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 21, 2019

Reducing Your Colon Cancer Risk

Each year around 140,000 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 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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 21, 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 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 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.

Jan 01, 2019

Utah cancer survivor tests strength helps others climbing Kilimanjaro

A Utah cancer survivor is testing her strength by climbing the highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro. But the real purpose behind the grueling 7-day hike is to help others fighting cancer.

Jan 01, 2019

Additions to healing garden at Huntsman Cancer Institute promote healing, peace of mind

When she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Dr. Jan Byrne didn't know of any survivors of the disease. "It's a devastating disease — a silent killer," she said. "A lot of people don't make it." Byrne's cancer was found in the early stages, however, and after six months of chemotherapy and three major surgeries at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she survived. It's been six years.

Jan 01, 2019

Why So Many Utah Men Have Melanoma

Utah has had the nation's greatest incidence of melanoma from 2010 to 2014, the last year for which data is available. Its rates of melanoma have more than doubled in the past 17 years, from 20 to 42 cases for every 100,000 people, according to the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Registry.

Jan 01, 2019

Salt Lake County names diversity affairs director

Emma Houston is the new director of diversity affairs for Salt Lake County. A longtime community volunteer, Houston was been on the county's Council on Diversity Affairs since 2013. She is a former chairwoman of the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs along with serving on the boards of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the National Council on Aging.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 this week 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 (HCI), 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

Today officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 (HCF), and the U of U 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (the U) 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (the university) was recently awarded a prestigious team science grant through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) 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 (HCI) and the University of Utah (U of U) 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 (SEER) program, if all contract options are exercised. The work is conducted through the Utah Cancer Registry (UCR) at the U of U, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U), 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

Low-dose Aspirin May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (HCI) today announced that Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. will be appointed to the position of Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (the Foundation), effective immediately.

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 (HCF) 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U).

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 20, 2018

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.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U), 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 (HCI) 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. – Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) 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 (HCI) physician-scientist Ahmad Halwani, MD, has been selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 (PCORI) to fund a clinical trial researching new and effective approaches to reduce tobacco use.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 (PCORI) 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 (HCI) 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 (AACR) annual meeting, which took place April 14-18 in Chicago. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) has been selected to participate in the Beat AML Master Trial, an innovative clinical trial sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). 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 (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) 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 today 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

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 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 (HCI), hoping there would be a more accurate result. Unfortunately, this biopsy did detect cancer. Fortunately, it was found early enough to treat.

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 HCI 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

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.

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.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah has been awarded a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) 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 (PDTC) 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. The research was led by Sean Tavtigian, PhD, a cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah, in collaboration with genetics experts from around the United States.

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 (HCI) at the University of Utah, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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?

Jan 02, 2018

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.

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 17, 2017

Cruciferous Vegetables and How to Make Them Taste Delicious

Cruciferous vegetables—like broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts—are cancer-fighting machines that can taste delightfully sweet and decadent with a few cooking tips.

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.

Oct 05, 2017

New Research on Sperm Stem Cells has Implications for Male Infertility and Cancer

New research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and collaborators at University of Utah Health (U of U Health) sheds light on the complex process that occurs in the development of human sperm stem cells. This is the first study to characterize the changes human sperm stem cells undergo as they mature. The results have implications for understanding male infertility as well as cancer development and were published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

Oct 04, 2017

Healing the Spirit through Art

Research shows that art activities provide measureable health benefits to people at all stages of the cancer journey, letting them live better and healthier lives.

Oct 01, 2017

Mammograms Save Lives: What Women Need to Know about Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is a reminder for women to get to know their bodies, practice awareness, and schedule a screening mammogram to check for breast cancer.

Sep 27, 2017

Speaking Out for Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

After being diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer, obstetrician Janice Byrne was determined to make a difference for others facing the same disease. Now, she advocates to increase education and awareness about ovarian cancer and provide support to newly diagnosed patients.

Sep 22, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces New Clinical Research Director

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has announced David Gaffney, MD, PhD, as Senior Director for Clinical Research. In this position, Gaffney oversees HCI’s clinical research efforts which include more than 200 active clinical cancer trials at any given time.

Sep 19, 2017

Cancer Researchers in Training: Metabolism Is More Than Just Weight Loss

Your body's metabolism is different from a cancer cell's metabolism. Researchers like graduate student Zhizhou Ye are studying how cancer cells rewire their metabolism to survive and grow. Understanding these processes in depth could lead to therapies that stop cancer's growth.

Sep 18, 2017

How to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Day

Eating healthy food like fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. Check out these ideas for adding more fruits and veggies to your day.

Sep 15, 2017

Creating Your New Normal after a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer can be a life-altering experience for patients and their loved ones. Recovering your sense of who you are and how you will live your life going forward are important aspects of your recovery and survivorship.

Sep 15, 2017

Scientists See Progress for Cancer Vaccines

Tumor-destroying vaccines have emerged as a new weapon in the fight against cancer. Conventional vaccines prevent people from getting sick in the first place. Now scientists are testing a new type of vaccine that treats existing cancers by spurring immune cells to go on the attack. These drugs—known as therapeutic vaccines—hold the potential to plunge cancers into remission without causing the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy.

Sep 13, 2017

What to Expect with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

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

Sep 08, 2017

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 01, 2017

Adipose Tissue May Affect Cancer Development in Multiple Ways

Review indicates need to further explore relationship between fat and cancer. Adipose tissue, or fat, may influence the development of cancer in diverse ways, depending on the type of fat and the location in the body, according to results of a systematic review published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

Aug 31, 2017

Listen to Songs that Inspire Our Patients

Our patients helped us create a summer playlist of inspirational songs, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Aug 29, 2017

Religious young women less educated about HPV vaccine

Religious young women are less knowledgeable about a vaccine that guards against several different types of cancer, suggests a new study from Utah.

Aug 25, 2017

Complementary and Integrative Medicine during Cancer Treatment

Complementary and integrative medicine is a type of health care used alongside standard treatments. It can be used during cancer treatment to help with symptoms and side effects, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

Aug 21, 2017

Wellness instructor helping patients kick cancer while fighting it herself

he Huntsman Cancer Institute, respected worldwide for its medical treatment of patients, also offers Chinese practices of deep breathing, meditation and gentle movement to help patients with recovery.

Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse watch party at Huntsman Cancer Institute

With eyes to the sky and smiles that mirror the partial eclipse, hundreds of patients, doctors, nurses, and staff watched the celestial phenomenon from the patio of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Aug 18, 2017

You Can’t Rain on My Parade, HPV

When I was a teenager, the HPV vaccine did not exist. I wish it had; I would have been grateful for its protection. And I have news for you, HPV. You messed with the wrong woman.

Aug 14, 2017

Help Quitting Smoking

Volunteers are needed for a research study about quitting smoking. Participants will be compensated for their time and nicotine patches will be provided at no cost.

Aug 11, 2017

First Lady of the Dominican Republic Visits Huntsman Cancer Institute

Mrs. Cándida Montilla de Medina, First Lady of the Dominican Republic, and her delegation visited Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah yesterday, Thursday, August 10. During her visit, Mrs. Montilla de Medina toured HCI and met with physicians, researchers, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and members of the Huntsman family, including Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., to learn about HCI’s mission: to research cancer from its beginnings, develop new cancer treatments, and relieve the suffering of cancer patients.

Aug 09, 2017

Talks with Docs: John Sweetenham, MD

John Sweetenham, MD, shares his experience of growing up in England, what other profession he might have liked to practice, and more.

Aug 07, 2017

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

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been recognized again this year as one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 

Aug 03, 2017

Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint

August 3 is National Watermelon Day! Celebrate with this refreshing recipe, perfect for barbecues on hot summer days. In addition to being delicious, watermelon contains large amount of lycopene, a compound that may help prevent prostate cancer.

Jul 28, 2017

New Technology Yields Better Images of Patient Tumors

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the first cancer center in the United States to use a new, state-of-the-art CT scanner that allows doctors to view higher quality, personalized images of a patient’s tumor. The scanner, called the Somatom Confidence 64 from Siemens, boasts numerous features that create more detailed images, giving physicians the ability to direct their therapy precisely where it’s needed.

Jul 28, 2017

5 Ways to Protect Your Skin beyond Sunscreen

Sunscreen keeps you safe from harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays, but it works even better when paired with extra sun safety precautions.

Jul 26, 2017

Resources for Young Adults with Cancer

Adolescents and young adults with cancer have unique emotional, physical, and practical needs that aren’t easily met through typical cancer care for children or older adults. For these patients, cancer can interrupt school, work, marriage, parenthood, and more.

Jul 25, 2017

Managing Hot Flashes During the Summer

In the heat of summer, a hot flash can feel unbearable. These tips may help. Hot flashes affect the quality of life of many cancer patients. They may be a side effect of cancer or its treatment, especially for patients treated for breast cancer or prostate cancer.

Jul 21, 2017

Living a More Purposeful Life

After what Ken and Julieann Selden call the worst trial they’ve ever faced, the young couple now live a more purposeful life. Ken's diagnosis with mesenchymal chondrosarcoma brought a lifetime’s worth of grief, fear, pain, hope, and joy.

Jul 20, 2017

Give Your Body Some Gratitude

When we experience illnesses such as cancer, we sometimes develop an antagonistic relationship with our bodies. And yet, these are the times when they most need our care and appreciation. Treating your body with kindness and appreciation will allow you to experience greater happiness.

Jul 18, 2017

Study Shows Shorter Course of Radiation May Be a Safe and Convenient Option for Breast Cancer Patients after Mastectomy

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology demonstrates that a shorter course of radiation may be a good option for breast cancer patients who need radiation following mastectomy. The Phase II clinical trial examined the safety of treating women with a three-week course of radiation instead of the traditional six weeks.

Jul 17, 2017

6 Tips for Sun Sensitivity During Cancer Treatment

Some treatments for cancer, like radiation and certain chemotherapy drugs, can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You can still enjoy summer days by planning ahead to protect yourself from sunburn with these tips.

Jul 15, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Searches for a Cure

Fox News reporter Abby Huntsman recently visited Salt Lake City to tour Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and learn more about the cancer center's research impact.

Jul 14, 2017

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.

Jul 11, 2017

Cancer Researchers in Training: Studying What Makes Each Cell Unique

RNA modification is an area of cell biology few people have studied, and the idea of exploring the boundaries of the known world is what first attracted graduate student Archana Yerra to a career in science.

Jul 07, 2017

Cancer Summit Highlights Advances in Immunotherapy

Our bodies fight cancer more than we really know, says Dr. Kenneth Grossmann. And, he adds, advances in medicine can help the immune system fight cancer even better.

Jul 03, 2017

Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients

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

Jun 27, 2017

Nutrition's Role in Preventing and Treating Cancer

The way you eat plays a big part in your health. Good nutrition can prevent cancer, keep patients strong during treatment, and help patients stay healthy after treatment is over.

Jun 22, 2017

Utah Billionaire Jon Huntsman Opens New Children's Cancer Research Center

Chemicals billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the world’s great optimists. His mom died of cancer in her 50s, and he’s battled four different forms of the disease. His response was to launch the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in the 1990s. His audacious goal: to eradicate the most challenging forms of cancer in one generation. Then, says his son, Peter Huntsman, only half joking, with cancer research beat, he hopes they’ll be able to turn the cancer institute into a hotel.

Jun 21, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Unveils New Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center

State-of-the-Art Facility Opens to Expand Research in Cancers that Affect Children and Families and Accelerate the Development of New Treatments and Cancer Prevention Strategies

Jun 20, 2017

Grand Valley Oncology Announces Clinical Trials Open to Patients

Mesa County, Colo.--- Grand Valley Oncology with the support of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will offer a range of clinical trials for their patients. Physicians at Grand Junction Oncology will work closely with their counterparts at HCI to identify opportunities for patients in western Colorado to participate in clinical trials.

Jun 20, 2017

Governor Gary Herbert Declares Cure Cancer Week in Utah

Governor Gary R. Herbert declared the week of June 19–24, 2017, as Cure Cancer Week in Utah. The proclamation comes during the week Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah dedicates its major research expansion, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center.

Jun 14, 2017

Five Ways Music Therapy Can Help during Cancer Treatment

Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that harnesses the power of music to improve quality of life in people dealing with illness. Learn how music therapy can benefit people going through cancer treatment.

Jun 14, 2017

Mom's routine dental cleaning leads to a life-saving surgery

Rebecca Ward never dreamed a routine dental cleaning would lead to a life-saving surgery.

Jun 13, 2017

Caregiving FAQs

Caregivers can face many challenges when someone they love has cancer. The staff of the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center (CLC) can help connect you to resources for caregivers.

Jun 09, 2017

New Cancer Drug Tested In Mice May Benefit Certain Leukemia Patients

SALT LAKE CITY –Almost 6,000 new cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, are expected to be diagnosed this year in the United States. The blood cancer can affect both children and adults. Scientists have found up to 30 percent of adult ALL patients have what’s called a Philadelphia chromosome, where two segments of chromosomes have aberrantly fused together. (The fusion chromosome is much less common in children.) Adult ALL patients exposed to standard treatments often see high relapse rates, and treatment-related deaths remain high. But researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered new science, published this week in the journal Leukemia, that could provide better therapeutic options for patients.

Jun 05, 2017

Five Things to Know about Your First Massage with Cancer

After your cancer diagnosis or during treatment, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, or even in pain. Massage therapy may help increase your sense of well-being.

May 30, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Selected to Join National Cancer Institute’s Systems Biology Consortium

SALT LAKE CITY – Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah (U of U) have been awarded a $9.1 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to serve as a Research Center in NCI’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC). HCI is one of nine research institutions nationwide to be selected as a Research Center in the CSBC.

May 24, 2017

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

Growing up, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders spent every waking hour playing and training outside in the water—usually without sunscreen. Then, in 2014, she was diagnosed with melanoma. No one can say for sure what caused Sanders’ melanoma, but she thinks her frequent exposure to the sun was a contributing factor.

May 22, 2017

CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute Inducted Alongside President Obama to American Philosophical Society

SALT LAKE CITY – Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, has been elected to highly distinguished membership in the American Philosophical Society (APS), joining a group of 32 inductees that includes former United States president Barack Obama.

May 15, 2017

Carson Tahoe Health Opens New Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Care Clinic

Carson City, Nev. – Today, May 15, Carson Tahoe Cancer Center opened a new blood and bone marrow transplant care clinic with support from the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. Under the collaboration, a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) physician and nurse from HCI will travel to Carson City once a month to treat patients both before and after they receive a transplant.

May 15, 2017

Words of Hope for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

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

May 04, 2017

The Club You Never Asked to Join: Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer at CancerCon

If you're an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer, it's easy to feel alone. While the number of AYAs with cancer in the United States is not small—70,000 are diagnosed each year—it can feel like you're the only one your age going through this. AYA patient navigators are here for you.

May 01, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute and Intermountain Healthcare Launch Joint Cancer Care Program for Adolescents and Young Adults

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Intermountain Cancer Centers announce a new collaboration today designed to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) between the ages of 15 and 39 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Each year over 1,000 adolescents and young adults in Utah are diagnosed with cancer, yet research has shown a number of gaps in their care.

Apr 26, 2017

Four Things You Should Know about Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the mouth or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). As part of Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April, here are four things you need to know about finding and preventing oral cancer.

Apr 25, 2017

Cognitive Stimulation, Social Interactions & Physical Activity Increase Lifespan in Mice with Colon Cancer

Living in a stimulating environment has a wide range of health benefits in humans and has even been shown to fight cancer in mice, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. A study published April 25 in Cell Reports reveals that cognitive stimulation, social interactions, and physical activity increase lifespan in mice with colon cancer by triggering the body's wound repair response.

Apr 16, 2017

Advance Care Planning Is a Gift

When Lisa Lindblad’s brain cancer placed her on life support and unable to speak for herself, her family turned to an advance directive Lisa had prepared for that very reason.

Apr 12, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigators Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

University of Utah professors Bradley R. Cairns, professor and chair of Oncological Sciences and senior director of Basic Science at Huntsman Cancer Institute; Dana Carroll, distinguished professor of Biochemistry and HCI investigator; and Christopher D. Hacon, distinguished professor of Mathematics, were raised to a high honor in science today with their election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Apr 11, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Share Expertise at National Cancer Meeting

More than 20 researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah made their mark on the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting this year. Held in Washington, D.C., the convention drew more than 21,500 cancer researchers from all over the world. Scientists attended sessions on topics from immunotherapy to precision medicine. About 15 researchers from HCI presented posters in the main conference hall, on a wide range of topics.

Apr 11, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month

As we all strive towards health equity, a cornerstone value for Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health, we invite you to join opportunities this April for National Minority Health Month.

Mar 30, 2017

HCI CEO and Director Testifies before Congress on the Value of Federally-Funded Medical Research

Mary Beckerle, PhD, testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the impact of federally-funded cancer research.

Mar 21, 2017

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Evidence shows that eating a diet full of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans may help lower risk for many cancers. Try this delicious carrot-ginger soup with a slice of whole grain bread and a side salad for a warming winter meal, or serve it chilled for a refreshing summer option.

Mar 08, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Partners with National Cancer Institute on National Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Education Initiative

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is partnering with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to implement a nationwide colorectal cancer outreach and education initiative in support of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in rural, frontier, and culturally diverse communities in Utah. The Screen to Save Initiative will launch in March at HCI and 48 other cancer centers around the nation, targeting average risk adults age 50 and older.

Feb 24, 2017

HCI Researcher Receives Merit Award for Prostate Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Andrew Hahn, MD, received the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award. The award recognizes young researchers who have made a significant impact to their field of study and promotes clinical cancer research by giving recipients the chance to present their findings at conferences.

Feb 15, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Scientists Discover How Epithelial Cells Maintain Constant Cell Numbers

Research published today in Nature from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah shows how epithelial cells naturally turn over, maintaining constant numbers between cell division and cell death.

Jan 30, 2017

Actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen Visit Huntsman Cancer Institute Patients and Staff

Actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen spent two hours visiting patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute on Sunday, January 22. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War” co-stars were in town promoting their Sundance film “Wind River.” Before flying back to Los Angeles, they took time to stop by the hospital and talk with cancer patients and staff.

Jan 25, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Scientists Identify Bone Degradation Process Within Metastatic Breast Cancer

Once breast cancer spreads through the body, it can degrade a patient’s healthy bones, causing numerous problems. Scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have identified a new way that bones get destroyed through cancer. And they’ve also learned how to block that destruction with a new drug. Initial tests with patients show promising results.

Jan 24, 2017

A Utah Scientist Powering the 'Cancer Moonshot'

It was one of those rare moments of bipartisanship: Then-Vice President Joe Biden visited the red state of Utah about a year ago and met with the enormously effective Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and former Republican Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to discuss the C-word. Huntsman noted that “politics had been put aside” in support of Biden’s initiative to cure cancer — dubbed the “cancer moonshot.”

Jan 23, 2017

Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk of Heart Conditions, Osteoporosis

In the United States, thyroid cancer incidence is increasing more rapidly than any other cancer and is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most adult cancers. This year, an estimated 64,300 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease.

Jan 12, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Holds Promise for Personalized Lung Cancer Treatments

New research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah uncovered distinct types of tumors within small cell lung cancer that look and act differently from one another. Scientists also identified a targeted drug combination that worked well with one specific tumor type. The study was published today in Cancer Cell. The findings suggest small cell lung cancer should not be treated as a uniform disease

Jan 10, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV), Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 01, 2017

The Importance of Investing in Biomedical Research

Biomedical research helps develop safe and effective disease treatments for all citizens. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, includes $4.8 billion to fund research and drug development. The law includes funds for the “Cancer Moonshot,” which seeks to accelerate cancer research in the United States. Cancer researchers at HCI urge the community to continue to support biomedical research.

Jan 01, 2017

HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute, served as a panelist at an event organized by the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Beckerle participated in a discussion on addressing disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Dec 19, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute Leads International Colorectal Study

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will head an international study to find out how lifestyle and other health factors impact colon and rectal cancer outcomes. HCI was awarded an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead and expand an ongoing project in colon cancer research.

Dec 09, 2016

Depression drug reduces joint pain for women with early stage breast cancer

A drug typically used to treat depression and anxiety can significantly reduce joint pain in postmenopausal women being treated for early stage breast cancer, according to new SWOG research to be presented Friday at a special plenary presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Nov 21, 2016

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is a spiritual act practiced around the world by religious and non-religious people. Being grateful may benefit more than just life outlook. Studies show that practicing gratitude can contribute to a sense of well-being, promote healing, and help with coping in difficult situations such as cancer treatment.

Nov 10, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It” To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error

As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is standing with a national campaign to end a dangerous chemotherapy error. Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Vincristine Handling, launched today by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), encourages health care providers to adopt a policy to always dilute and administer the medication vincristine in a mini IV-drip bag to prevent the improper administration of the drug.

Oct 27, 2016

Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer

SALT LAKE CITY—More than 4,000 children and teens are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and the disease kills more children than any other cancer. Writing this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah report they have identified an existing group of drugs that appear to reduce or eliminate a certain subgroup of childhood brain cancers while sparing normal brain tissue. The research was conducted using a new zebrafish animal model system developed by the researchers, which closely resembles an aggressive subtype of pediatric brain tumors.

Oct 17, 2016

Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent

Cindy Shepherd hasn't missed a yearly mammogram since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer about 16 years ago. Shepherd didn't need a reminder to keep that appointment after watching her sister go through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But she got one anyway five years ago when her mother, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the disease so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy. In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death: In 2012, there were 115.5 cases of breast cancer and 20.5 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, according to the state Department of Health.

Oct 13, 2016

Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced today the results of a study that found that circumstances in childhood, such as parental occupation at birth and neighborhood income, may be associated with different risks of certain cancers later in life.

Oct 12, 2016

Folic acid: time for Europe to mandate fortified flour?

From the Americas, through Africa to Australia, countries that have mandated the fortification of flour with folic acid have seen huge reductions in the number of children developing neural tube defects while in the womb. So what is Europe waiting for? Adrian Burton investigates.

Oct 11, 2016

6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) know it's important for all community members to understand breast cancer, screenings and prevention. Today they share the top things you can do to help lower your rise of breast cancer.

Oct 07, 2016

Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative

There's something about Utah's uncluttered landscape and expansive blue sky that gives Mary Beckerle a sense of mental space. It helps her think, she says, and fuels her desire to explore both mentally and physically. It's the reason the New Jersey native came to the Beehive State in the 1980s to teach at the University of Utah. Thirty years later, she's found herself in the Huntsman Cancer Institute's corner office as its CEO, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the geography she loves so much.

Sep 29, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Announces New Leadership

SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) today announced that Ben Tanner, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) current director of clinical operations and chief operating officer (COO) has been named the cancer hospital’s executive director, replacing Ray Lynch, who is retiring after 13 years of service. Tanner will assume his duties immediately.

Sep 23, 2016

Live in Utah? You’re likely in one of the world’s largest genetic databases

Lisa Callister walked into LDS Hospital in 2012 for a routine colonoscopy. She walked out knowing a tumor had been growing unchecked in her colon for about six years. She battled for more than a year as colon cancer ravaged her body. Doctors had to remove the entire organ. But the ordeal might have been avoided, Callister said, if she had previously known that she had Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many cancers. The gene runs in her family, but Callister, her sister, Emily Scalley, and their siblings had not been tested.

Sep 22, 2016

HCI Scientist Receives $1M Award to Fund Cancer Research

SALT LAKE CITY—Jody Rosenblatt, Ph.D., a cell biologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar, HHMI announced today: https://www.hhmi.org/news/philanthropies-announce-selection-faculty-scholars. The award provides $1 million to fund her research over the course of five years.

Sep 16, 2016

‘Liking’ Our Way to a Cure for Cancer

Researchers recently revealed in a Nature Genetics paper that they had identified a new gene linked to ALS, a neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The July announcement was a milestone in the fight against ALS, which affects about 30,000 Americans, and a historic moment in financing disease research.

Sep 16, 2016

Insurance slow to 'catch up' with cancer drug as Utah man runs out of time

To look at 52-year-old Mark Wilson, actively keeping up with the high school baseball players he coaches, you'd never know that cancer is tearing his body apart. “It's a sarcoma,” Wilson said. “I was diagnosed with it in October of 1999." He has survived thanks to a strong disposition as well as the strong work of his doctors and nurses.

Sep 15, 2016

Pay it Forward: Woman makes gifts for children facing cancer treatments

Getting cancer treatment, like radiation, can be scary -- especially for children. One Utah woman is helping kids feel a little more brave by giving them special gifts before treatment. Jill Perkins makes princess crowns and superhero capes for the children who go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for radiation.

Sep 15, 2016

Pay it Forward: Woman makes gifts for children facing cancer treatments

Getting cancer treatment, like radiation, can be scary -- especially for children. One Utah woman is helping kids feel a little more brave by giving them special gifts before treatment. Jill Perkins makes princess crowns and superhero capes for the children who go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for radiation.

Sep 14, 2016

Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE

SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah today announced the creation of a new center to be housed in the soon-to-be-completed expansion of HCI’s research enterprise, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. The new center will be called the Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) and will focus on discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations, including individuals living in poverty and residents of rural (between 6.1 and 99.9 persons/sq. mile) and frontier (<6.1 persons/sq. mile) areas.

Sep 14, 2016

The Crucial Role of Environmental Services

You may think of the department in charge of cleaning the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) cancer hospital as “Housekeeping.” But the name has changed in recent years to Environmental Services (EVS) in order to reflect the department’s many responsibilities. The 55 EVS employees at HCI’s cancer hospital play a crucial role in keeping patients, visitors, and staff safe.

Sep 13, 2016

Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Announces Recommendations

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

Sep 08, 2016

Putting an End to a Deadly Family Mystery

When Kiera Jorgensen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, she fought not only sarcoma, but also a deadly mystery that had loomed over her family for generations. Now years out of treatment, Kiera has answers and is conducting research to help families like hers better understand a rare genetic mutation.

Aug 30, 2016

Part of $22 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundatio

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Air pollution is an ongoing problem in many communities throughout the U.S. Air pollution is a major health concern in the state of Utah, with its cities often ranking atop EPA’s list of cities with the worst short-term air pollution in the U.S. Children are particularly vulnerable to pollution-induced illnesses. For children who have had cancer, many face pulmonary-related health problems due to chemotherapy, radiation and surgery they endured to treat their cancer. It’s likely that short-term exposure to air pollutants could exacerbate acute pulmonary issues in childhood cancer survivors.

Aug 29, 2016

New Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Personalizes Lifelong Patient Care

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is launching a unique program, called HCI-Total Cancer Care, which will follow patients through cancer screenings, treatments, and into good health throughout their lives. The program, which is borne out of HCI’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), utilizes patient data to help match patients to clinical trials and treatment developments happening across the country, offering never-before-seen access to cutting edge innovations in cancer care, while tracking a patient’s health throughout his or her lifetime.

Aug 29, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is launching a new program that combines genetic research with lifelong treatment for cancer patients. It’s is a part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN. More than a dozen of the nation’s top cancer research centers are part of the network, which was built to share data about cancer between the institutions.

Aug 26, 2016

New Report Says Having a Healthy Weight Lowers the Risk of More Cancers

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine August 25, 2016. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis.

Aug 26, 2016

Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen

Today's Want To Know Her spotlights a top notch surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional honors, juggling life as a wife and mom, too. Dr. Cindy Matsen is a breast cancer surgeon treating mothers, sisters, wives and daughters battling breast cancer.

Aug 26, 2016

Be Well Utah – 2018

Join the University of Utah, Regence and FOX 13 for a week of free health screenings and family fun!

Aug 25, 2016

Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis.

Aug 24, 2016

11 female CEOs making their mark in healthcare

As CEOs, these 10 women have positively impacted their hospitals and health systems, and the greater healthcare industry. Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, serves as the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In her role, she oversees four hospitals, 10 health centers, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center and five colleges. Under Dr. Lee's leadership the health system has ranked among the nation's top 10 in quality and safety academic hospitals. Dr. Lee oversaw the opening of the School of Dentistry and the launch of the Utah Genome Project. She is on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital, among other organizations.

Aug 22, 2016

New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper

The wealthy new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune says his father, Utah billionaire and industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr., will serve in a role at the newspaper as chairman emeritus. Deputy editor Tim Fitzpatrick says Tribune publisher Paul Huntsman made the announcement with his father Monday during a meeting with the newspaper's staff and new editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce.

Aug 11, 2016

Cancer Genetics, Inc. reports second quarter 2016 financial results and provides company updates

Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CGIX), an emerging leader in molecular and biomarker-based cancer diagnostics, announced today financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided other company and business updates. Total revenues were $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and included $4.2 million from Biopharma services and $2.5 million from Clinical services, compared with total revenue of $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 67 percent.

Aug 08, 2016

Toronto protocol dramatically improves survival rates in children at risk of cancer

A cancer surveillance system is being touted as the next best thing to finding a cure to an inherited cancer disorder called Li-Fraumeni syndrome. Patients with Li-Fraumeni carry a substantially higher lifetime risk of developing cancers such as bone cancer, leukemia and breast cancer.

Aug 08, 2016

Colonoscopy pill, replete with nano-x-ray machine inside, in development

Check-Cap Ltd. (the “Company” or “Check-Cap”) (NASDAQ: CHEK, CHEKW), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company engaged in the development of an ingestible capsule for preparation-free, colorectal cancer screening, today announced it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare to develop and validate high-volume manufacturing for X-ray source production and assembly into Check-Cap’s capsule. Upon successful completion, the parties may discuss collaboration on execution of a high-volume manufacturing facility and distribution of the Check-Cap system.

Aug 02, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

SALT LAKE CITY—U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone, and this recognition reflects our efforts to relieve the burden of this disease on our patients and their families through excellent patient care and robust scientific research. We are motivated by the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.”

Aug 02, 2016

Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion

For Chris Jensen, science and religion are like "the marriage of two mysteries." A biologist and senior laboratory specialist with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jensen said his work enriches and reinforces his Lutheran faith. Science looks at objects large and small, he said, and God is present in all of them. "Things just work really, really elegantly and beautifully together," he said. "Whether you take faith as the answer to that or not is individual." Jensen is a member of Salt Lake City's Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, where the interplay between science and faith — often seen in conflict — is encouraged and celebrated.

Aug 01, 2016

Better health before surgery leads to better outcomes

Surgery is part of cancer treatment plans in many cases. While surgery is an important part of treatment, recovery from surgery has a major impact on overall health. Strong for Surgery is a program that focuses on making small changes in health before surgery. Making these changes, even just before surgery, can make a big difference in recovery.

Aug 01, 2016

Therapy on four legs

Every week, a special visitor appears at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). His job? To cheer up patients fighting cancer and their family members. His name is Misio, and he’s a therapy dog with Intermountain Therapy Animals. Kathy McNulty, a volunteer with the organization, is Misio’s escort. Kathy says Misio has only been coming to HCI for a few months, but she can already see the difference he’s making for patients and their families. “Over and over, I’ve seen tears turn to smiles,” she says. “Misio takes their minds off the procedures.”

Jul 31, 2016

Chemoprevention for People at High Risk

Individuals with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) have a nearly 100 percent chance of developing colon cancer and often undergo surgery to remove the colon so cancer can’t develop there. A new medication being tested in a clinical trial lead by Jewel Samadder, MD, has shown promising results. The first round of testing shows that in less than six months, half of the patients who received medication saw a nearly 70% regression of polyps. For some, polyps disappeared completely.

Jul 29, 2016

Madison Memorial teams up with Huntsman Cancer Institute on clinic

Madison Memorial Hospital and the the Huntsman Cancer Institute have teamed up to better provide cancer patients with convenient and closer services. The goal of the project is to give local patients an easier commute, instead of traveling miles out of town for cancer services. CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital Rachel Gonzales said the last thing you want to do when your sick is think about the burden of traveling far. "You're not feeling well, you're stress you're afraid. You just received the scariest diagnosis of your life. And you're having to travel and leave your family often. So that travel time just adds more stress," Gonzales said. After all, the treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of certain sex hormones to five or 10 times the normal. Two of those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

Jul 26, 2016

Free Cancer Screening for Thousands

Cancer education and outreach is part of mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). That’s the purpose behind the annual Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, a free full-body exam performed by experienced physicians that is available to the public.

Jul 21, 2016

St. Baldrick's Foundation Grants More Than $22 Million For Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce that it has awarded 79 new grants totaling more than $22 million to support the best and brightest researchers looking for cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers.

Jul 21, 2016

St. Baldrick's Foundation Grants More Than $22 Million For Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce that it has awarded 79 new grants totaling more than $22 million to support the best and brightest researchers looking for cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers.

Jul 19, 2016

Grilled Strawberry and Cherry Kebabs

Bursting with flavor and antioxidants, this recipe is the perfect ending to a summer meal.

Jul 19, 2016

Join Mark Koelbel and Timp Harley for the 2016 Ride For Life

Salt Lake City — (KUTV) The 2016 Ride for Life is scheduled for Saturday July 9th and proceeds will benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at the Timpanogas Harley Davidson store in Lindon. The ride will start there and then end at the USANA Ampitheater.

Jul 19, 2016

Drug Combo Reduces Duodenal Polyp Development

Treatment with a two-drug therapy of sulindac and erlotinib reduces the development of precancerous duodenal polyps in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), according to a new study presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and published in Journal of the American Medical Association

Jul 19, 2016

I.V.F. Does Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization have long worried that the procedure could raise their risk for breast cancer. After all, the treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of certain sex hormones to five or 10 times the normal. Two of those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

Jul 19, 2016

Madison Memorial teams up with Huntsman Cancer Institute on clinic

Madison Memorial Hospital and the the Huntsman Cancer Institute have teamed up to better provide cancer patients with convenient and closer services. The goal of the project is to give local patients an easier commute, instead of traveling miles out of town for cancer services. CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital Rachel Gonzales said the last thing you want to do when your sick is think about the burden of traveling far. "You're not feeling well, you're stress you're afraid. You just received the scariest diagnosis of your life. And you're having to travel and leave your family often. So that travel time just adds more stress," Gonzales said. After all, the treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of certain sex hormones to five or 10 times the normal. Two of those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

Jul 19, 2016

Physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia: increasingly legal but still rare

Legalized euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are mainly used by patients with cancer, but remain rare, according to a new analysis of such programs. In the last year alone, California has legalized physician-assisted suicide, Canada legalized both physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and Colombia performed its first legal euthanasia, said John Urwin, a study author from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "In order to inform current debates, it's imperative to understand current laws and practices."

Jul 19, 2016

Cases of Aggressive Prostate Cancer on the Rise, Research Finds

Cases of aggressive prostate cancer appear to be on the rise, researchers reported Tuesday. The good news is it's still rare for prostate cancer to spread. Just 3 percent of cases have already started spreading when men are diagnosed and prostate cancer overall has not become more common, the team found. And the American Cancer Society strongly questioned the findings and the methods used to get them.

Jul 15, 2016

Researchers identify new drug target for treating children with CNS-PNET

Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are the largest group of malignant brain tumors in children. They can arise from the brain's cerebellum or, more rarely, from tissue located throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Little is known about how CNS-PNETs develop, although these tumors are more aggressive than other PNETs and have an overall survival rate of only about 20 percent. In a new study, researchers for the first time have identified a possible target for a new CNS-PNET therapy.

Jul 13, 2016

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

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards recognize and support outstanding clinical investigators at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers who participate extensively in NCI- funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation, and activities promote a culture of successful clinical research. Established in 2009, the awards are intended to help retain investigators in academic clinical research careers. This year, 13 investigators nationwide, including Theresa Werner, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and University of Utah assistant professor of medicine have received the award.

Jul 08, 2016

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Treatments

Ovarian cancer accounts for about three percent of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system - like uterine, cervix, Fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal cancer The reason for this is ovarian cancer is almost always detected at advanced stages (meaning the tumor has typically spread by the time it is diagnosed). Due to this, it is very difficult to cure ovarian cancer.

Jul 05, 2016

HCI Convenes Cancer Moonshot Summit

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

Jul 04, 2016

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery, adapted from www.californiastrawberries.com. Classic grilled salmon gets a summer update with fresh strawberry salsa.

Jun 29, 2016

'Dad, I'm not afraid': Cancer researchers join nationwide brainstorming session

Twenty black diamonds are spangled across six generations of Gregg Johnson's family tree. Each one represents a family member who died of colon cancer.

Jun 28, 2016

Grapefruit Agua Fresca

Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery, adapted from The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach

Jun 25, 2016

Massive crowds hit Hill Air Force Base

It was a special day for University of Utah Doctor Jason Hunt. He's the clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology at the huntsman cancer institute. He got to ride in an F-16 as part of their ‘Hometown Hero’ program.

Jun 23, 2016

HCI Plays Important Role in Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative, launched during President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address and headed by Vice President Joe Biden, is generating excitement and hope in the world of cancer research and care. Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is playing an important role in these efforts.

Jun 22, 2016

Whole Grain Muesli Buttermilk Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmons.

Jun 22, 2016

Dalai Lama visits Utah Tibetan Community Center and speaks to community

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders from the Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Tuesday before speaking to the Utah community at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Emma Houston, and HCI breast cancer survivor had the opportunity to meet with the Dalai Lama.

Jun 22, 2016

Kailos Genetics and Huntsman Cancer Institute Awarded $2.4 Million Grant for ctDNA Test Development

Kailos Genetics, a personalized medicine information company offering leading-edge gene-based testing, today announced they have entered into a collaboration with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah to develop a clinical-grade test for circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). Backed by a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the minimally invasive test will be used to monitor patients for breast cancer disease recurrence.

Jun 22, 2016

Person in custody on suspicion of igniting grass fire by Huntsman Cancer Institute

A person is in custody on suspicion of starting a grass fire by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Monday evening. At about 5:30 p.m., Salt Lake City firefighters responded to several reports of the grass fire north of the building, according to tweets from the fire department. The flames covered a 50-foot by 50-foot area.

Jun 21, 2016

Dalai Lama Meets with Huntsman Cancer Institute Leaders, Blesses Patients

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah during a brief visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute today, Tuesday, June 21. His visit coincides with his appearance later in the afternoon at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center where he will speak about compassion and universal responsibility.

Jun 20, 2016

Person 2 Person: Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO

Mary Beckerle is the CEO and Executive Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Beckerle grew up in New Jersey. She lost her father to emphysema when she was just 12 years old. "We were a happy, normal family and then all of a sudden my dad starting having trouble breathing," she said. She recalls her father couldn't go downstairs to watch her and her sisters perform the plays they would make up.

Jun 20, 2016

Pig on the Plaza

Famous Dave's BBQ is helping raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute by selling $6 lunch plates at the Gallivan Plaza on Friday. It starts at 11 a.m. Stop by to grab a bite for a good cause!

Jun 17, 2016

In-person, telephone genetic counseling yield similar outcomes

Genetic counseling by telephone was noninferior to in-person counseling among women at increased risk of hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer (HBOC) for all psychosocial, decision-making, and quality-of-life measures, investigators found. In addition, genetic testing was more common among women who received in-person counseling and women who lived in rural settings.

Jun 17, 2016

Huntsman Education Project Focuses on Tri County Due to High Cancer Numbers

Researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute completed a health needs assessment on Wednesday, spurred by higher-than-usual numbers of lung, colon and breast cancer in several rural areas including the TriCounty Health District.

Jun 17, 2016

Cancer survivors ride for the Huntsman Cancer Institute

What a day of inspiration for the 6th year of the ‘Huntsman 140’. 900 cancer survivors rode their bikes to raise funds and support research for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Jun 15, 2016

2016 Outstanding Director Awards

It is impossible to quantify the value a director brings to a board and the organization it serves. Most board directors hold a uniquely wide perspective, having gleaned hard-won wisdom from decades of experience within their own industry and, typically, multiple other industries and nonprofit endeavors. This is the case with this year’s Outstanding Directors, who have founded or led large organizations, as well as given their passion and resources to nonprofit efforts.

Jun 10, 2016

Partners to Prevent Cancer

JOSHUA SCHIFFMAN IS A LOVER OF ALL THINGS ELEPHANT. As a pediatric oncologist and a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics, he and his exceptional team from Primary Children’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah are working to expand the focus of childhood cancer research to include prevention— and elephants have become important partners in that work. Curious, we sat down with Dr. Schiffman to find out more. A new artist in residence program allows cancer patients bring some color back to their lives by expressing themselves through art.

Jun 10, 2016

Utah Has Highest Skin Cancer Rate In Nation

New statistics out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that Utah has the highest rate of skin cancer in the nation. Mark Hyde is a Physician Assistant on the Melanoma Team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He says it’s a combination of risk factors that make Utahns so susceptible to melanoma.

Jun 09, 2016

Letter of Hope from the Varley Lab

You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), but we want to let you know that we are working hard in the Varley Lab in the HCI research building next door. We conduct research that improves the treatment and care of patients like you. We are a small group of dedicated young men and women who are developing new strategies to diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancer.

Jun 03, 2016

Children's Hospital & Medical Center patients get a taste of the circus

The atrium floor was the stage, the lobby chairs made up the grandstand. For a morning, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center wasn’t really a hospital but a circus. Clowns, dancers, acrobats and a ringmaster from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed Friday at Children’s in Omaha.

Jun 03, 2016

Mountain Crane Service Names Pink Machine “Hope” to Build Cancer Awareness

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Mountain Crane Service painted a Grove TMS9000E crane pink as a tribute to members of its workforce whose lives have been affected by cancer. The company named the crane “Hope” in honor of crane operator Tyson Allen, who died of cancer in 2012. The pink crane can be seen in the photo assisting in the construction of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

Jun 03, 2016

New WHO Glioma Classification Can 'Optimize Patient Treatment Going Forward'

The 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Infiltrating Gliomas alters diagnostic criteria, providing the basis for clinical trial inclusion or exclusion based on an integrated diagnosis and setting the stage for all future research, according to a summary of 4 posters related to CNS biomarkers presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting.

Jun 03, 2016

Children's Hospital & Medical Center patients get a taste of the circus

The atrium floor was the stage, the lobby chairs made up the grandstand. For a morning, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center wasn’t really a hospital but a circus. Clowns, dancers, acrobats and a ringmaster from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed Friday at Children’s in Omaha.

Jun 03, 2016

Subway Helps Fuel Cancer Research at Huntsman 140

In its sixth year, the Huntsman 140 has grown in attendance, and in overall fundraising. This event is a friendly fundraising ride designed to bring the community together toward a common goal of expanding cancer research for children and families. This year, Subway stores are sponsoring the event by providing sandwiches for riders to fuel up during the ride. Ed Brunisholz, a local Subway sandwich shop owner and rider in the Huntsman 140, said there are Subway owners across the state that have a family member with cancer, and that even some of their regular guests are affected by the disease.

Jun 03, 2016

New treatment shows promise against hard-to-treat eye cancer

Eye cancer took the life of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks last year, bringing attention to the rare and deadly disease. Scientists have tried to develop precision treatments against cancers like this one, but the mutations that cause them have proven difficult to block with drugs. Now, a team led by scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Navigen, Inc., report a new treatment that shows promise against the hard-to-treat cancer. They found that the mutation relies on a protein, ARF6, to distribute cancer-promoting signals. Further, a drug that blocks ARF6 inhibits eye tumors in mice. The research appears in Cancer Cell online on June 2. Skin-cancer specialists agree. “Clothing is always going to work better than sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays,” said Dr. Douglas Grossman, an expert in skin cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. And unlike sunscreens, which we tend to use too sparingly, “it’s not going to wash off.”

Jun 03, 2016

Save your skin with sun-protective clothing

The ultimate in sun safety is UV-protective clothing, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Skin-cancer specialists agree. “Clothing is always going to work better than sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays,” said Dr. Douglas Grossman, an expert in skin cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. And unlike sunscreens, which we tend to use too sparingly, “it’s not going to wash off.”

Jun 02, 2016

Oliver Sacks’ Rare Eye Disease Gives Rise to New Strategy for Treating Difficult Cancers

Eye cancer took the life of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks last year, bringing attention to the rare and deadly disease. Scientists have tried to develop precision treatments against cancers like this one, but the mutations that cause them have proven difficult to block with drugs.

May 31, 2016

Sisters diagnosed weeks apart fight breast cancer together

Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs.

May 18, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute holding focus group, seeks input

TriCounty Health Department will host a community focus group where local residents are invited to discuss cancer health needs and concerns. Input will help to create education materials tailored to the community.

May 16, 2016

Jon Huntsman Sr. ‘excited for the second coming of The Salt Lake Tribune

If Paul Huntsman succeeds in buying The Salt Lake Tribune, it will fulfill what at times has seemed an all-but-unattainable goal to his billionaire father.

May 16, 2016

American Association for cancer research recognized research grantees at the annual meeting 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored its new grant recipients at the Grants Reception and Dinner at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, which was held in New Orleans April 16-20.

May 13, 2016

Nurses Week: Featuring Florence Nightingale

It is hard to imagine a world without the care of nurses. Thanks to one dedicated woman in particular, we don’t have to. Florence Nightingale is broadly acknowledged and revered as the pioneer of modern nursing. Although most people know her as the “Lady with the Lamp,” she is much more than that.

May 13, 2016

Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. If melanoma is found early, it is easier to treat. Researchers at the University of Utah and Texas Tech University have identified a new approach for finding suspicious moles that could be melanoma: mole crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing refers to using crowds of people, often recruited online, to accomplish tasks. An individual performing a skin self-exam can miss about half of melanomas. But with mole crowdsourcing, one example showed if at least 19 out of 100 people think a mole is suspicious, then a doctor should examine it. Researchers are developing a cell phone application that will allow people to take a photo of a mole and have that image evaluated by other users. Learn more in The Scope Radio podcast about mole crowdsourcing, or about our Melanoma Program and the services it offers to diagnose and treat this disease.

May 12, 2016

From Special Forces to Oncology Nursing

In celebration of Nurses Week, today’s highlighted nurse is Bob Peacock. Bob works in our Acute Care Clinic, fills in as a nursing supervisor, and was a nurse on the BMT unit for many years.

May 11, 2016

A Culture of Safety: Nurses Week

Huntsman Cancer Institute nurses work hard to maintain a safe environment for our patients. Cancer patients are some of the most vulnerable patients in health care. Due to their treatment or disease, they have compromised immune systems. This means there is a decreased number of white blood cells making it difficult to fight infection. HCI has a nurse dedicated to Infection Prevention.

May 10, 2016

Finding a Little Fun: Nurses Week, Day 2

For a group of professionals who take their work very seriously, Huntsman Cancer Institute nurses also find time to fit a little “fun” into their lives at work. Many times this involves food or theme events, such as wearing crazy socks. They always find creative ways to bring a smile to a patient as well.

May 09, 2016

Celebrating Our Nurses

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we have an extraordinary team of nurses and support professionals who contribute to our patient care at every step—from clinic visits to infusion to surgery to wellness to family support. I am extremely proud of the high quality of care our nurses deliver to our patients and families who are dealing with the enormous physical and emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis.

May 09, 2016

A Sense of Pride: Our Director of Nursing

I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to be the Director of Nursing Services at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Officially, Nurses Week starts May 6 and ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She was an amazing woman. Here are a few things you may not know about nurses.

May 09, 2016

Study contradicts belief that cancer protects against Alzheimer’s

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease--raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder--a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don't live long enough to get Alzheimer's. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

May 09, 2016

Last performing Ringling Bros. elephants arrive at retirement home

Elephants at their new Polk City home The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus' 11 remaining Asian elephants, after final May 1 performances in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Providence, R.I., arrived last Thursday at Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City. The elephants joined Ringling's herd of 29 to live out their days.

May 09, 2016

National stereotactic radiosurgery patient registry gains momentum

Brainlab announced that it has enrolled 11 of the expected 30 hospitals and healthcare systems in the national Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Patient Registry. Launched in partnership with The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the patient registry will gather important patient data, aiming to define national patterns of care in radiosurgery. The registry will have an eye to improving healthcare outcomes, supporting informed decision-making and potentially lowering the cost of care for patients.

May 09, 2016

Salt Lake Bees to ‘Pack the Park Pink’ Saturday night

When the Salt Lake Bees take the field on Saturday, May 7 they will be playing for the name on the front and the back of their jersey. The Bees teamed up with Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) to allow donors to pick the names on the back of the on-field jerseys for the team's 10th annual "Pack the Park Pink Night" at Smith's Ballpark on Saturday, May 7.

May 05, 2016

Empowering Thousands with Cancer Information

Donna Branson's first job out of college was with the Cancer Information Service of Utah and Idaho as a Cancer Information Specialist. They operated out of the Utah Regional Cancer Center in the University of Utah School of Medicine—an office of six people.

May 05, 2016

Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects against Alzheimer’s

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease—raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder—a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Apr 25, 2016

What Is Cancer Control?

For National Cancer Control Month, Bridget Grahmann, BS, and Yelena Wu, PhD, of The Wu Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) explain what cancer control is and how it helps people with cancer as well as those who may never have it.

Apr 19, 2016

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 11, 2016

Giving Someone a One-in-a-Million Chance at Life

Bone marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute know all too well the importance of finding a donor who is a match. Maggie Kasten, a bone marrow donor and a research scientist in the Cairns Lab at HCI, also understands.

Apr 04, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO to Join Federal Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO and director, Mary Beckerle, PhD, has been asked to join Vice President Joe Biden’s Moonshot Program Initiative as an invited member of a new Blue Ribbon Panel, tasked with advising the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) on the scientific opportunities available to accelerate progress against cancer and evaluate potential new investments in cancer research.

Mar 23, 2016

Tomato, Avocado, and Kale Salad

Creamy avocado, tangy feta, and bright tomatoes combine with crisp kale in this fresh salad.

Mar 22, 2016

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Dr. Sid Mukherjee Joins HCI Panel Discussion

There are limits to precision medicine – the genome-mapping wave permeating health care these days. And no one is more aware of the gap between technology and science than cancer doctors. A panel gathered at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) March 23 warned about the boundaries, even the dangers, of relying too much on “big data” to treat patients with uniquely variable diseases.

Mar 22, 2016

New Treatment Reduces Precancerous Polyps in Hereditary Cancer Patients

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

Mar 18, 2016

The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure

Each year, hundreds of cyclists hit the road between Delta and Salt Lake City, Utah. Many ride 25 miles, a few ride the full 140. All ride to find a cure for cancer. Now in its sixth year, the Huntsman 140 event is a fundraiser to support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). The 2016 goal is $525,000.

Mar 17, 2016

Kale, Endive, Brussels Sprouts, and Radicchio Salad

Dark green leafy vegetables like kale and cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts are full of cancer-fighting properties, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Paired them with endive, radicchio, and a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette for a bright, flavorful, healthy side.

Feb 29, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute Hosts Vice President Joe Biden

(February 26, 2016) – Today Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) hosted Vice President Joe Biden as a part of the White House administration’s “moonshot” initiative to double the rate of progress toward curing cancer. During his visit, the vice president toured the facility, was given an inside look at the Utah Population Database and participated in a roundtable discussion comprised of Huntsman Cancer Foundation board chairman Jon Huntsman Jr., CEO and director of HCI Dr. Mary Beckerle and Senator Orrin Hatch. Local cancer survivors and physicians, researchers and experts in the field also participated in the roundtable.

Feb 26, 2016

Huntsman Cancer Institute Welcomes Vice President Joe Biden

Huntsman Cancer Institute Welcomes Vice President Joe Biden. Watch his visit on our live video stream now. #cancermoonshot

Feb 18, 2016

Cancer MoonShot 2020 Announces the Formation of a National Pediatrics Consortium

Cancer MoonShot 2020 announced the formation of the Pediatrics Consortium. This group of researchers from across the country will focus on bringing the promise of combined immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of cancer care to children diagnosed with the disease.

Feb 17, 2016

Five for the Fight

A Utah research company has teamed up with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in an effort to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Today, Provo-based Qualtrics announced a new campaign, Five for the Fight, which invites everyone around the globe to give $5 to the fight against cancer and to challenge five others to do the same.

Feb 04, 2016

Working during and after Cancer Treatment

Every aspect of life is affected when you are diagnosed with cancer, including your job. It is important to know your rights and to think about options as you make decisions about working during or after cancer treatment.

Jan 27, 2016

NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination for the Prevention of Cancer

Approximately 79 million people in the U.S. are currently infected with a human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 14 million new infections occur each year. HPV is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers. HPV is also associated with cancers of the anus, mouth/throat, vagina, and penis. The CDC reports that each year in the U.S., 27,000 men and women are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer. Even though many of these HPV-related cancers are preventable with a safe and effective vaccine, HPV vaccination rates across the United States remain low.

Dec 29, 2015

Patient-Caregiver Help List

When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard for loved ones to know how to help. It can also be difficult to communicate your needs to caregivers, co-workers, friends, and family.

Dec 17, 2015

Keep on Moving to Keep Off the Weight

To help make sure you don’t gain, but maintain your weight this holiday season, we’ve come up with a few tips for staying active.

Dec 17, 2015

When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Family Members Are At Increased Risk

Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3-5% of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer began is unknown. In these individuals a cancer diagnosis is made because it has metastasized to other sites. Patients with these so-called “cancers of unknown primary,” or CUP, have a very poor prognosis, with a median survival of three months. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology finds that family members of CUP patients are at higher risk of developing CUP themselves, as well as cancers of the lung, pancreas, colon, and some cancers of the blood.

Dec 08, 2015

5 Ways to Fight the Flu

Learn how to fight the flu for National Influenza Vaccination Week. Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if you have cancer, you should get the flu shot but avoid the nasal spray vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine contains a live virus, which may be hard for your weakened immune system to fight. Check out the infographic for other ways to prevent the flu.

Dec 08, 2015

Don’t Gain, Maintain

Did you know that on average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds per holiday season? The extra weight can really add up year after year. The good news is it doesn’t take big changes to make a difference. Setting a few goals may be all it takes to maintain your weight throughout the season. Take a look at these tips for setting goals.

Dec 02, 2015

Social Media: An Avenue for Patient-to-Patient Support

This is the first in a series of blog entries about social media and cancer. In future posts, we will share social media resources for breast cancer patients, adolescents and young adults with cancer, and patients who have skin cancer or are at risk for developing it. We hope to share stories that might not otherwise be seen by audiences who would benefit.

Nov 27, 2015

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping Listcreated by HCI and Harmons.

Nov 22, 2015

Turning Gratitude into Advocacy

Chad Wright knows he is fortunate when it comes to his experience with pancreas cancer. Most pancreas cancer is diagnosed at a much less treatable, much less curable stage. And that is exactly why he wants to share his story.

Nov 20, 2015

Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pancetta

Recipe courtesy Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmons.

Nov 19, 2015

Possible New Mechanism for Aspirin's Role in Cancer Prevention

Aspirin has been shown to decrease the risk of colorectal cancer and possibly other cancers. However, the risk of side effects, including in some cases severe gastrointestinal bleeding, makes it necessary to better understand the mechanisms by which aspirin acts at low doses before recommending it more generally as a preventative, says Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, Senior Director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

Nov 05, 2015

Care for the Caregiver

You may think you are just doing what anyone would do for a loved one being treated for cancer, but anyone who helps is a caregiver. Caregivers may be family or friends who drive a patient to appointments, prepare a meal, watch children, or go shopping. Some caregivers provide full-time care. Others just listen.

Oct 30, 2015

Twice a Survivor

Mary Chamberlain had completed treatment for one type of cancer, melanoma, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks about her journey with both cancers, including how she got through chemotherapy when she thought her body couldn’t take it anymore.

Oct 28, 2015

A Cancer-Killing Cold Sore Virus Fights Late Stage Melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced October 27 that it has approved, for the first time, an oncolytic (cancer-killing) viral therapy in the U.S. The drug was approved for use against late stage melanoma, a deadly skin cancer that can be difficult to treat.

Oct 08, 2015

Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer

Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Arizona State University, and including researchers from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, may have found the answer.

Sep 14, 2015

From Directing Calls to Feeding Patient Families

“Our wonderful hospital operators group organized a food drive and delivered the goods this afternoon,” says Adrienne Wilson, Lodging Manager of University of Utah Health Care Pati​​ent and Family Housing​ and the Huntsma​n Cancer Institute Apartments​. “This food will go a long way to make our guests more comfortable and help them during what is sometimes a very stressful time financially. Many thanks to our friends Jessica, Kim, and Dzevad for delivering the food to us; and a heartfelt thank you from all of us to all the staff in their department.”​

Aug 31, 2015

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters

When it comes to fruits and veggies, more is what matters. After all, they are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, they help maintain weight and energy, and they aid in disease prevention. For Fruits and Veggies—More Matters month, here are a few ideas for introducing extra produce into your diet.

Aug 31, 2015

Fruit and Nut Granola

Filled with whole grains, fiber, and fruit, this healthy granola can be enjoyed for breakfast or a snack.

Aug 13, 2015

Just Peachy

Peaches contain healthy compounds that may help reduce cancer risk, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Here are some tasty ways to enjoy them.

Jul 22, 2015

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Fire up the grill for this yummy recipe. It’s so flavorful, you’ll forget it’s healthy!

Jul 22, 2015

Poor Survival in Multiple Myeloma Patients Linked to Genetic Variation

As part of a multi-institutional effort, researchers with Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have found that multiple myeloma patients with a genetic variation in the gene FOPNL die on average 1-3 years sooner than patients without it.

Jul 09, 2015

National Cancer Institute Awards Huntsman Cancer Institute Elite Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah its Comprehensive Cancer Center status, the highest designation possible.

Jul 03, 2015

Pico de Gallo

Here’s a fresh summer recipe everyone will love. Serve this pico de gallo with baked corn chips or use as a topping on grilled chicken or fish, burritos, tacos, or salads.

Jun 26, 2015

The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination

Walking into clinic, I found the patient and his wife looking tired and apprehensive. From what I knew of his medical history, his cancer had not responded to any standard treatments, each drug failing to restrain the tumor’s advance for more than a few months. The patient and his wife had talked to their local cancer doctor about clinical trials, had traveled hundreds of miles to Huntsman Cancer Institute, and were clearly anxious to begin the discussion.

May 21, 2015

Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

This bright, healthy salad features berries and dark green leafy vegetables—two foods that fight cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

May 12, 2015

Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

For many people, emotions can be scary and painful, especially when dealing with cancer. Part of the problem is that you don’t know what to do with them when you feel them and often don’t want to appear weak or negative to your loved ones. The truth is that emotions are valuable. You can learn a lot about yourself and your needs when you acknowledge them.

Apr 21, 2015

Study Finds Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Enrolled in Social Security Support as Adults

Children with cancer have a good chance of surviving the disease—today more than 80% survive due to advances in treatment and care. However, recent studies have shown that some of these more than 420,000 U.S. childhood cancer survivors face future health related challenges as they become adults such as a second cancer diagnosis, cardiac failure, or other severe medical complications.

Apr 16, 2015

Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

The day after Christmas in the year 2000, Jeff Warren received devastating news: he had stage IV head and neck cancer, which gave him—at best—a 25% chance to live five years. His radiation oncologist could see Jeff struggling with the diagnosis. The physician wrote down his home phone number and gave it to Jeff, saying, “If there’s anything you need, anytime, call me. I’m here for you.” That moment made an impression on Jeff. He says, “I realized I was working with a physician who felt he and his institution had some skin in the game. It wasn’t just that I was a patient, or a number, or one of the many. To him I was an individual.”

Apr 16, 2015

Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Cigarettes get most of the blame for causing cancer when it comes to tobacco products. For Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, we want to remind you that smokeless tobacco products are just as harmful as cigarettes and can also cause cancer.

Apr 13, 2015

Characterization of the Nutrient Needs of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Leads to the Identification of a Molecular Signature for Cancer Outcomes

Compared to other types of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancers are often more aggressive and have fewer treatment options. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah have identified a molecular mechanism that triple negative breast cancer cells use to survive and grow.

Apr 13, 2015

Sharing Your Wishes

What are your concerns about your medical treatment if you could not speak for yourself? Who could speak for you? Which treatments fit best with your values?

Apr 06, 2015

Noted UCSF Scientist Joins Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Martin McMahon, Ph.D., joins Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah in August as Professor in the Department of Dermatology and HCI Senior Director of Pre-Clinical Translation. Professor McMahon is currently the Efim Guzik Distinguished Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of California, San Francisco and Assistant Director of Professional Education and Co-leader of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCFCCC) Developmental Therapeutics Program.

Mar 19, 2015

Myths and Facts about Colonoscopies

Everybody age 50 or over should talk to their doctor about a colonoscopy screening. If your doctor has recommended you get a colonoscopy but you’re dreading it, check out these myths and facts. Remember, a colonoscopy could save your life.

Mar 04, 2015

Be an Advocate for Yourself

Nicole Anderson has something to tell you when it comes to your medical treatment: “You’re the one paying for your health care. It’s okay to say ‘I’m not okay with that option’ or ‘I think we need to look into this option.’ Always be an advocate for yourself.”

Feb 24, 2015

Is Being Tan Worth Dying For? Perspectives on Beauty from a Melanoma Survivor

I used to be one of the girls who believed tan skin is more beautiful. I used tanning beds. I laid out at the pool without reapplying sunscreen.

Feb 17, 2015

Prevent Cancer Tip 4: Get Cancer Screenings

Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening. Screening tests have many goals. They can help doctors find cancer before symptoms appear, find and treat some types of cancer early, and decrease the chance of dying from cancer.

Feb 05, 2015

Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More

Exercise helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control. It also may help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works. Despite these health benefits, studies show that more than 50 percent of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity.

Feb 03, 2015

Cancer Prevention Tip 1: Don’t Use Tobacco

For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting the 5 behaviors that can prevent approximately 50 percent of cancers.

Jan 27, 2015

Cell Mechanism Discovered That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have found that defects in how cells are squeezed out of overcrowded tissue to die, a process called extrusion, may be a mechanism by which pancreatic cancer begins. From these findings, they may have identified an effective way to reverse the defective extrusion’s effects without destroying normal tissues nearby. The results were published in the latest edition of the journal eLife.

Jan 14, 2015

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate.

Jan 08, 2015

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate.

Jan 02, 2015

Happy New Year from Huntsman Cancer Institute

Every day is a new beginning. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be. -Marsha Petrie Sue

Nov 26, 2014

Research on a Rare Cancer Exposes Possible Route to New Treatments

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) discovered the unusual role of lactate in the metabolism of alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS), a rare, aggressive cancer that primarily affects adolescents and young adults. The study also confirmed that a fusion gene is the cancer-causing agent in this disease. The research results were published online in the journal Cancer Cell November 26.

Nov 21, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator Recognized Among World's Most Cited Researchers

Michael Deininger, MD, PhD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, has been listed among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers in 2014 by Thomson Reuters, an international media firm. The list includes more than 3,000 authors worldwide in 21 science and social science fields, representing the top 1% of authors most cited in their specialty areas for the years 2002 to 2012.

Nov 14, 2014

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

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah, has received the 2014 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This highly competitive award recognizes exceptional cancer investigators for contributions to advancing clinical research through collaborative team science.

Oct 23, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives $1M Funding to Study Triple Negative Breast Cancer

A team of researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) will receive more than $1 million over the next three years from a Department of Defense grant to investigate the cellular controls that contribute to breast cancer metastasis.

Sep 19, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Adds Distinguished New Members to External Advisory Board

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announces the appointment of two new members to its External Advisory Board (EAB)—Sandra M. Swain, M.D., and Brian Druker, M.D.

Aug 20, 2014

Blueprint for the Next Generation of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Treatment

Researchers at HCI have identified and characterized mutated forms of the gene that encodes BCR-ABL, the unregulated enzyme driving the blood cancer chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

Jul 17, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives Funding to Establish a National Clinical Trials Network Site

A team of physician-researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) will receive nearly $3.6 million over the next five years in a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a Network Lead Academic Participating Site (NLAPS). The award places HCI in an elite group of only 30 to 40 NLAPS locations nationwide; these sites are part of the NIH effort to create a new National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).

Jul 01, 2014

$5,000,000 Gift to Support Advancing Research about Cancers that Affect Women

Huntsman Cancer Foundation President and CEO, David Huntsman, announced today that the Jon M. Huntsman family and Huntsman Cancer Foundation have made another gift in the amount of $5,000,000 to seed the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Women’s Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). In announcing the gift, Mr. Huntsman stated, “We understand the importance of striking an appropriate balance between investing in buildings and equipment, and also investing in programs and people at Huntsman Cancer Institute. This gift will support the recruitment of top talent in the cancer field to speed discovery from bench to bedside to benefit mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters.”

Jun 19, 2014

A New Tool to Confront Lung Cancer

Only 15% of patients with squamous cell lung cancer – the second most common lung cancer – survive five years past diagnosis. Little is understood about how the deadly disease arises, preventing development of targeted therapies that could serve as a second line of defense once standard chemotherapy regimens fail.

Jun 06, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Breaks Ground for New $105 Million Research Expansion

Construction begins on the new Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at 11 a.m., Friday, June 6, when cancer survivors and friends join HCI founders Jon M. and Karen Huntsman for the official groundbreaking ceremony.

Jun 04, 2014

Four New Genes Confirmed to Increase Familial Breast Cancer Risk One Gene Also Increases Risk for Other Cancers

Four new genes have been added to the growing list of those known to cause increased breast cancer risk when mutated through the efforts of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, who lead an international consortium working to find more gene mutations that cause inherited breast cancer susceptibilities.

May 29, 2014

Reduced Kidney Function Associated with Higher Risk of Renal and Urothelial Cancer

Researchers who investigated the level of kidney function and subsequent cancer risk in more than one million adults have found that reduced glomerular filtration rate (GFR) — a key measure of reduced kidney function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) — is an independent risk factor for renal and urothelial cancer but not other cancer types.

May 19, 2014

The Young Sperm, Poised for Greatness: University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute scientists uncover early steps of totipotency in sperm precursors

In the body, a skin cell will always be skin, and a heart cell will always be heart. But in the first hours of life, cells in the nascent embryo become totipotent: they have the incredible flexibility to mature into skin, heart, gut, or any type of cell.

May 01, 2014

A Worldwide Search for the Genetic Roots of Sarcoma: Utah Researchers Awarded $250,000 International Study Grant

Two physician-researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will be among the principal investigators (PIs) in a new worldwide study focused on the genetics of sarcoma.

Apr 28, 2014

Two Internationally Renowned Researchers Join Huntsman Cancer Institute

Two internationally known scholars, one in the field of cancer prevention and the other in the field of molecular biology, will join Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah as early as September 1.

Mar 20, 2014

Colonoscopy Isn't Perfect: About 6% of Colorectal Cancers Are Missed

About 6 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed within three to five years after the patient receives a clean colonoscopy report, according to new study.

Feb 05, 2014

National Poll Shows Public Divided on Genetic Testing to Predict Cancer Risk

A national poll from the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute shows 34 percent of respondents would not seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer - even if the cost of the testing was not an issue.

Jan 02, 2014

New Cell Mechanism Discovery Key to Stopping Breast Cancer Metastasis

Researchers from HCI discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body (metastasis), as well as a therapy which blocks that mechanism.

Dec 19, 2013

The Renegades of Cell Biology: Researchers Discover Why K-Ras Gene Mutations Prove So Deadly in Cancer

Cells with a mutation in the gene called K-Ras—found in close to 30% of all cancers, but mostly those with worst prognosis, such as pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer—behave in ways that subvert the normal mechanisms of cell death, according to a cell-culture study by researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.

Nov 25, 2013

Cervical Cancer Screening Overused in Some Groups of Women

For the past ten years, clinicians throughout the United States have been performing unnecessary Pap tests for cervical cancer screening in certain groups of women, according to a researcher from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.

Nov 01, 2013

Children's and Families' Cancers Target of New Research Initiative

At a time when the incidence and prevalence of cancers in all age groups—including children—is increasing, and funding for cancer research is on the decline, officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah today announced a plan to expand HCI’s research capabilities—a new, 220,000-square-foot addition.

Oct 22, 2013

Current Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines May Fail to Catch 10 Percent of Colon Cancers

For people with a family history of adenomas, up to 10 percent of colorectal cancers could be missed when current national screening guidelines are followed.

Oct 04, 2013

Children's Cancer Target of $1.73MM Grant

CureSearch for Children's Cancer this week awarded researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah a $1.73 million grant to test a novel targeted treatment for Ewing sarcoma that hopefully will disrupt the cancer's growth and spread. If successful, their work could lead to new treatment for the more than 250 children diagnosed with this rare cancer each year.

Sep 25, 2013

Melanoma Linked to Chronic Sun Damage Target of $1.5 MM Grant

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator Matt VanBrocklin, Ph.D., more than $1.5 million over the next five years to continue studying the role of a gene called c-KIT in the origin and growth of melanoma, a devastating and sometimes deadly skin cancer. VanBrocklin is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah.

Aug 08, 2013

Family Members of Children With Cancer May Also Be At Risk

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the first questions the parents ask is "Will my other children get cancer?" A new study from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah suggests the answer to that question depends on whether or not a family history of cancer exists. The research results were published online in the International Journal of Cancer and will appear in the November 15 print issue.

May 10, 2013

At Fertilization Dad's Genome More Ready Than Mom's; but Mom's Catches Up on Its Own

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered that while the genes provided by the father arrive at fertilization pre-programmed to the state needed by the embryo, the genes provided by the mother are in a different state and must be reprogrammed to match. The findings have important implications for both developmental biology and cancer biology.

Apr 22, 2013

A Powerful, More Accurate, Genetic Analysis Tool Opens New Gene-Regulation Realms

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have developed a novel and powerful technique to identify the targets for a group of enzymes called RNA cytosine methyltransferases (RMTs) in human RNA. They applied their technique to a particular RMT, NSUN2, which has been implicated in mental retardation and cancers in humans, finding and validating many previously unknown RMT targets—an indication of the technique's power. The research results were published online in the journal Nature Biotechnology on April 21.

Mar 27, 2013

New Medical Director Named at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute

John Sweetenham, M.D., currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and Medical Director of the UCSD University of Nevada Cancer Institute, has been appointed Senior Director of Clinical Affairs and Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), and Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Oncology at the University of Utah after a national search. He will assume his post April 1.

Feb 12, 2013

Cancer patients conquer disease, depression through art

Art can be a powerful expression of pain and torment, as well as joy and overcoming. Perhaps it's fitting, then, to take a disease that can often combine all of those emotions — cancer — and make it the basis for a patient's creative endeavors.

Dec 13, 2012

Geography Matters: When Where You Live May Determine If You Live

People who reside in rural areas of Utah are less likely to follow colorectal cancer (CRC) screening recommendations than their urban counterparts, according to researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. This geographic disparity is evident across all risk groups, including those who have a family history of the disease.

Nov 29, 2012

Clinical Trial Delivers Good Results in Leukemia Patients

HCI researchers were part of a team that found a potent oral drug, ponatinib, effective in patients who have developed resistance to standard treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (Ph+ ALL).

Nov 26, 2012

Possible New Treatment for a Childhood Cancer

Discovery of a new drug with high potential to treat Ewing sarcoma, an often deadly cancer of children and young adults, and the previously unknown mechanism behind it, come hand-in-hand in a new study by researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. The report appears in today’s online issue of the journal Oncogene.

Nov 16, 2012

New Discovery about DNA Packaging

A new discovery from researchers at HCI concerning a fundamental understanding about how DNA works will produce a "180-degree change in focus" for researchers who study how gene packaging regulates gene activity, including genes that cause cancer and other diseases.

Oct 31, 2012

Genetic Test Results for Lynch Syndrome Improved with New Computer Program

Many patients who have genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer, receive the inconclusive result "variants of uncertain clinical significance." This can be a problem, as people with Lynch syndrome have a much higher probability to develop colon cancer, and often develop colon cancer at an earlier age than is common among the general population; consequently, they need to begin screening at a much younger age.

Sep 18, 2012

Free Cancer Awareness Expo Saturday Sept 29 at South Towne Expo

Cancer affects everyone. Half of all men and one-third of all women will get cancer in their lifetimes. Exercise, eating healthfully, and getting recommended cancer screenings all contribute to avoiding cancer; the right coping strategies, good nutrition, and accessible support services can make the journey easier for those who have already been diagnosed.

Sep 05, 2012

HIF Gene Mutation Found in Tumor Cells Offers New Clues about Cancer Metabolism

For the first time, a mutation in HIF2α, a specific group of genes known as transcription factors that is involved in red blood cell production and cell metabolism, has been identified in cancer tumor cells.

Aug 16, 2012

New Cancer Clinical Trials Mobile Web Service Coming to Your Smartphone or Tablet

A new mobile web service has been developed to help patients, family members, community physicians, or anyone, find out the most current information about HCI's clinical trials.

Aug 08, 2012

Genomic Study of Rare Children's Cancer Yields Possible Prognostic Tool

A new study of the genetic makeup, or genome, of Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer that strikes children, teenagers, and young adults, has produced multiple discoveries: a previously unknown sarcoma subtype, genetic factors related to long-term survival, and identification of a genetic change between the primary and metastatic stages of the disease that could lead to better, more targeted treatment.

Apr 15, 2012

The Cell's Personal Space A Controlling Factor In Maintaining Healthy Tissue

Cells in normal tissue seem to have "personal space" issues. They know how much space they like, and if things get too tight, some cells are forced to leave.

Apr 09, 2012

Found: A New Leukemia Drug and a New Approach

A new compound shows promise in patient leukemia samples when current treatments fail, say researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U).

Mar 29, 2012

A New Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene

Mutations in a gene called XRCC2 cause increased breast cancer risk, according to a study published online today in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Mar 19, 2012

Beyond the Microscope: Identifying Specific Cancers Using Molecular Analysis

Researchers from HCI report they have discovered a method to identify cancer-causing rearrangements of genetic material called chromosomal translocations quickly, accurately, and inexpensively.

Mar 16, 2012

Sun Safety Poster Contest Open to Utah Students Grades K-8

It's never too early to learn about sun safety, say a group of concerned Utah physicians. That's why they've partnered with the SHADE Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring a national poster contest to Utah students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Mar 09, 2012

Life-Saving Lung Cancer Screening Now Offered at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is now offering lung-cancer screening using low-radiation CT (computed tomography) technology.

Jan 26, 2012

Jon M Huntsman Jr named Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (HCI) today announced that Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. will be appointed to the position of Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (the Foundation), effective immediately.