains the role of genetic counseling in cancer care. Genetic testing looks for mutations and helps patients know if genes play a role in their personal or family health history.

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

Working Together To Engage Every Community

In summer 2018, Huntsman Cancer Institute established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to increase community outreach and engagement and address health disparities through collaboration. The 38 CAB members represent government organizations, safety-net health care and health systems, comprehensive cancer programs, community organizations focused on the underserved, business and religious leaders, elected officials, and cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors.

Mar 01, 2019

Meet Our Trainees

Faculty at Huntsman Cancer Institute cultivate the scientists who will carry our lifesaving work into the future. It’s part of our mission. We offer trainee programs for researchers, public health professionals, and care providers such as physicians and advanced practice clinicians. These are some of the more than 425 students training at HCI.

Mar 01, 2019

Clinical Trials: A Look at Recent Progress

Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of new cancer drugs and treatments. They help us find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. At any given time, Huntsman Cancer Institute has an average of 200 clinical trials open to cancer patients.

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

Helping Patients Feel at Home

Huntsman Cancer Institute launched a new service in the summer of 2018 called Huntsman at Home, which brings HCI-quality care into the homes of patients. The Huntsman at Home team assesses and treats issues caused by cancer or its treatments so patients can leave the hospital sooner or avoid going in at all.

Feb 26, 2019

Providing a Compassionate Workplace for Employees

Burnout and compassion fatigue are normal reactions to the abnormally stressful job of caring for patients. To support Huntsman Cancer Institute hospital and clinic staff, we created the Compassionate Workplace program, which promotes resiliency and well-being.

Feb 25, 2019

First Robotic Surgery for Liver Cancer in the Mountain West

Huntsman Cancer Institute recently completed the first robotic surgery used to treat a patient with primary liver cancer in the Mountain West. We're proud to be at the forefront of the most recent advances in cancer care alongside University of Utah Health.

Feb 22, 2019

How to Pick the Best Sunscreen

Utah is a beautiful state with so many fun outdoor activities. But we are more at risk for skin cancer because of our outdoor lifestyle. Sunscreen is essential to your skin protection strategy but with so many options, how do you pick the right one?

Feb 13, 2019

I’m Worried I Have Cancer. What Do I Do?

When you notice something with your body has changed, like a new mole or a lump, you may be worried that it’s cancer. What do you do next?

Feb 11, 2019

Talks with Docs: Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD

Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD, tells us about his home and his medical training in Spain, as well as his vision for the future of pancreatic cancer.

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.

Feb 08, 2019

Last Year’s Biggest Advances in Cancer Research

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently published Clinical Cancer Advances, their 2019 annual report on the progress against cancer. The report examines the most transformative research of the past year and looks ahead to future research priorities. Two physician-scientists from Huntsman Cancer Institute contributed to the report.

Feb 04, 2019

New Study Shows Cost Effectiveness of Early Cancer Surveillance for Patients Who Have a High Risk of Developing Cancer

New research published today in the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer shows how early cancer screening and surveillance in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) results in additional years of life, and is cost effective for third-party payers.

Feb 02, 2019

The Dividend of a Life Well-Lived: Peter Huntsman Reflects on the Legacy of His Dad, Jon Huntsman

I am grateful for my father’s vision, but mostly for having a friend and father who I love. And herein lies the “what” that drives us today, the value of love, life, and human relationship. At the end of the day, this is what we are in business to do; to comfort, to cure, and to create that most precious gift, life, and all the heartaches, laughter, and love that comes with it.

Feb 01, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Renovated ‘Beacon of Hope’ Will Light in Remembrance of Founder, Jon M. Huntsman

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. was a visionary philanthropist who made it his personal mission to eradicate cancer from the face of the Earth. He often described his devastation after the loss of several family members and close friends to the disease. In the 1990s, he received his first of four cancer diagnoses. His personal experiences with cancer ignited a determination to make a difference. After he completed treatments, Huntsman and his family vowed to use their considerable means to transform the experience for cancer patients and to advance research. Vision began its course to reality with the founding a cancer center that would bear the Huntsman family name.

Jan 31, 2019

Taking Action Against Radon

January is National Radon Action Month. We spoke with a radon expert and a health educator who installed a radon mitigation system at her house to inspire you to take action and test your house for radon.

Jan 30, 2019

Do-It-Yourself Fundraising

To make the most of your fundraising efforts for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute, use our mobile-friendly, customizable do-it-yourself (DIY) platform that ensures 100% of every dollar you fundraise goes directly to supporting research at HCI!

Jan 23, 2019

Talks with Docs: Neli Ulrich, MS, PhD

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD, is the newly appointed director of Huntsman Cancer's Institute's NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She oversees nearly 200 cancer research teams and leads efforts to advance HCI’s research in laboratory, clinical, and population science. Get to know Dr. Ulrich in this interview, where she speaks to us about the beginning of her career in Germany and how she relaxes after a day of juggling her many professional roles.

Jan 18, 2019

The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center

The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center is one of the many valuable resources available at Huntsman Cancer Institute. They offer cancer-related education on a large variety of topics. Our highly trained educators are here to assist patients, caregivers and health care professionals with questions or concerns about cancer, family history, screenings, prevention and much more.

Jan 11, 2019

Be Sun Safe…Even When It’s Snowing

Did you know you need to practice sun safety year-round? You may think about sun safety only during the summer, when temperatures are high. But temperature doesn’t affect the strength of the sun. Radiation from the sun is what causes skin damage. Rays from the sun can damage your skin any time of year.

Jan 11, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Next Expansion for Cancer Patients Nearly Doubles in Size Thanks to a $30 Million Gift from the Huntsman Foundation

Peter Huntsman, CEO of the Huntsman Foundation and chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), announced today a transformational $30 million gift from the family’s foundation. This donation allows Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) to better plan for and address the future needs of cancer patients in the Mountain West. The gift is in addition to the $40 million already raised by HCF to support the construction of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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.

Jan 09, 2019

Little Red Riding Heroes

For the past 30 years, women have banded together in beautiful Cache Valley to participate in Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH), a non-competitive ride celebrating the strength of women. LRRH has become a widely loved and acclaimed event due to its celebratory atmosphere, annual themes, great food, over-the-top decorations, and commitment to supporting women through charitable giving to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).

Jan 09, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Helps Develop BRCA Exchange to Inform Understanding of Cancer Risk by Aggregating Data on Thousands of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) contributed to the development of a global resource that includes data on thousands of inherited variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. This resource, called the BRCA Exchange, is now available to the public. The BRCA Exchange was created through the BRCA Challenge, a long-term demonstration project initiated by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to enhance sharing of BRCA1/BRCA2 data. The new resource will allow clinicians to review expert classifications of variants in these major cancer predisposition genes as part of their individual assessment of cancer prevention, screenings, and interventions for patients at higher risk for breast, ovarian, and certain other cancers.

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.

Dec 27, 2018

We Are With You

It will take all of us to achieve HCI’s mission. We are beyond grateful for the more than 1 million donors, fundraisers, Huntsman Heroes, and supporters who are committed to helping us eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. Our community stands with Huntsman Cancer Institute. Will you join us?

Dec 20, 2018

Four Tips for Holiday Eating

The holiday season is full of comfort foods that give you that warm, cozy feeling. You can enjoy eating this time of year without depriving yourself or eating only boring foods. Here are a few tips to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without overdoing it.

Dec 19, 2018

The Long Walk to Our Labyrinth

Diane Fouts, an HCI patient and employee, reads a poem entitled "How To Walk This Path" at the Labyrinth dedication.

Dec 17, 2018

Learn to Focus on the Present with Mindfulness Classes and Activities

Having cancer is hard on a person. So is taking care of someone who has it. Even after successful treatment, cancer and its treatments have side effects that can lower your quality of life. The good news is scientific evidence shows that mindfulness practices can help relieve these side effects. Mindfulness helps you keep your thoughts focused on the present. Breathing and movement techniques help you stay in the moment and relax. Huntsman Cancer Institute offers mindfulness classes and activities for patients and caregivers.

Dec 13, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Innovative Service Providing Cancer Care at Home

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has launched a unique new service called Huntsman at Home. This service brings HCI-quality care into the homes of HCI patients, whose medical needs range from symptom management to physical therapy after cancer surgery to end-of-life care. Huntsman at Home may also allow patients to be discharged from the HCI cancer hospital sooner by enabling them to receive follow-up care in their own home.

Dec 10, 2018

Researchers Develop Personalized Medicine Tool for Inherited Colorectal Cancer Syndrome Risk

An international team of researchers led by Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has developed, calibrated, and validated a novel tool for identifying the genetic changes in Lynch syndrome genes that are likely to be responsible for causing symptoms of the disease. The results were published in the journal Genetics in Medicine.

Dec 05, 2018

Help Us Raise $1 Million in Pursuit of Hope

Susan Sheehan, president of Huntsman Cancer Foundation, remembers a time when simple words of hope helped a family hold on during a difficult time. During this season of hope, an anonymous donor is matching gifts up to $500,000, creating the opportunity for $1 million in new funds to support cancer research and cancer care. As you enjoy the magic of this season, help us make magic for the patients and families who walk through the doors of Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Nov 29, 2018

These Five Determined Women Are Helping Change the Outcome from Hope to Cure

In 2018, the women of the Tee It Up Foundation donated $142,000 to cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Learn about their passion for cancer research.

Nov 29, 2018

Protect Your Lungs to Prevent Lung Cancer

Most people know that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. There are other risk factors for lung cancer as well. Any time a small particle of dust, pollution, chemicals, or smoke enters the lungs, it has the potential to damage the lungs.

Nov 27, 2018

Beauty in the Building

When developing plans for Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jon M. and Karen Huntsman envisioned an inspirational environment and believed art was an important part of that vision. Patients, families, staff, and care providers enjoy hundreds of works of art throughout the buildings.

Nov 20, 2018

The Pancreatic Cancer Collective awards $7 million in first-round “New Therapies Challenge” Grants

The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, the strategic partnership of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), has awarded a total of $7 million in first-round “New Therapies Challenge” grants to seven teams of top cancer researchers to explore new pancreatic cancer treatments, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Scientific Partner of SU2C, announced today. Each team will receive up to $1 million in initial funding, with $4 million per team for clinical studies awaiting the most successful projects in the second round.

Nov 20, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Breaks Ground for Utah’s First Proton Therapy Center

Officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah began construction on a project that will house the region’s first proton therapy center and announced the new center will be named in honor of United States Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Cancer patients and loved ones joined leaders from HCI, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, and the university to mark the occasion.

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.

Nov 15, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces New Phase I Clinical Trial Director

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has appointed Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD, as director of its Phase I Clinical Trials unit. In this position, Garrido-Laguna will oversee all aspects of HCI’s Phase I clinical trials.

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.

Nov 08, 2018

Learn Your Family's Health History this Holiday

Knowing your family’s cancer history may help prevent you and other family members from getting cancer. Genetic counselors are trained professionals who can help review your medical and family history. They can talk with you about personalized cancer screening and prevention options and whether your family may need genetic testing.

Nov 07, 2018

Let’s Talk About Your DNA

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah was recently awarded a prestigious team science grant through the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to study genetic counseling, genetic communication and genetic services to patients. The grant is expected to provide more than $5 million in research project support over the next five years.

Nov 01, 2018

Lung Cancer Research Foundation Awards $1.95 Million in Research Grants

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) announced the awardees of its 2018 Scientific Grant Program today during the Thirteenth Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon, held at The Pierre in New York City. Through this program, LCRF awarded $1.95 million in research grants to 13 investigators for innovative research focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer. LCRF received a record-breaking 201 grant applications, representing 116 institutions and 21 countries in 2018.

Oct 31, 2018

Prevent Hepatitis B and C to Prevent Liver Cancer

Infection from the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus can cause damage to the liver, which can lead to liver cancer. Learn how to protect yourself from getting infected with these viruses.

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.

Oct 24, 2018

Utah Cancer Registry Receives Renewal from National Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah will receive up to $28 million over the next 10 years from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the NCI’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program.

Oct 22, 2018

Upcoming Events to Learn Mindfulness and Reduce Stress

Dealing with cancer can be stressful for patients and their families. At Huntsman Cancer Institute, trained facilitators teach simple, proven techniques to ease anxiety and stress in only a few minutes. These upcoming classes and events are open to patients and caregivers to recenter and de-stress.

Oct 19, 2018

Letter of Hope from the Zangle Lab

Just a little way down the hill from Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Zangle Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering is working on new technologies to choose the most effective therapies for each individual patient with breast cancer. We are excited about a project that takes a new approach to measure the growth of cancer cells and predict which drugs may be most beneficial to patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer.

Oct 18, 2018

Breaking The Link Between Obesity and Gastrointestinal Cancers

By unraveling the link between obesity and gastrointestinal cancers, researchers hope to develop effective treatments and strategies for lowering cancer risk. A team of scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute published a wide review of findings on the biological links between obesity and gastrointestinal cancers. They also examined studies on how diet, exercise, and other weight-related interventions may help reverse this connection.

Oct 18, 2018

Shedding Light on the Complex World of Prostate Cancer Treatment at the 2018 Cancer Summit

Many men feel overwhelmed by options when deciding how to treat their prostate cancer. To educate community members on this complex topic, Huntsman Cancer Institute joined our affiliate hospital St. John's Medical Center at the 2018 Cancer Summit to discuss advances in prostate cancer diagnosis and care.

Oct 17, 2018

Study Reveals Reasons Why African American Men Are Underrepresented in Prostate Cancer Research

African American men experience significant health disparities. They are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as white men, yet they are underrepresented in prostate cancer research. A new study by Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES®, uncovers attitudes toward prostate cancer research among African American men and suggests strategies to increase participation in research. The study is included in a new collection of research on health disparities impacting African American men.

Oct 16, 2018

A Bad Influence: The Interplay between Tumor Cells and Immune Cells

Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah yielded new insights into the environment surrounding different types of lung tumors, and described how these complex cell ecosystems may in turn ultimately affect response to treatment. The results were published today in Immunity and featured on the print cover of the journal.

Oct 16, 2018

National Health Education Week: What Do Health Educators Do?

Health information can be hard to understand, especially when it’s about a complicated disease like cancer. The sheer number of news stories, websites, articles, and other sources of info can be overwhelming. How do you know what it all means and which sources to trust? Enter health educators. These trained professionals provide accurate, trusted health information in an easy-to-understand way.

Oct 15, 2018

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Women who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin had a 23% lower risk of ovarian cancer when compared with women who did not regularly take aspirin, according to research led by Mollie Barnard, ScD, a postdoctoral fellow at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Oct 12, 2018

Letter of Hope from the Alana Welm Lab

Dear patients, please know this as you go through your treatment journey: the dedicated technical staff, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows in Dr. Alana Welm's lab continue to work hard every day (and night!) to bring new hope to breast cancer through innovative research, always with patients in mind.

Oct 11, 2018

Study Holds Promise for New Pediatric Brain Tumor Treatment

New research published in Nature Communications from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, in collaboration with the Stanford University School of Medicine, shows a specific protein regulates both the initiation of cancer spreading and the self-renewal of cancer cells in medulloblastoma, a type of pediatric brain cancer.

Oct 04, 2018

Talks with Docs: Cindy Matsen, MD

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Cindy Matsen helps provide patients with surgical options as they undergo treatment for their breast cancer. In this interview, we learn about the relationships she builds with her female patients and what they teach her every day.

Oct 02, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute and Grand Valley Oncology Begin Telemedicine Clinic for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, in partnership with Grand Valley Oncology, recently opened a telemedicine clinic to serve blood and marrow transplant patients in Mesa County, Colorado and the surrounding areas. This service will bring cutting-edge care to remote communities without requiring the patient to travel long distances to Salt Lake City for follow-up appointments.

Sep 28, 2018

A Better Day Starts with One Small Thing

What if doing one small thing could improve your day? One thing that millions of Americans skip? Eating breakfast energizes you after a long night with no fuel. Breakfast keeps you focused, makes you more attentive, and helps you thrive throughout the day.

Sep 27, 2018

6 FAQs about Bone Marrow Transplants

Bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment option for some patients with blood cancers and other diseases. But when you're considering this complex treatment, you may feel overwhelmed with questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about bone marrow transplant.

Sep 25, 2018

Managing Pain During Cancer

Pain is one of the most common and complex symptoms experienced by cancer patients. It can affect a person’s physical, emotional, psychological, and social health. Huntsman Cancer Institute has a team of experts specially trained in treating cancer-related pain and its many side effects.

Sep 20, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Foundation Announces Major Gifts to Support Hospital Expansion Plans

Huntsman Cancer Foundation announces that several individuals and business organizations have committed a total of $40 million to support a proposed major building expansion of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Sep 19, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD

Huntsman Cancer Institute established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist who treats patients with pancreatic cancer.

Sep 18, 2018

Talks with Docs: Deborah Stephens, DO

Dr. Deborah Stephens cares for patients with lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia and researches these diseases. In this episode of Talks with Docs, she shares the importance of caring for the whole patient and how becoming a parent has changed her.

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?

Sep 07, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, Honored by YWCA Utah

YWCA Utah has selected Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute, to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Medicine and Health. Beckerle will be honored today at the 30th annual YWCA Utah LeaderLuncheon.

Aug 31, 2018

Our 2018 Community Open House

Every year, we open our doors to share our mission and educate our community about cancer prevention and research.

Aug 30, 2018

Myths and Facts about Sun Safety

Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, no matter your skin color or type. Know the myths and facts about sun safety and protect your skin from the sun at every age.

Aug 14, 2018

U.S. News and World Report Ranks HCI among Top Cancer Hospitals

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has been recognized as one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S News and World Report for the third consecutive year.

Aug 10, 2018

Nurturing Future Cancer Researchers in the PathMaker Program

The PathMaker program is a stepping stone for students interested in a career in health sciences or STEM with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Aug 09, 2018

You Have To See Huntsman Cancer Institute Made from 47,000 LEGOs®

Beat the end-of-summer blues by taking one last family field trip to the Leonardo Museum. In the City Blocks exhibit, you can see Huntsman Cancer Institute and other iconic buildings in Salt Lake City made entirely out of LEGO® bricks.

Aug 07, 2018

Research Identifies New Treatment Targets in Breast Cancer

Scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, in collaboration with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, have generated the first single cell resolution atlas of genes that control the formation of breast tissue. The atlas provides a comprehensive molecular map that will be used to help researchers understand how breast cancers form and to pinpoint new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease.

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.

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 20, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Named Among Most Beautiful Hospitals in the US

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been named among a list of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the US.

Jul 18, 2018

Beckerle Provides 2018 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

The state of Huntsman Cancer Institute is strong and focused, according to CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD. The annual presentation to faculty, staff, and students is a chance for Dr. Beckerle to reflect on accomplishments of the prior year and outline priorities for the future.

Jul 18, 2018

Sigma Chi Fraternity Dedicates Friendship Garden at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Leaders from the Sigma Chi Fraternity, representing 37 chapters from across the nation, visited Huntsman Cancer Institute to dedicate the Sigma Chi Friendship Garden at the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center.

Jul 16, 2018

Ulman Cancer Fund Visits Huntsman Cancer Institute

A group of 22 runners from 4K for Cancer-Ulman Cancer Fund visited Huntsman Cancer Institute for a tour and service project on June 29, 2018. The team, consisting of runners from all across the United States, is running 4,000 miles from San Francisco to New York this summer to raise money and awareness for young adults impacted by cancer.

Jul 13, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Names Cornelia Ulrich as Director of its Cancer Research Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah today announced the appointment of Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, MS, as director of its National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She will oversee HCI’s academic consortium of nearly 200 cancer research teams. Ulrich will lead efforts to advance HCI’s research in laboratory, clinical and population science, with the goal of improving cancer prevention and treatment.

Jul 11, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researcher Receives Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute physician-scientist Ahmad Halwani, MD, has been selected by the National Cancer Institute to receive a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. This award recognizes physician-scientists for their contributions to clinical cancer research. It also provides financial support for ongoing research and leadership development to enable recipients to further advance their clinical research careers.

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.

Jul 03, 2018

Head and Neck Cancer Patients Benefit from Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care

For tumors of the head and neck, surgery is often the first line of treatment. Head and neck surgical oncologists at Huntsman Cancer Institute perform the most complex procedures in the region for benign and malignant tumors of the thyroid, oral cavity, upper digestive tract, salivary glands, and other parts of the head and neck. Because these areas involve speech and swallowing, comprehensive care from an expert multidisciplinary team is crucial in decreasing complications and achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.

Jun 29, 2018

Reaching the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah

The second cancer conference for the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah, Salud Para Mí, Es Salud Para Mi Familia 2018, took place Saturday, June 16, at Salt Lake Community College. The conference offers a space for the Hispanic/Latino community of Utah to receive screenings with local health care providers, get reliable health information, and learn about cancer screening and prevention.

Jun 21, 2018

5 Questions about Clinical Trials

Are you thinking about taking part in a clinical trial? Read these five frequently asked questions about clinical trials.

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.

Jun 11, 2018

Letter of Hope from the Gertz Lab

It is patients like you, your loved ones, and Dr. Gertz's parents who keep us motivated and excited to find ways to help in the fight against this terrible disease. We appreciate everything you do as patients—like donating samples and participating in clinical trials—and we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to help patients with breast and uterine cancer.

Jun 07, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers to Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV Related Cancers in the United States

Nearly 80 million Americans—one out of every four people—are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). And of those millions, more than 31,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the infections that cause these cancers, HPV vaccination remains low in the United States.

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.

May 30, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute and TGen receive $6.7 million grant to battle a hidden enemy

Often what kills cancer patients is not the cancer at its original or primary site, but its spread to secondary sites within the body, through a process called metastasis. In the case of breast cancer, the tumor often spreads to the bone, and it is this bone metastasis that results in intense pain and precedes spread to other organs.

May 29, 2018

How Do I Find Trustworthy Cancer Information Online?

Finding trustworthy resources can be tricky. Here are some tips to help when you are looking for accurate information and reliable resources online.

May 23, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Deborah Stephens, DO

HCI established the Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Deborah Stephens, DO, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award. She is the physician leader of Hematology Clinical Trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute and is also an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies at the University of Utah.

May 22, 2018

Talks with Docs: Alvin Kwok, MD, MPH

Alvin Kwok, MD, MPH, is a breast reconstruction surgeon who returned to Utah to join the Huntsman Cancer Institute team. He shares with us how breast reconstruction can help patients' outlook on their cancer journey. We also find out what delicious activities he's up to on his days off.

May 18, 2018

Space Could Be the New Frontier for Cancer Research

On May 16, 2018, HCI hosted a NASA astronaut and a team from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to discuss the opportunity of researching cancer in space.

May 10, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute First Adult Cancer Hospital in Mountain West to Offer CAR T Cell Therapy to Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute announced today that it has been certified to offer both chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The therapies are approved for types of aggressive blood cancers, including B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. HCI is one of a few locations nationwide, and the only in the Mountain West, approved to offer these new therapies to adult cancer patients.

May 09, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Theresa Werner, MD

HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Theresa Werner, MD, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award. She is the medical director of Clinical Trials and treats patients with gynecologic cancers.

May 08, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Opens Center for HOPE and is Awarded $9.7 Million to Improve Health Among Underserved Populations

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah today announced the opening of the Cancer Population Sciences and Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE), a new research and clinical space dedicated to preventing cancer and improving health among underserved populations and improving outcomes in cancer patients. The center recently received $9.7 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to fund a clinical trial researching new and effective approaches to reduce tobacco use.

May 01, 2018

Persistence Pays Off in Discovery That Could Lead to Improved Treatment and Survivability of Patients with Brain Tumors

Gliomas are the most common type of central nervous system cancer but how these tumors develop is not fully understood. Sheri Holmen, PhD a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and professor of surgery at the University of Utah just published the results of her research on gliomas in Cell Reports. The work is focused on a mutated gene that is a critical piece of the puzzle for glioma development, according to Holmen’s work.

Apr 27, 2018

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

“Driving Innovative Cancer Science to Patient Care” was the theme of the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, which took place April 14-18 in Chicago. Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty and staff joined almost 22,000 other scientists, physicians, and patient advocates from around the world to share the latest findings in translational, clinical, and prevention-focused cancer research.

Apr 26, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Robert Andtbacka, MD, CM

HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Robert Andtbacka, MD, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award and will also lead the group for the coming year.

Apr 12, 2018

Book Review: Ethics, Racism, and Scientific Discovery

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an acclaimed nonfiction book about the revolutionary research, ethical questions, and racism wrapped up in one woman’s cancer story.

Apr 06, 2018

Taking Back Control by Preserving My Fertility

When I was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma, behind all of the distress about treatment was an overwhelming feeling of disbelief that I was about to become infertile at age 28. But being able to retrieve and freeze my eggs before chemotherapy gave me back a little bit of the control I felt was lacking.

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 28, 2018

Two PathMaker Alumni Selected for Prestigious Research Program

The PathMaker Cancer Research Program is for high school and undergraduate students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Under the mentorship of an HCI scientist, PathMaker scholars conduct research and build a foundation for careers in health professions and biomedical research. 

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.

Mar 15, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins National Clinical Trial Targeting AML

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been selected to participate in the Beat AML Master Trial, an innovative clinical trial sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The clinical trial is testing several new targeted therapies for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). HCI is the only facility in the Mountain West offering this trial to AML patients.

Mar 13, 2018

Young Adults Needed for Social Media Study

The Young Adult Cancer Caregiver study is currently recruiting participants. The study will look at how social media may help or hinder young adults who take care of a cancer patient.

Mar 13, 2018

Surprising Discovery Provides Insights into Aggressive Endometrial Cancers

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah indicates steroid and hormone receptors are simultaneously active in many endometrial cancer tissues. The findings, published today in the journal Cell Reports, yield insights about factors that contribute to more aggressive endometrial tumors.

Mar 08, 2018

Talks with Docs: Theresa Werner, MD

Huntsman Cancer Institute celebrates International Women's Day 2018 in a conversation with Dr. Theresa Werner. Her patients juggle treatment with lives that often include work, a relationship, and motherhood. She talks with us about the optimistic women she treats in clinic and a stylish first lady of the United States she would trade lives with for a day.

Feb 27, 2018

New understanding of enzyme’s role in development of certain brain and spinal cord tumors

In a study recently published in Acta Neuropathologica, L. Eric Huang, MD, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher and associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Utah, and colleagues report on new findings in the function of an enzyme, IDH1, in the development of gliomas. Gliomas are life-threatening tumors of brain or spinal cord tissue, and this type of tumor affects approximately 25,000 people each year. As changes in IDH1 are found in the vast majority of gliomas, understanding the impact of IDH1 enzyme function is critical to advancing research in this disease.

Feb 27, 2018

Be Sun Safe on the Slopes to Prevent Skin Cancer

With high mountain peaks and acres of powdery snow, Utah is known for its great skiing. But Utahns who spend lots of time outdoors at high elevations are at increased risk for sun damage, which can lead to skin cancer. Here's how to protect your skin while you're out earning your turns.

Feb 26, 2018

Challenging Work, Real-Life Rewards: HCI Community Outreach Internships

The community outreach interns at Huntsman Cancer Institute work on the front lines of cancer prevention education. They receive training from health educators in cancer information and teaching strategies and take it out to health fairs and presentations in schools and businesses throughout Utah and the Mountain West.

Feb 20, 2018

Peter R. Huntsman Named Chairman of the Board, Huntsman Cancer Foundation

The Board of Directors of Huntsman Cancer Foundation has elected Peter R. Huntsman as Chairman of the Board effective immediately. He replaces his father, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., who founded Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and was its principal benefactor. Jon M. Huntsman passed away earlier this month.

Feb 20, 2018

Super Sweet Potatoes

Thank goodness sweet potatoes are not just for the holidays. These sweet, creamy vegetables are packed with powerful cancer-fighting nutrients and make a lovely canvas for other healthy foods like chopped herbs, nuts, or veggies. Research shows eating a variety of plant-based foods may lower your risk of cancer.

Feb 15, 2018

Seeding New Breakthroughs

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, our donors are inspired to give, and we are inspired by our donors. Their giving will seed the next new breakthroughs in cancer research, leading to life-saving treatments and, ultimately, eradicating cancer altogether.

Feb 15, 2018

Message from HCI's CEO

The West is known for its "can-do" spirit, for the willingness of people to work together. At Huntsman Cancer Institute, we strive to push the boundaries of cancer research and care and attain results beyond what we thought was possible. We've made a commitment to advance cutting-edge cancer research and care in the Mountain West region.

Feb 15, 2018

Developing Better Targeted Therapies

Targeted therapy in cancer treatment is often called personalized or precision medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Targeted therapies are designed to be more effective and less harmful than other approaches because the drugs are specially designed to meet the individual characteristics of each patient.

Feb 15, 2018

Bench to Bedside

Advancing discoveries made in the lab to medical treatments that can be used in patient care is complex and time-consuming. Commonly called clinical translation, this process can be thought of much like translating something from one language to another.

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

Encouraging Lifelong Cancer Prevention in Youth

Through community partnerships, Huntsman Cancer Institute is reaching adolescent and young adult populations where they are—in schools, neighborhoods, and communities—with an educational plan for a lifetime of healthy living.

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

A Critical Part of the Care Team: Advanced Practice Care Providers

Huntsman Cancer Institute has invested in advanced practice clinicians, knowing that this group of talented medical professionals is a critical link in the cancer care continuum.

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.

Feb 15, 2018

Working in Harmony: New Insights into How Packages of DNA Orchestrate Development

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah illuminates aspects of how an early embryo, the product of fertilization of a female egg cell by a male sperm cell, can give rise to all the many cell types of the adult animal. The findings, published in the journal Cell, have significant implications for understanding how early development is orchestrated, and provides a mechanism for how parental environment might impact the expression of these genes in the offspring.

Feb 15, 2018

Lowering Your Risk of Developing a Second Cancer

Everyone, including people who have already had cancer, can lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, these tips may lower your risk of developing a second cancer.

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.

Feb 15, 2018

Expanding Access to Clinical Trials

All cancer treatments and medications that are used today were, at one point, part of a clinical trial. Clinical trials can offer hope, particularly in complex diseases such as cancer. But getting access to them can be difficult, especially if patients have to travel a long distance to a hospital that offers trials.

Feb 15, 2018

Training the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers

Over the years, there have been many landmark discoveries in the effort to eradicate cancer. Progress can only continue with well-trained and passionate researchers and physicians. Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty work with students of all ages to cultivate the next generation of scientists who will carry on this life-saving work.

Feb 09, 2018

A Heart Healthy Valentine's Dinner for Two

Make a delicious, healthy meal with someone you love this Valentine's Day. This delightful dinner menu is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and whole grains. Not only is it healthy for the heart, it contains cancer-fighting foods. 

Feb 08, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Lights ‘Beacon of Hope’ in Honor of Jon M. Huntsman

A new lighting installation at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah honors Jon M. Huntsman’s enduring impact on cancer research and care. The installation, called ‘The Beacon of Hope’ is located within an architectural feature on the west facade of the original HCI research building, and is viewable from the exterior of the building. The newly-designed installation will be lit for the first time at sunset on Friday, February 9, to commemorate weekend memorial services for Huntsman.

Feb 08, 2018

Funeral Services for Jon M. Huntsman

Funeral services for Jon M. Huntsman, will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah, 1825 E. South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City.

Feb 07, 2018

Remembering Jon M. Huntsman

The Huntsman Cancer Institute community shares memories of our founder.

Feb 07, 2018

Acupuncture and Cancer: How It Can Help and What to Expect

People who have never tried acupuncture often have the same questions: What is it? Is it safe? Does it hurt? How much does it cost? HCI acupuncturist Annie Budhathoki answers these questions and explains how this integrative treatment can help people with cancer.

Feb 02, 2018

Statement on the Passing of Jon M. Huntsman, HCI Founder

We are truly saddened at the passing of our remarkable founder and benefactor, Jon M. Huntsman, this afternoon. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Other than his family, his greatest passion was to eradicate cancer. We will honor his legacy by continuing to provide hope and healing to all impacted by this disease.

Feb 01, 2018

Changes in genes involved in DNA repair and packaging linked to risk of multiple myeloma

Researchers have identified two gene regions that contribute to multiple myeloma, an inherited cancer that occurs in bone marrow, through a new method that makes use of human disease pedigrees. Nicola Camp and Rosalie Waller of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and colleagues report their findings February 1st in PLOS Genetics.

Feb 01, 2018

Photopheresis: Using Light to Alter the Immune System

Photopheresis treatment seems to modulate the immune system, not suppress it, allowing the body to manage graft-versus-host disease without counteracting the effects of the hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

Jan 31, 2018

Delivering Chemo Directly to Cancer Cells with HIPEC

HCI will start offering an innovative way to deliver chemotherapy to cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Jan 30, 2018

Smartphone App Shows Promising Results in Helping Young Cancer Patients Take Medications on Time

Remembering to take medication can be a struggle for anyone, but it’s usually a tougher challenge for teens and young adults with cancer. A recent study shows using a smartphone reminder app helps patients in this age group take medication as prescribed.

Jan 29, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Selected as a National Cancer Institute Center for Patient-Derived Model Development

Huntsman Cancer Institute has been awarded a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help continue its research in breast cancer. Alana Welm, PhD and Bryan Welm, PhD, investigators at HCI, along with Michael Lewis, PhD, a colleague at Baylor College of Medicine, will use this new funding to serve as a Breast Cancer Patient-derived xenograft Development and Trials Center to research and test new drugs for breast cancer. This new Center is only one of four such Centers in the nation.

Jan 26, 2018

Early Career Researcher Receives Merit Award for Colorectal Cancer Research

Post-doctoral fellow Andreana Holowatyj, PhD, received an award for her work studying colorectal cancer in young adults from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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.

Jan 17, 2018

A Centuries-Old Math Equation Used to Solve a Modern-Day Genetics Challenge

Researchers developed a new mathematical tool to validate and improve methods used by medical professionals to interpret results from clinical genetic tests. The work was published this month in Genetics in Medicine.

Jan 15, 2018

Sharing a Love of Music through Service

McKayla Benson wanted to do a service project for her senior year of high school. She focused her project on something she loves—music.

Jan 09, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director Honored by National Cancer Institute

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute.

Jan 05, 2018

What You Need to Know About Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. But how do you protect yourself from a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell?

Dec 22, 2017

New Endowed Chair Holders at HCI

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is pleased to announce the appointment of two of our colleagues as holders of prestigious endowed chairs at the University of Utah. Endowed chairs recognize academic distinction, promote excellence, and provide funds for cutting-edge research.

Dec 21, 2017

New Cancer Treatment Technology Coming to Utah

A new cancer treatment technology is one step closer to Salt Lake City. Today Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) announced a plan to add a proton therapy center to its Cancer Hospital. The center will be the only one of its kind in the region. The plan will now move forward to the next steps of approval, design and vendor selection.

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.

Dec 18, 2017

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pears

Eaten with the skin, a medium pear packs almost 6 grams of filling, health-protecting fiber—nearly a quarter of your daily value. Research has shown that diets high in fiber may help protect against colorectal cancer and other chronic diseases.

Dec 14, 2017

Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

​This time of year can be stressful on its own. But when combined with a life-changing illness, it can seem overwhelming. These tips will help you get through holidays with less stress and more pleasure.

Dec 12, 2017

2017 Utah Hispanic/Latino Cancer Conference

This year’s conference provided a unique opportunity for the Spanish-speaking community of Utah to learn about cancer and interact with local health care providers.

Dec 08, 2017

Talking with Kids about Cancer

It can be hard for adults to understand cancer, let alone kids. These resources can help parents explain to children what cancer means and how to help kids cope with their emotions.

Dec 05, 2017

Utah Breast Cancer Doctor Named on Forbes' "Physician Honor Roll"

Saundra Buys, MD, medical oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and a professor of medicine at the University of Utah was named by Forbes among the top breast cancer physicians in the country. Buys is one of only 27 in the nation to receive this recognition.

Dec 04, 2017

Navigating Cancer at a Young Age

Each year over 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young adults (ages 15-39), the cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. Patients may suddenly have to learn the difference between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. They may also have questions about fertility issues, or need help understanding the complexities of the healthcare system. To help guide patients through these tough issues Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare, offers a patient navigator designed to meet the needs of AYA cancer patients.

Dec 04, 2017

How Osteopathy Can Help during Cancer Treatment

Cancer and its treatments can cause tightness and restrictions in the body that may cause pain and difficulty in doing everyday tasks. Learn how osteopathic doctors can reduce these restrictions and improve patients' overall wellbeing.

Dec 01, 2017

Talks with Docs: Anna Beck, MD

A conversation with Anna Beck, MD—director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at Huntsman Cancer Institute—on a love for medicine that spans three generations and her four-legged family.

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 30, 2017

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 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.

Nov 27, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Trace Timeline of Tumor Evolution in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

A new study by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah observed how breast cancer tumors evolve over time and demonstrated how changes within tumors may contribute to the process by which cancers no longer respond to treatment. Further, the research identifies that some of these changes may be shared across certain treatment-resistant breast cancers. The study was published this month in Nature Communications.

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.

Nov 22, 2017

Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Risk for aging-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes was significantly higher among thyroid cancer survivors in Utah than it was among age-matched, cancer-free individuals, with those diagnosed before age 40 having the highest risk for some of the diseases, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

Nov 17, 2017

How An HCI Fitness Instructor Stays Healthy

Have you ever wondered what a fitness instructor does to stay healthy in their own life? Our Cancer Exercise Specialist shares how she prioritizes time for her healthy habits.

Nov 15, 2017

HCI Trainee Receives NCI Graduate Diversity Supplement

Kali Dale, a graduate research assistant at HCI, was selected to receive the National Cancer Institute Graduate Diversity Supplement.

Nov 14, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Expanding Access to Clinical Trials

All cancer treatments and medications that are used today, at one point, were clinical trials. Clinical trials can offer hope, particularly in a complex disease like cancer. But getting access to clinical trials can be difficult, especially if patients have to travel a long distance to a hospital that offers trials.

Nov 14, 2017

Can Immunotherapy Help Patients with Pancreatic Cancer?

Immunotherapy has shown to be an effective treatment for several types of cancer. Is pancreatic cancer one of them? Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD, answers that question during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Nov 10, 2017

Five Resources To Help You Quit Tobacco

You already know smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. But it can be incredibly hard to quit. If you have tried to quit in the past, or if this is your first time, don’t feel discouraged. These resources can help.

Nov 06, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Identifies Enhanced Impact of Treatment for Hereditary Cancer Patients

People with an inherited syndrome called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) have a 100% lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer if they do not seek appropriate medical care. Recent findings published by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah identified a promising prevention treatment for patients with FAP.

Nov 06, 2017

Talks with Docs: Lindsay Burt, MD

Dr. Lindsay Burt's love for radiation oncology began while taking part in a surprising sport. Learn more about her many daring passions in this video.

Nov 05, 2017

Too Good to Be True? Cautions about Health Scams

If you or someone you care about has cancer, the last thing you need is a scam. If you read or hear about a product that says it can cure cancer, talk to your doctor, do some research, and ask some serious questions.

Oct 27, 2017

Health Literacy: Making Health Information Easy to Understand

The information we use to make health decisions can be conflicting, overwhelming, and hard to understand. Our ability to make decisions based on this information is called "health literacy."

Oct 25, 2017

Am I at Risk for Liver Cancer?

Liver cancer can be hard to find early. Signs of liver cancer may not show up until the disease has progressed and is harder to treat. It’s important to know if you are at risk for liver cancer and be aware of signs of the disease.

Oct 25, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Researchers Develop New Method for Gene Silencing

A study published today in Cell Systems highlights a new research method using the recently developed CRISPR technique. In short, CRISPR is a technology that allows researchers to cut out a section of DNA that causes a disease, like cancer, and then replace the section with normal, healthy genes.

Oct 19, 2017

New Study Finds Childhood Cancer Survivors Commonly Stay at Jobs to Keep Health Insurance

The results of a national cancer survey find a significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions. The findings were published today in JAMA Oncology. Anne Kirchhoff, PhD, investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and assistant professor of pediatrics, led the study. Her goal was to examine the prevalence of job lock in full-time, employed childhood cancer survivors. Job lock is when an employee stays at a job in order to keep work-related health insurance.

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.

Oct 07, 2017

Talks with Docs: Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD

Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD, explains how he began his career as a radiation oncologist, what he's learned from his patients, and why he loves an unusual sport.

Oct 06, 2017

HCI Trainee Wins NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Gurkan Mollaoglu, a graduate student in the Oliver Lab, received an F99 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. This prestigious grant recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers.