Jan 24, 2022

Ask an Expert: Cervical Cancer

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

Jan 06, 2022

Amit Maity, MD, PhD, to Lead Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Utah Health

Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health welcome Amit Maity, MD, PhD, to serve as professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology for the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at University of Utah. Maity is a physician-scientist who currently serves at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dec 23, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act

December 23, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Cancer Act. From Huntsman Cancer Institute’s founding, to its growth into a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, to its rapidly growing outreach projects of today, this legislation had, and continues to have, a profound impact.

Dec 22, 2021

Werner Appointed New Senior Director of Clinical Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Theresa Werner, MD, has been appointed senior director of clinical research at Huntsman Cancer Institute by Neli Ulrich, PhD, MS, executive director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Werner, a physician scientist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah.

Dec 21, 2021

Scientists Research New Device to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Detection of skin cancer relies on visual examination, making it hard to reliably determine the skin cancer subtype and its extent of invasion into the skin. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have developed a potential new device to diagnose skin cancer using an electrical current.

Dec 20, 2021

New Research Highlights Potential Role of Gas Plasma in Leukemia Treatment

A unique collection of tissue samples donated by people with chronic myeloid leukemia was the driving force behind the discovery of a potentially major new treatment approach for drug-resistant leukemia. The tissue samples were provided by cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Dec 15, 2021

New Research Highlights Impact of Cancer Treatment on Fertility in Women

In a new study, Utah researchers report that cancer treatment is linked to a decrease in births. They share their findings and talk about oncofertility, the area of medicine that supports cancer patients who want to have children someday.

Dec 10, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Outpatient Clinics Earn Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s outpatient clinics have earned a Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award. The award recognizes health care facilities who maintain consistently high levels of excellence in patient experience, employee engagement, physician engagement, or clinical quality performance.

Dec 08, 2021

Nicola Camp, PhD, Named Director of the Utah Population Database

Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic epidemiologist Nicola Camp, PhD, has been appointed director of the Utah Population Database. This database contains medical records and other information from 11 million individuals and helps researchers identify genetic patterns of disease, including cancer.

Dec 02, 2021

Scientist in Training Awarded Grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Aria Vaishnavi, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Huntsman Cancer Institute is an awardee of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation 2021 Scientific Grant Program. Vaishnavi will be using this grant to better understand lung cancer caused by inhaled radon gas.

Dec 01, 2021

Sequencing of Bone Marrow DNA May Predict Leukemia Relapse After CAR-T Therapy With Sufficient Time to Intervene

In pediatric and young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treated with tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah), DNA sequencing-based detection accurately identified all patients who would eventually relapse, while other methods were less predictive, according to a study published in Blood Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Nov 29, 2021

Dealing with Compassion Fatigue One Day at a Time

Shay Wright became full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Taking small steps every day, she improved her physical and mental health.

Nov 24, 2021

Life Is Good, Even When It’s Not

Normal life can sometimes be a struggle. Adding cancer to the equation can make it seem impossible. However, as Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Pam Montgomery points out, it’s the little things in life that can provide positive reinforcement each and every day.

Nov 23, 2021

Researchers Uncover Insights into How Moles Change into Melanoma

Melanoma researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute published a study that gives a new explanation of what causes moles to change into melanoma. These findings pave the way for more research into how to reduce the risk of melanoma, delay development, and detect melanoma early.

Nov 22, 2021

A Caregiver's Journey to Healing through Art

University of Utah student Griffin Hale created an art installation focused around his mother, who has metastatic breast cancer. “The Caregiver’s Window” remained for just a few days, but the emotional impact may last a lifetime.

Nov 19, 2021

What to Know if You’re Nervous about Mammograms

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers diagnosed in women, yet many women still get anxious when it comes to getting a mammogram. Here, we outline what a mammogram is and walk through a typical appointment.

Nov 17, 2021

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

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

Nov 16, 2021

Can You Get Lung Cancer if You Don’t Smoke?

Even though people who smoke tobacco are at highest risk for lung cancer, non-smokers can get the disease. Learn the lung cancer risk factors for non-smokers so you can prevent lung cancer or reduce your risk.

Nov 15, 2021

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

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

Nov 12, 2021

Learn Your Family's Health History this Holiday

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

Nov 08, 2021

Talks With Docs: Trudy Oliver, Lung Cancer Researcher

Trudy Oliver, PhD, discusses her decision to become a cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute, why researching lung cancer in so challenging and what the future holds in terms of treatments in the latest Talks with Docs.

Nov 03, 2021

Risk of Age-Related Diseases May Be Higher in Younger B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors than in Their Older Counterparts

Younger B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) survivors had a higher relative risk of developing age-related diseases than older B-NHL survivors five years of more after cancer diagnosis, according to results published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Nov 03, 2021

Insurance Approvals, Drug Costs, Coverage Questions...Our Medication Access Coordinators Can Help

By working with pharmacies and insurance companies, medication access coordinators help patients receive the best care for the lowest price. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Shawn Newton describes his role and gives us an in-depth look at the role medication access coordinators play.

Nov 01, 2021

Oncology Nurse Becomes Cancer Caregiver to Her Own Mom

Cassidy Kotobalavu faced cancer on a daily basis while working as a nurse educator at HCI. In 2015, it hit home when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The support she received from HCI staff allowed her to get a rare glimpse at the important roles played in one person’s cancer journey.

Oct 27, 2021

Tee It Up Foundation Raises $1 Million for Cancer Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Tee It Up Foundation has reached an incredible milestone—$1 million in funds raised for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. A longtime community partner of Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Tee It Up Foundation was established with the goal of “changing the outcome from hope to cure.”

Oct 27, 2021

Letter of Hope from Matt Covington, MD, from the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging

“We want to help individuals with cancer receive the best imaging possible,” says Matt Covington, MD. Dr. Covington is a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute who specializes in cancer imaging. In this letter of hope, he explains why he is passionate about his research and how advances in cancer imaging can help patients today and in the future.

Oct 25, 2021

Talks with Docs: Phoebe Freer, Chief of Breast Imaging at HCI

Phoebe Freer, MD, chats about what happens in the breast imaging department at HCI, some common concerns from patients and how a traumatic car accident inspired her to become a doctor in the latest Talks with Docs.

Oct 22, 2021

Improve Your Sleep with Acupuncture

Many health issues are linked with poor sleep, from high blood pressure to a weakened immune system. Acupuncture can help. This therapeutic technique has been safely and effectively proven to get you a good night’s rest.

Oct 20, 2021

Will a Mammogram Work for Me? FAQs about Small Breasts, Dense Breasts, and Implants

If you have small breasts, dense breasts, or breasts with implants, you may wonder whether a mammogram will work for you. Huntsman Cancer Institute breast radiologist Phoebe Freer, MD, explains what you need to know about mammograms for these breast types.

Oct 18, 2021

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

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

Oct 15, 2021

Can I Afford Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk?

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

Oct 13, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researcher Receives Grant to Study Pediatric Proton Therapy

Huntsman Cancer Institute physician and researcher Matthew Poppe, MD, received a National Cancer Institute grant to study side effects of different types of radiation—proton therapy and traditional radiation therapy—in the treatment of pediatric patients.

Oct 11, 2021

Ask an Expert: Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is considered the earliest form of breast cancer. Kirstyn Brownson, MD, a surgical breast oncologist at HCI, and Phoebe Freer, MD, a radiologist at HCI, share their knowledge and expertise about the disease, its symptoms, and possible treatments.

Oct 08, 2021

A Cause Worth Supporting: Richard and Moonyeen Anderson Commit to Cancer Research

Richard and Moonyeen Anderson believe in the powers of research. Through their experiences with cancer, the Andersons have seen the positive impact of technology. Now, through their gracious giving, they hope to provide better support at HCI.

Oct 04, 2021

Forging a New Path After Brain Cancer

Trevor Schwehr was a student at the University of Utah when he was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer. "I think God literally smacked me upside my head." Read more about his cousin's impact on him and the engineering work he is doing to improve the lives of cancer doctors and patients.

Sep 29, 2021

Dealing with Cancer-Related Fatigue

Cancer-related fatigue is very common. This type of fatigue goes beyond being really tired. It can have a major impact on your daily life. Cancer-related fatigue is caused by several different factors, so here are some tips and tricks for dealing with it.

Sep 27, 2021

Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors, Screening, and Treatment

Theresa Warner, MD, and her colleagues at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancers Program provides comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with ovarian cancer. Learn what risks and factors they look for prior to screening and possible treatment options.

Sep 24, 2021

How to Prevent Falls during Cancer Treatment

Cancer and cancer treatments can increase your risk of falling. Learn how to avoid falls so that you can avoid injury and get through cancer treatment safely.

Sep 22, 2021

Proton Therapy Provides Hope to Local Artist with Brain Tumor

Artist Taylor Lambert was 19 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Listen as she details her journey and how the The Senator Orrin G. Hatch Proton Therapy Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has given patients like her more hope for the future.

Sep 21, 2021

Talks with Docs: Douglas Sborov, Multiple Myeloma Director at HCI

Douglas Sborov, MD, MS, discusses the work being done by the multiple myeloma and clinical trials programs at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He also shares why this work is so meaningful and how a Robin Williams character resonates with him in this latest Talks with Docs.

Sep 20, 2021

8 Silent Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Even though ovarian cancer is not one of the most common women’s cancers, it is one of the deadliest. The symptoms can be vague and easy to ignore. Learn the silent signs of ovarian cancer and talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Sep 17, 2021

Why I Participate in Employee Giving

HCI’s Ashlee Harrison deals with cancer every day. Here, she shares personal and professional experiences to explain why giving back holds such importance for her.

Sep 15, 2021

Uterine Cancer Risk Factors, Screening, and Treatment

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

Sep 14, 2021

Trainee Receives National Cancer Institute Award

Huntsman Cancer Institute predoctoral fellow Prasoona Karra, MS, was selected to receive the National Cancer Institute Predoctoral Fellow Transition Award to support her in her late stages of PhD training through transition to postdoctoral position. It will provide up to six years of funding to support Karra’s research.

Sep 13, 2021

Pediatric Proton Therapy: What to Expect

If your child needs proton therapy to treat cancer, you may wonder what that means. Learn what proton therapy is and what to expect as your child goes through pediatric proton therapy treatment.

Sep 10, 2021

2021 PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research

This summer, Huntsman Cancer Institute welcomed back its PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research. Sixteen students and four secondary school science teachers learned valuable lessons while sharing amazing experiences together.

Sep 09, 2021

Patient Experience Scores

HCI prides itself on putting patients first and the data supports it. From information collected via patient surveys, the HCI care experience is rated as one of the best in the nation.

Sep 08, 2021

Lab Finding May Broaden Understanding of How Some Cancers Begin

New research done by the Ullman and Sundquist Labs examines the important role of a quality control process—called an abscission checkpoint— in allowing cells to divide and replicate. Their findings may lead to better understanding of how cancers begin and become more aggressive.

Sep 06, 2021

What is Chemo Brain?

Chemo brain affects many cancer patients. Feeling like you’re living in a fog is natural, but this haziness can impact your life. Here are some ways to help you focus and feel more organized while your brain adjusts during, and after, cancer treatment.

Sep 02, 2021

New Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to More Targeted Melanoma Treatments

Huntsman Cancer Institute melanoma researchers have generated the first “atlas” of where human melanocytes are located in the body. In analyzing the atlas data, the team discovered different types of melanocytes, including what looks to be the cell of origin for an understudied subtype called acral melanoma, which mostly affects people of color.

Sep 01, 2021

45 Is the New 50 for Colorectal Cancer Screening

As research is showing a trend in higher incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in younger adults, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines to be screened for colorectal cancer at age 45 instead of 50.

Aug 31, 2021

A Daughter’s Need Leads to Homegrown Blood Drive

When their daughter Morgan was diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic, the Marietti’s felt helpless. After her treatment was delayed due to a shortage in blood products, they discovered a way to help by holding a blood drive through ARUP Blood Services.

Aug 30, 2021

Striking Out Cancer: Life after a Leukemia Diagnosis

Adam Whitt shares stories from his journey. Starting on the baseball diamond, receiving a cancer diagnosis, and now finding success on the driving range.

Aug 27, 2021

Ko 'ako fekau'aki pea moe kanisa pea moe kakai Tonga mei he community

Take a Tongan language tour through Huntsman Cancer Institute’s giant inflatable colon to learn about colorectal cancer. HCI experts show what a healthy colon looks like and how colorectal cancer and other diseases begin. They explain how you can prevent colorectal cancer through healthy lifestyle habits and regular screening.

Aug 25, 2021

Cancer Survivorship and Genetic Testing

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

Aug 23, 2021

Ask an Expert: What is Amyloidosis?

Amyloidosis is a rare disease and researchers are trying to find new treatments for the disease. Huntsman Cancer Institute's Amandeep Godara, MBBS, tells you more about the disease, including its causes, symptoms and possible treatments.

Aug 19, 2021

New Research Identifies Genomic Markers of Aggressive Childhood Leukemias

New research published today in JAMA Oncology reports how two separate DNA changes appear to predict aggressive childhood leukemias when they occur in combination. This study illuminates genetic understanding of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children with the worst outcomes, including relapse and/or death.

Aug 17, 2021

Living with Lynch Syndrome: A Pageant Queen Raises Awareness

When Stephanie Griffin learned she had Lynch syndrome—an inherited condition that increases the risk for certain cancers—she entered beauty pageants to have a platform where she could raise awareness. Stephanie shares what it’s like living with Lynch syndrome and why she wants to take the taboo out of colonoscopy.

Aug 11, 2021

Advanced Practice Clinicians Play Important Roles at HCI

Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) play a vital role at Huntsman Cancer Institute. These care providers are extremely knowledgeable in a breadth of areas and are important members of any care team.

Aug 10, 2021

Speaking Volumes Through the Power of Music Therapy

Huntsman Cancer Institute patients run through a rainbow of emotions - happiness, sadness, frustration, worry, anxiety. Music therapist Heather Fellows helps them express what they're feeling through instruments and song. Where words sometimes fail, it's the music that speaks volumes.

Aug 06, 2021

How to create a care package for cancer patients

Care packages are a great way to support a friend or loved one during their time at HCI. Struggling to find out what you can buy or do? From gifts to gracious words, here are some helpful suggestions.

Aug 05, 2021

How Cyclotrons Play a Crucial Role in Cancer Treatment

A cyclotron manufactures radiopharmaceuticals for positron emission tomography (PET) scans, which help doctors see where cancer is located inside the body. Huntsman Cancer Institute director of cyclotron operations, Brandon Buckway, explains how the cyclotron is a crucial tool in treating people with cancer.

Aug 02, 2021

Community Initiative Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

With colorectal cancer cases growing in rural populations and among the Pacific Islander community, Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking part in a new initiative. The Screen to Save program aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for both at-risk groups.

Jul 30, 2021

I Can Answer That: Heidi Hanson on Downwinders and Cancer Risk

The University of Utah and Utah Population Database are working to identify, and assist, those exposed to fallout from the Nevada Test Site during the 1950s and 1960s. Heidi Hanson, a researcher with the Utah Population Database, answers some frequently asked questions about these downwinders.

Jul 27, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives Ranking Among Best Cancer Hospitals in the Nation

U.S. News and World Report has again ranked Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah among the best hospitals in the country for cancer care.

Jul 27, 2021

Inspired By Son’s Strength, Family Uses Fundraisers to Advance Research at HCI

"Everyone gravitated toward Adam. He was an incredible competitor." Despite losing their son to synovial sarcoma, David and Karen Singer have taken up his spirit, Through their fundraising efforts and the work of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute, progress is being made to treat this disease.

Jul 22, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Shows Cancer Misinformation Common on Social Media Sites

Misinformation on social media continues to spread. In a new study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, HCI's Skyler Johnson details how harmful information in cancer treatment articles is a growing concern, and how communication between physicians and their patients is more vital than ever.

Jul 19, 2021

Revolutionary Immunotherapy and Ben & Jerry’s: A Melanoma Patient’s Story

Max Rosett faced melanoma as a young adult and a decade later, he is cancer free. He describes how he felt after being diagnosed, the outstanding treatment he received at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the revolutionary immunotherapy clinical trials that helped save his life.

Jul 16, 2021

Talks with Docs: Adriana Coletta, Exercise and Cancer Researcher

Adriana Coletta, PhD, MS, RD, discusses the amazing new work being done for metastatic prostate cancer patients, what the future of exercise cancer research could look like, and her violin skills in the latest Talks with Docs.

Jul 07, 2021

Cancer, Exercise, and Heat: Tips for Staying Cool

Summer makes us want to be active outdoors. But people with cancer may be more prone to heat-related fatigue, hot flashes, sunburn, and dehydration. Huntsman Cancer Institute experts offer tips for beating the heat and protecting your skin so you can safely stay active this summer.

Jul 01, 2021

Finding Better Treatments for Liver Cancer

Liver cancer often doesn’t show symptoms until it has progressed to a late stage, which means it’s harder to treat successfully. Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher and pathologist Kimberley Evason, MD, PhD, wants to find better treatments for advanced liver cancer.

Jun 23, 2021

Proton Therapy Opens in Utah

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

Jun 03, 2021

Talks with Docs: Chakravarthy Reddy, Interventional Pulmonologist

Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, describes his journey to becoming a critical care doctor at Huntsman Cancer Institute, the role his mother played in helping choose this as a career and the changes he has seen in the pulmonology field during his tenure.

Jun 02, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Yield New Insights into the Origins of Synovial Sarcoma

A new study published today in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, reports findings that may change the understanding of how synovial sarcoma develops and spreads. The study was led by Kevin B. Jones, MD and Bradley R. Cairns, PhD from Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Jun 02, 2021

Recipients of the 2021 Susan Cooper Jones Endowed Fellowship in Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute has announced this year’s recipients of the Susan Cooper Jones Endowed Fellowship in Cancer Research – Helen Lillie, Helong Zhao and Peng Zhang.

May 28, 2021

Six New Cancer Research Fellows Announced by 5 For The Fight

Six new cancer researchers will receive funding through the 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellowship, which aims to bring innovative ideas and new ways of thinking to eradicate cancer.

May 25, 2021

How One Couple Made it through a Bladder Cancer Diagnosis during Pregnancy

For two years, Kara and Spencer Byrne tried to get pregnant. When it finally happened, they received another shock—Kara was diagnosed with stage III bladder cancer. They share their story of navigating pregnancy with a cancer diagnosis.

May 21, 2021

Innovative National Clinical Trials in Breast Cancer and Hematologic Cancers Open at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute highlights two examples of clinical trials at HCI exploring new innovations in cancer, including the I-SPY2 trial, studying new approaches for breast cancer treatment, and the SWOG CLL Study S1925, or EVOLVE CLL, an international study evaluating a new approach to chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma.

May 20, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Leading Cancer Centers in Urgent HPV Vaccination Call to Action

Vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have dropped dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Huntsman Cancer Institute and other leading cancer centers urge families and providers to resume HPV vaccination along with other key pediatric health services that have been interrupted by the pandemic.

May 19, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Statement on Colorectal Cancer Screening

Huntsman Cancer Institute now recommends all average-risk adults start colorectal cancer screening at age 45. The new recommendations are based on a rigorous evaluation of existing peer-reviewed evidence.

May 18, 2021

Study of Utah Cancer Care-at-Home Model Demonstrates Lower Costs, Better Outcomes

A study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology expands on evidence of lower health care costs and fewer unplanned health care visits in an acute care model of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Huntsman at Home program, which brings cancer care to patients in their homes.

May 11, 2021

New Research Outlines a Critical Driver in an Immune Cell’s Defense against Melanoma

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have found critical new insights into how cells defend against melanoma. In a report published in Nature Communications, the team describes how an enzyme called nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, or NAMPT, initiates antitumor activity. The researchers suggest that new therapies strengthening this pathway in immune cells could be the foundation for more effective treatments against melanoma.

May 10, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Congratulates Faculty on Recent Academic Honors

Huntsman Cancer Institute recognizes new and renewed endowed chairs, along with the distinguished professorship of faculty. Endowed chairs play an important role in creating a partnership between donors and researchers. Distinguished professors are recognized for academic achievements and dedication to teaching.

May 06, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, to Lead Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Huntsman Cancer Institute has named Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, as executive director of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Okuyemi will oversee efforts at HCI to actively counter racism and promote a culture of belonging, a key strategic priority for the cancer center. This new role expands Okuyemi’s current oversight to include equity, diversity, and inclusion across the full spectrum of the HCI mission.

May 06, 2021

Message from Our Nursing Director

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

May 03, 2021

Getting through Brain Cancer with the Right People around You

When David Reyes had trouble writing, he chalked it up to a nerve issue. But then came headaches so painful he ended up in the ER. David was eventually diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor. David says though brain cancer has left him unable to do certain things, he’s grateful to be alive—and to have wonderful friends and family who have supported him along the way.

Apr 28, 2021

Talks with Docs: Sonal Oza, Cancer Rehabilitation Physician

“We want to provide patients the most comprehensive care possible,’ says Sonal Oza, MD, cancer rehabilitation physician. In this Talks with Docs video, Oza details the importance of cancer rehabilitation and helping patients do what’s important to them.

Apr 27, 2021

Six Things to Know about Mucositis (Mouth Sores)

If you’re on chemo or radiation and you’ve noticed sores in your mouth, you may have mucositis. This side effect of chemotherapy and radiation can cause pain and make it hard to eat. Having mucositis may even lead to limits on your chemotherapy doses. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat mucositis to improve cancer treatment and your quality of life.

Apr 14, 2021

How Occupational Therapy Can Help People with Cancer

Cancer symptoms and treatments can sometimes make it hard for people to do everyday activities. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s occupational therapy service helps people find ways to adapt or change the way they perform daily tasks so they can get back to their normal routines. Learn more about what occupational therapists do and the specific problems they can address.

Apr 12, 2021

Ovarian Cancer Patients Face Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Siqi Hu, PhD, is a member of the Hashibe Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Hu presented results at the 2021 virtual American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder than the general public.

Apr 12, 2021

St. Peter’s Health Announces Affiliation with Huntsman Cancer Institute

St. Peter's Health announced the decision to affiliate with Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and bring a higher level of cancer care to the Helena community. The affiliation with HCI enables patients undergoing cancer and hematology care at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Montana to access a broader variety of treatment options along with top cancer experts at HCI.

Apr 12, 2021

Holding onto Hope for a Family while Facing Ovarian Cancer

Shelli Armstrong was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 29 before she was able to start the family she always wanted. In this guest post, she talks about her initial diagnosis and recent recurrence. Shelli explains her anxieties and struggles as she underwent chemotherapy and surgeries that affected her life and potential for her future family.

Apr 08, 2021

Seeing the Positive During Brain Cancer

For Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, Krista Park Law shares her journey. After being diagnosed with grade III astrocytoma, brain cancer, at the age of 30, she remained positive and brave in the face of a difficult prognosis.

Apr 08, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Shows Melanoma Incidence and Mortality Higher in Utah Compared to Rest of U.S.

Utah had more melanoma deaths than any other state from 1975 to 2013, says a letter published today by HCI researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine. In contrast to the rest of the United States, melanoma mortality in Utah increased by 0.8% per year over that period. The researchers say this data emphasizes the need to stay vigilant about preventing melanoma.

Apr 07, 2021

I Can Answer That: Karlie Allen on Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Coordinator Karlie Allen discusses the importance of her role as an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patient Navigator. Last year, 89,000 AYAs were diagnosed with cancer and through Intermountain Healthcare and Primary Children’s Hospital, they can connect to one another to build community and provide support.

Apr 05, 2021

10 Things to Know about AYA Cancer

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

Apr 02, 2021

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, or the ability to have biological children. Learn about the effects cancer and its treatments have on fertility and how you can preserve your ability to have children.

Apr 01, 2021

A Patient’s Perspective on Breast Cancer, Fertility, and Race

Tiana Rogers, PhD, was trying for a baby and working on her research career when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she describes her cancer treatment and fertility planning care as “textbook,” she knows Black women like her face worse outcomes than other racial groups when it comes to cancer, pregnancy, and various medical issues. Now she’s using her experience to help other women of color achieve health equity.

Apr 01, 2021

Working to Eradicate Cancer Through Research Innovation

Every five to seven years, HCI goes through a rigorous application process to maintain status as a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and prove we meet the highest national standards for cancer care and research. In 2020, the NCI granted renewed status and awarded HCI its best score yet. And despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, HCI submitted more research grants than the year before and kept clinical trials open for 1,800 patients.

Apr 01, 2021

Bridging the Gap for Promising New Drugs

The Accelerator at the University of Utah, headed by Dr. David Bearss, is working in conjunction with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the College of Pharmacy, and the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach and Technology Center to break down the barriers investigators and researchers face in bringing new drugs and technologies to the public.

Apr 01, 2021

Cancer Doesn’t Pause in a Pandemic

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

Apr 01, 2021

Reimagining Research in a Remote World

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

Apr 01, 2021

Bringing Hope Closer to Cancer Patients

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

Apr 01, 2021

Banding Together to Advance Scientific Progress

When cancer researchers from different disciplines work together, they gain new insights into how cancer begins and how it can be treated. HCI is committed to providing an atmosphere where ideas can be created, cultivated, and shared. Here are some examples of how HCI scientists are collaborating to accelerate progress in cancer research.

Apr 01, 2021

Improving Cancer Care and Outcomes in Our Communities

At its core, Huntsman Cancer Institute is dedicated to creating an environment that not only promotes—but insists upon—equity, diversity, and inclusion. Read highlights of noteworthy programs and research from the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program that advance HCI’s quest to create a cancer-free frontier for all communities, no matter their location, income, or insurance status.

Mar 29, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Expert Speaks at Town Hall on Colorectal Cancer in the Black Community

PBS Utah conducted a town hall discussing colorectal cancer in the Black community. Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, was one of two experts featured at the event. The town hall discussed national trends of colorectal cancer diagnoses occurring in younger people, particularly in the Black community. Experts talked about symptoms of colorectal cancer and urged patients to advocate for themselves.

Mar 26, 2021

This Lung Cancer Survivor Fundraises to Give Others Hope

“I can’t tell you how intimidating it is to walk into the doctor’s office and they say those three words—‘You have cancer,’” says Pat Wasilewski. Pat found a path forward through stage IV lung cancer with the many treatment options available to him. Now he raises funds for cancer research through events like Pink Park City to give others the same hope.

Mar 24, 2021

Recorrido por la exhibición de cáncer de colon con expertos del Huntsman Cancer Institute

Haga un recorrido por el gigante colón inflable de Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) para aprender sobre el cáncer colorrectal. Los expertos de HCI muestran cómo se ve un colon sano, cómo comienza el cáncer colorrectal, y otras enfermedades. Explican cómo se puede prevenir el cáncer colorrectal a través de hábitos saludables y exámenes de detección regulares.

Mar 24, 2021

Tour of Colon Cancer Exhibit with Huntsman Cancer Institute Experts

Take a tour through Huntsman Cancer Institute’s giant inflatable colon to learn about colorectal cancer. HCI experts show what a healthy colon looks like and how colorectal cancer and other diseases begin. They explain how you can prevent colorectal cancer through healthy lifestyle habits and regular screening.

Mar 23, 2021

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer

Minimally invasive surgery is a gold standard approach to surgery for colorectal cancer, says colon and rectal surgeon Luke Martin, MD. This type of surgery uses several small incisions rather than one large one, meaning patients usually have less pain and recover more quickly. Dr. Martin explains how minimally invasive surgery works and what benefits it offers to patients.

Mar 23, 2021

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

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

Mar 22, 2021

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

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

Mar 18, 2021

How This Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Can Help Patients Quit Tobacco

Jamie Graybill, LCSW, a tobacco treatment specialist, says quitting tobacco can be very difficult. The Huntsman Cancer Institute Tobacco Cessation Program can help HCI patients quit smoking or using tobacco by providing support and using proven methods. Jamie answers frequently asked questions about how the program works. She gives information about smoking and nicotine and why quitting is the most important step you can take to improve your health.

Mar 03, 2021

Utah Researchers Illuminate Potential Precursors of Blood Cancers

Utah researchers report significant new insights into the development of blood cancers. Comparing DNA data in people with and without blood disorders, the researchers discovered genetic mutations in about 2% of the presumably healthy participants that were identical to those frequently observed in the cancer patients. These findings provide new clues about mutations that may initiate cancer development and those that may help cancer progress.

Mar 02, 2021

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

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

Mar 01, 2021

Cancer and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals face health care disparities and may have an unequal burden of cancer compared with other groups. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to providing quality care to LGBTQ people.

Feb 22, 2021

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

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

Feb 22, 2021

How to Know if You Need Extra Cancer Screening

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

Feb 18, 2021

Healing through Music and Teaching after Breast Cancer

Country singer and music teacher Kaci Whitby was blindsided by a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. Genetic testing revealed she had the BRCA mutation, which increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. After going through chemo and surgery, Kaci is now in follow-up care. She talks about the moments she is grateful for—spending time with family and sharing her love of music with her students.

Feb 17, 2021

Talks with Docs: Bill Salter, Director of Radiation Oncology

“[Huntsman Cancer Institute] is a place where we do the right things for the right reasons,” says Bill Salter, PhD, director of radiation oncology. In this Talks with Docs video, Salter explains what radiation oncology is and talks about why he turned down the chance to work on modeling the space station in order to help people with cancer.

Feb 16, 2021

Ethics, Racism, and Scientific Discovery: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For decades, researchers have used a line of “immortal” human cells that can be grown over and over in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, they originally came from a Black woman named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. HCI’s Cancer Learning Center reviews the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells Lacks’s story and explores the issues of ethics and racism in scientific research.

Feb 05, 2021

Sachin Apte Joins Huntsman Cancer Institute as Chief Clinical Officer

Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health welcome Sachin Apte, MD, MS, MBA. Apte was recruited from Moffitt Cancer Center and will serve as chief clinical officer of HCI and physician-in-chief of the cancer hospital. Selected following an extensive national search, Apte begins his appointment on February 8, 2021.

Jan 28, 2021

Does Cervical Cancer Run in Families?

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

Jan 28, 2021

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

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

Jan 20, 2021

American Society of Hematology Selects Ami Patel to Receive a 2021 ASH Scholar Award

HCI physician-scientist Ami Patel, MD, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to receive a Scholar Award for her research in leukemia. ASH Scholar Awards are one of ASH’s most prestigious research award programs. They provide financial support to fellows and junior faculty who have dedicated their careers to advancing the field of hematology research as they transition from training programs to careers as independent investigators.

Jan 20, 2021

Theresa Werner, MD, on the Importance of the HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening

Did you know cervical cancer can be prevented? The HPV vaccine prevents against infection from the human papillomavirus. This common virus can lead to cervical cancer as well as penile, anal, vulvar, vaginal, and head and neck cancers. HCI gynecologist-oncologist Dr. Theresa Werner talks about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for boys and girls starting at age 11 to 12.

Jan 18, 2021

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.

Jan 13, 2021

Talks with Docs: Robert Judson-Torres, Melanoma Researcher

“Any human disease is so complicated that in order to really have the best care for patients, as well as sort of pushing the envelope on research, you need experts in all of it,” says melanoma researcher Robert Judson-Torres, PhD. In this Talks with Docs video, he explains why he wanted to become a cancer researcher, what he hopes his melanoma research will accomplish, and why Indiana Jones is his inspiration.

Jan 07, 2021

V Foundation Awards Two Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers

Two researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah received awards from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Charles R. Rogers was awarded the 2020 V Scholar Grant, which funds high-impact projects led by faculty who are early in their careers. Jennifer Doherty received the 2020 Robin Roberts Cancer Thrivership Research Award, which supports research areas related to survivorship.

Jan 05, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Receives Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah received the Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award for their high performance in outpatient clinics. The award recognizes hospitals that have had consistent high levels over the last three years in patient experience, employee engagement, physician engagement, or clinical quality performance. HCI Hospital was in the top three highest scores for exceptional patient experience.

Jan 04, 2021

Doctors Urge Utah women Not to Delay Mammograms Because of the Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a major impact on health care delivery this year. In spring 2020, as part of the extraordinary precautions designed to keep people safe, certain medical appointments were postponed. These included cancer screenings such as mammograms. Phoebe Freer, MD, a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute, is leading efforts to help women get access to lifesaving mammography screenings. Her team has worked to implement a variety of safety protocols to help keep patients safe

Dec 30, 2020

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

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

Dec 21, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Cancer Patients

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

Dec 18, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Gertz and Oliver as Cancer Center Research Program Leaders

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah announced Jay Gertz, PhD, and Trudy G. Oliver, PhD, have accepted invitations to serve as co-leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center research programs. Gertz will serve alongside Jared Rutter, PhD, as co-leader of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. Oliver will serve alongside Sheri Holmen, PhD, as co-leader of the Cell Response and Regulation Program.

Dec 14, 2020

CDC Awards Huntsman Cancer Institute $3 Million to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve Utah’s colorectal cancer screening rates. This funding will provide colorectal cancer screening and follow-up services to people between 50 and 75 years of age through partnership with health systems across Utah.

Dec 09, 2020

Think of the Whole Picture When Choosing Breast Cancer Treatment

Connie Collier didn’t waste any time getting back to life after breast cancer surgery. The 70-year-old retired VA medical support specialist and Air Force veteran doesn’t like to sit around. She’d rather spend time camping, canoeing, fishing, or—better yet—riding her motorcycle. So when Connie needed to choose a treatment for breast cancer, she asked herself which option would let her resume her active lifestyle as soon as possible.

Dec 07, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Treats First Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient on New Phase I Clinical Trial

The first patient in the world to be enrolled on a clinical trial of a new investigational drug, AN0025, was treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah earlier this year. The drug is being studied for use in patients with non-small cell lung cancer and other solid tumors who have previously been treated with immunotherapy and whose cancers later developed ways to resist immunotherapy.

Dec 04, 2020

Fighting to Improve Outcomes in Gastrointestinal Cancers by Understanding Risk Factors and Related Chronic Diseases

Sheetal Hardikar, MBBS, PhD, MPH studies multiple aspects of gastrointestinal cancers, particularly cancers of the esophagus and colon. Over the last few years, she has focused her work on understanding the complex relationship between diabetes and cancer. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship will provide her a whole new set of resources to help accelerate her progress in improving outcomes for people with cancer.

Dec 03, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Identify Promising Drug Combination for Melanoma

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have identified a potential drug combination to treat uveal melanoma, a type of eye cancer. Lead author Amanda Truong, trainee in the McMahon Lab at HCI, explains uveal melanoma patients frequently have changes in genes called GNAQ and GNA11, which are key targets for these drugs. This study was published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Dec 01, 2020

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.

Nov 30, 2020

What Is the Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

Do you know the difference between palliative care and hospice care? These two types of supportive care often get confused with one another. While they both help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life, they have some important differences. Learn more about palliative care and hospice care and how they can help people with cancer.

Nov 27, 2020

Fighting Melanoma and Other Cancers Using Immunotherapy

For Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, MD, PhD, it was the promise of immunotherapy—that is, harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer—that inspired her to get into cancer research. Training under one of the pioneers of immunotherapy, she witnessed amazing survival stories of patients. The project Hu-Lieskovan proposed for the 5 For The Fight grant is to tackle the immune-related adverse events when adding different immunotherapies.

Nov 20, 2020

Fighting to Improve Cancer Outcomes with Diet and Exercise

Adriana Coletta was gearing up for a career in sports dietetics until she completed her dietetic internship. As part of a medical team, she fell in love with patient care but knew her passion was in exercise. She decided to dedicate her life to integrating the principles of nutrition and exercise to those she felt could really benefit and who might be unaware or not focused on those two elements at that time—cancer patients.

Nov 19, 2020

University of Utah to Speed Process of Bringing New Therapeutics to Patients

A new initiative aims to speed the process of bringing lifesaving medical discoveries made in University of Utah laboratories to new drugs and therapies for patients. The university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, College of Pharmacy, and the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology Center have partnered to establish the University of Utah Therapeutics Accelerator Hub (U2TAH, or the Accelerator).

Nov 19, 2020

Scientists Discover Roles for a Cellular Motor in Cancer

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

Nov 18, 2020

A Clinical Trial Helped This Lung Cancer Patient Breathe Easy

When Scott Vance went in for a COVID-19 test, he never expected it would lead to a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. Scott’s doctors learned a specific mutation was causing the cancer, and he began a new mutation-targeting drug approved by the FDA just two years earlier. Scott says his remarkable response to the drug has him feeling grateful clinical trials can bring these cutting-edge treatments to people like him.

Nov 13, 2020

Lung Cancer Screening Q&A

Lung cancer screening helps us find cancer early, before the cancer is able to cause symptoms. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. Treating lung cancer at an earlier stage gives patients more treatment options. They also have a better chance of living longer. Dr. Chakravarthy Reddy answers some frequently asked questions about lung cancer screening.

Nov 13, 2020

Fighting a Rare and Understudied Melanoma Subtype

Robert Judson-Torres has always been fascinated by science. He chose to focus on cancer research, and specifically melanoma, as a way to study how cells work in our body and have his work be meaningful and life changing. Due to the economic effects of COVID-19, many cancer laboratories have had to enact hiring freezes. So receiving the 5 For The Fight Fellowship allows Judson-Torres to hire the necessary team to further high-risk, high-reward projects investigating rare subtypes of melanoma.

Nov 12, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researcher Receives National Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, PhD, MD, physician scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah, has received the National Cancer Institute 2020 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding clinical investigators at NCI-designated Cancer Centers who participate extensively in NCI-funded clinical trials, and whose leadership and activities promote a successful culture of collaborative clinical research.

Nov 11, 2020

Talks with Docs: Tsewang Tashi, Hematologist

Tsewang Tashi., MD, is hematologist and an assistant professor in the division of hematology and hematologic malignancies at the University of Utah. He sees patients at HCI, South Jordan Health Center, and Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs hospital. In this episode of Talks with Docs, he shares with us what lead him to become a physician, what he is most proud of in his work at HCI, and more.

Nov 11, 2020

The Honor Salute: Active Duty Military Honor Retired Veterans Battling Cancer

Military service means everything to Manuel Pino Jr. He served in the US Army for decades before retiring to Utah. Now, nearing the end of his life, he recently received special honors for his military service. On September 11, 2020—a national day of service and remembrance—Manuel’s family, friends, and neighbors gathered in his backyard to witness both active duty and retired members of the military honoring Manuel’s service and impact through an honor salute.

Nov 10, 2020

HCI Researcher Receives Two Awards for Community Contributions and Neuroendocrine Tumor Research

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, a gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine tumor medical oncologist and researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, received two awards from external organizations honoring her contributions to the field of cancer. Soares was named an Advocacy Champion by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Soares also received the 2020 North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Theranostics Investigator Grant.

Nov 06, 2020

Fighting for the Next Generation of Drugs to Improve Cancer Outcomes

Ben Myers never expected to be a cancer researcher. He started out his career in neuroscience but changed to cancer research when he realized that a lot of what he had learned by studying proteins in the nervous system could also apply to cancer biology. Myers works on a key issue in treating cancer patients—when certain medications stop being effective—known in the field as drug resistance. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship will allow his lab to take key steps toward innovation.

Oct 30, 2020

Fighting Bench to Bedside for New Lung Cancer Treatments

Sonam Puri gets up every day to care for patients with lung cancer. Then, she carves out time to work with other researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute to tackle why and how cancer develops in small cell and non-small cell lung cancer patients. She was attracted to apply to the 5 For The Fight Fellowship is the concept behind the organization. “People are donating $5 for somebody who has either been touched by or is battling cancer, and knowing that these single $5 donations ultimately add up to a sizeable amount just reflects how many lives are affected by cancer at large.”

Oct 30, 2020

Conquering Cranky – Optimism amid a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Candis Shupe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in January of 2019. Candis’s enthusiasm, optimism, and desire to help others has led to her family motto: "Conquer Cranky." She has taught her children about cancer in a nonthreatening way, participated in various clinical trials, and raised more than $11,500 for research at HCI with help from her favorite modern aerobics fitness class, High Fitness."

Oct 27, 2020

Nine Tips for Your Screening Mammogram

Most women should start getting a screening mammogram at age 40, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have family history of breast cancer or are high risk, your doctor may recommend this important screening at a younger age. And while a mammogram is crucial to your health, it’s probably not the most exciting thing on your calendar. Here are a few tips to make your appointment go more smoothly.

Oct 27, 2020

Letter of Hope: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research in the Varley Lab

You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute, 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.

Oct 23, 2020

Fighting Adrenal Cancer through Less Toxic Treatments

In high school, Katie Basham received some news that would change her life—her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Basham headed down the only path she knew to make a difference for cancer patients, which was becoming a doctor. But she soon became intrigued by another path- developing better treatments for cancer. She transitioned her training to laboratory science, studying at the University of Utah and University of Michigan. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship is a “welcome home” present of sorts. She receives the fellowship as she returns to HCI to set up her own laboratory studying adrenal cancers.

Oct 22, 2020

Letter of Hope: Breast Cancer Research in the Welm Labs

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

Oct 20, 2020

Talks with Docs: Samuel Cheshier, Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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

Oct 19, 2020

Cancer Pharmacists Do More Than Fill Prescriptions

Pharmacists at HCI do much more than just fill prescriptions. They counsel patients about new treatment regimens and potential side effects. They work with large teams of health care professionals to provide the best patient care. These multidisciplinary teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, transplant coordinators, social workers, medical assistants, schedulers, and more. Putting the patient first also means the HCI pharmacy team works with cutting-edge research and technologies.

Oct 16, 2020

Fighting Brain Tumors in Kids

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

Oct 15, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Leadership Announcement: Cairns Named Chief Academic Officer, Welm Named Senior Director of Basic Science

Today, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah announced new leadership appointments for two long-standing cancer center members. Brad Cairns, PhD, has accepted an appointment as chief academic officer at HCI. Alana Welm, PhD, has accepted an appointment as senior director of basic science, a role previously held by Cairns. The new leadership appointments of Cairns and Welm are effective immediately.

Oct 15, 2020

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 14, 2020

Talks with Docs: Jane Poretta, Breast Cancer Surgeon

Jane Porretta, M.D. is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast surgery. She sees patients at HCI and at the South Jordan and Farmington Health Center facilities. In this episode of Talks with Docs, Dr. Porretta shares with us when her interest in surgery was born, why she loves being part of the team at HCI, and what surprising person she would trade lives with for a day.

Oct 12, 2020

Miss Resilient: Living through Three Unrelated Breast Cancers

After three unrelated breast cancer diagnoses here I am now, at 77, in good shape, active, and enjoying my life. I hardly notice my mastectomy. My friends have nicknamed me “Miss Resilient.” I’m sharing my story with the hope that a newly diagnosed woman will know she can rise above this disease. Involve your family and friends, accept help, stay positive, and be active. Always remember YOU are the author of your own life!

Oct 09, 2020

Fighting Cancer Disparities among the Medically Underserved through Prevention and Advocacy

Charles R. Rogers hails from rural North Carolina. After growing up and witnessing health disparities in his own community, he chose to become the type of research doctor who focuses on prevention. Rogers is motivated to fight cancer through his work in unexpected places such as state fairs, barbershops, churches, and now the Vivint Smart Home Arena, thanks to the 5 For The Fight’s partnership with the Utah Jazz.

Oct 07, 2020

Ask an Expert: Targeted Axillary Dissection

Targeted axillary dissection (TAD) is a relatively new breast cancer procedure. It allows surgical oncologists to specifically locate a lymph node that contained cancer before chemotherapy, remove it during surgery, and check it to see if there is remaining cancer in the lymph node. With a more accurate picture of the patient’s response to chemotherapy in the lymph nodes, the patient may be able to keep more axillary, or underarm, lymph nodes.

Sep 30, 2020

My Mammogram Saved My Life

Jessica Rivera doesn't have any family history or risk factors for breast cancer. But when she turned 40 she scheduled her first screening mammogram, never expecting the results to come back positive. Jessica hopes to help other women by sharing her story and urging them to get their mammograms. “Cancer is still happening. It doesn’t care that we have a pandemic. I wish it did because we all feel like we have a full plate right now. But I believe with all my heart that my mammogram saved my life. Get your mammograms. Regardless.”

Sep 29, 2020

5 For The Fight Announces Inaugural Class of Cancer Research Fellows at Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

Sep 25, 2020

This Childhood Cancer Patient Is One Tough Princess

Holly was six years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. Her treatment involved 39 radiation treatments at Huntsman Cancer Institute and 14 rounds of chemotherapy at Primary Children’s Hospital. All the while, Holly found ways to feel strong. She became an expert hand washer in order to help her immune system. She learned to take care of her own port. She weighed in on decisions about her treatment options.

Sep 24, 2020

A Leukemia Survivor Returns the Care He Received

Back when he was 19, Trey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that affects the immune system. Trey's experience with his nurses while he was in treatment inspired him to go to nursing school. Now he works in the blood and marrow transplant unit at HCI.

Sep 22, 2020

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

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

Sep 18, 2020

Committed to a Positive and Lasting Impact: The Engelstad Foundation

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

Sep 16, 2020

To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities among African American Men, More Intervention Research Is Urgently Needed

Out of any other racial group, African American men have the lowest five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer. Published research on effective strategies to increase screening for this group specifically are minimal. These findings were published today in a special health inequities and disparities issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

Sep 14, 2020

Small-Town Pride: A Grandma’s Lasting Legacy

I was 16 when I first heard the term downwinder. I didn’t know what it meant, just that my beloved grandma was one. As an adult, I learned it referred to the people who lived down wind of the nuclear testing in Nevada. They had been exposed to high levels of radiation and many were diagnosed with cancer because of it. It meant the small town my grandmother adored and raised her children in was to blame for her cancer diagnosis.

Sep 10, 2020

Novel Discovery Challenges a Current Kidney Cancer Paradigm

Newly published research has reversed our understanding of an aspect of kidney tumor growth. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah discovered that two key proteins have opposite roles than what was previously believed.

Sep 10, 2020

No Easy Path on Her Ovarian Cancer Journey

Two years before her cancer diagnosis, Laura began experiencing chronic digestive problems and abdominal pain. These symptoms can indicate many different diseases, and given that she was in her 30s, cancer seemed unlikely. It took four misdiagnoses, one removed gall bladder, and the continued vigilance of both Laura and her husband, Bryce to learn that Laura’s ongoing pain and discomfort was actually ovarian cancer.

Sep 03, 2020

All Americans Are Downwinders – A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

I am a downwinder. Like many Americans, I grew up under the clouds of fallout from nuclear testing. My hope is those of us who understand the tragedy of nuclear weapons demand that the mistakes of the past never be repeated. If we learned anything from being the involuntary subjects of atomic testing, it is that we all live downwind.

Aug 31, 2020

Bringing a Cancer Prevention Vaccine to Rural Communities

The HPV vaccine can prevent several different types of cancer. Access to and education about the HPV vaccine has never been more important. Kelly Sugihara, a coordinator for Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, works with clinics, state leaders, schools, public health professionals, dentists, and others over a 25, 672 mile area to increase accessibility and education about the HPV vaccine.

Aug 26, 2020

I Can Answer That: Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?

What is the human papillomavirus? Who can get HPV? Does HPV cause cancer? Is the HPV vaccine safe? Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, can answer that. She is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is also director of the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition. Watch the video or read the story to get answers to frequently asked questions.

Aug 25, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has earned CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its work to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members. HCI is the first employer in Utah and the five-state Mountain West to earn this prestigious designation.

Aug 24, 2020

Going the Distance in a Race with Prostate Cancer

On and off-road motorcycles, fuel dragsters, hydroplane boats, sail boats, power boats, bicycles, and now cars: J.R. Smith has raced all of these. After a cancer diagnosis in 2019, he decided to use that racing experience for a cause. He formed Team Fight Cancer with several other cancer patients. Their mission? To inspire others and demonstrate how teamwork and support help cancer survivors make the most of their lives.

Aug 21, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Receive Grants from St. Baldrick’s Foundation Amid Pandemic

Two researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah received awards from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund innovative childhood cancer research.

Aug 20, 2020

What Does That Word Mean? Understanding Cancer Screening Terms

When you get a cancer screening, you may hear your doctor use phrases and words that are new to you. If you don’t know what they mean, it can be hard to understand what’s happening when you get one of these tests. This list explains the meaning behind commonly used cancer screening terms.

Aug 19, 2020

Tumour gene test could help to predict ovarian cancer prognosis

A global team of medical researchers led by UNSW have developed a test that could help to predict survival for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and pave the way towards personalised treatment. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Jennifer Doherty, PhD, served as a senior author on this study.

Aug 13, 2020

An Extra Layer of Support

“I have so much to take care of,” says Judy Fuwell when she reflects on life after her cancer diagnosis. Judy, a devoted mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with cancer in her appendix in 2012. Her appendix was removed, but the cancer spread. Five years after her first surgery, she had mucinous adenocarcinoma—cancerous tumors lining her gastrointestinal tract.

Aug 11, 2020

Call Her Quiet Thunder: Breast Cancer Didn't Slow Down this Cyclist

“I ended up saying yes to a whole lot more and doing lots of different things," says Jen Diederich, breast cancer survivor and cyclist. For Jen, her bicycle races have lead to much more than ribbons.

Aug 06, 2020

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

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

Aug 04, 2020

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

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

Jul 31, 2020

I Can Answer That: Yelena Wu on Sun Safety

What does it mean to be sun safe? Do tanning beds cause cancer? What is ultraviolet radiation? Can people with any skin type get a sun burn? Can kids wear sunscreen? Yelena Wu, PhD, can answer that. She studies sun safety behaviors in Utah families. In this video she answers frequently asked question about sun safety and why it's important in preventing skin cancer.

Jul 31, 2020

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

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

Jul 29, 2020

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

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

Jul 29, 2020

Letter of Hope: Sarcoma Research in the KB Jones Lab

You may not see us during a visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute. But rest assured, we are working hard to learn more about sarcoma in the research building next door. We are committed to learning the most we can in order to do the best we can for every patient. Read this Letter of Hope to sarcoma patients and their loved ones, from the KB Jones Lab.

Jul 21, 2020

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

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

Jul 20, 2020

What You Need to Know about Eye Cancer and Eyelid Cancer

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

Jul 17, 2020

Talks with Docs: Heloisa Soares, GI Oncologist

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, is not simply a GI oncologist or neuroendocrine tumor expert. She is also a passionate patient advocate and had the opportunity to meet members of Congress about improved patient care. Learn about her advocacy work, Brazilian upbringing, and more.

Jul 15, 2020

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

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

Jul 08, 2020

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

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

Jun 29, 2020

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, with Metastatic Breast Cancer

“When you get diagnosed with a terminal cancer, you have to decide how you’re going to live with a disease. It doesn’t have to stop you from doing things, but you do have to choose how to live.”

Jun 26, 2020

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

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

Jun 25, 2020

A Kidney Cancer Survivor and His Dog Give Back

As Jim Pehkonen walks through the corridors of Huntsman Cancer Institute, tapping feet and claws sound down the hallway. With his small brown dog, Luna, he is instantly recognized. They are a famous duo who come to comfort patients and staff. Though most don’t recognize Jim without Luna, he once frequented the same hallways as a cancer patient.

Jun 19, 2020

Hope for the Future a Decade after Melanoma

If you’d asked him more than a decade ago, Doug never would have guessed he’d make it into his fifties, preparing to welcome his seventh grandchild into the world. In 2006, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare, extremely deadly type of cancer: desmoplastic melanoma, a skin cancer that “doesn’t play fair” because it lacks pigment and is difficult to diagnose.

Jun 10, 2020

Ask an Expert: Why Choose a Lumpectomy?

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

Jun 08, 2020

No One Fights Cancer Alone

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

Jun 04, 2020

Cancer Learning Center Update to Our Patrons

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

Jun 02, 2020

Researchers Identify a Moving Target in Small Cell Lung Tumors

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

Jun 02, 2020

She’s Got Sunshine: Finding the Bright Side with Breast Cancer

After being diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her fortieth birthday, Renee felt overwhelmed and out of control. After meeting with her breast cancer surgeon and making a plan, she decided to celebrate the things she can control.

May 29, 2020

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

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

May 28, 2020

When Should I Talk to a Doctor about Skin Changes?

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

May 27, 2020

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

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

May 26, 2020

Melanoma Research Innovations

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

May 19, 2020

Eating Well during Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

HCI patients Don Burbank and Carolyn Larrivee say it was hard to eat during tongue cancer and throat cancer. They share tips about what to eat, what to avoid, and other helpful tips to keep your nutrition levels high.

May 08, 2020

2020 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

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

May 07, 2020

Proton Accelerator Arrives at Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

May 05, 2020

Breast Cancer and Physical Distancing

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

Apr 29, 2020

Researchers Find New Insights Linking Cell Division to Cancer

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

Apr 27, 2020

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

Jeff Winegar, a patient at HCI, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 25 after noticing he was using the bathroom more than his pregnant wife. Winegar delayed a doctor’s visit until their baby was born; it was his wife who finally convinced him to go. When he did, his doctors recommended a colonoscopy. "Getting a colonoscopy turned out to be a huge blessing for me because that’s when they caught the tumor."

Apr 24, 2020

Research Advancing Individualized Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancers

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

Apr 23, 2020

Working to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

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

Apr 20, 2020

Beating the Odds of Pancreas Cancer

When Robert Gamble, 73, reflects on his life, he says he is grateful. At age 73, he lives just outside Idaho Falls, Idaho and speaks lovingly of his wife and family. Then he shares something remarkable. He was diagnosed with one of the deadliest cancers—pancreatic—in 2016. And he is still here to tell the tale.

Apr 16, 2020

A Series of Fortunate Events Lead to Early Cancer Diagnosis

Most nurses don’t do much sitting while they’re on the job. That’s partly why Amy Fenton, internal medicine nurse at University of Utah Hospital, was so excited to sit down one day in mid-April of 2019—for a chair massage, no less. She had no idea that chair massage would lead to an early-stage diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, a time when cancer treatment is typically more effective.

Apr 10, 2020

One Sibling’s Perspective on Childhood Cancer

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

Apr 08, 2020

Building the Life He Wants

Rene Vazquez knew he wanted to have kids someday, but at the age of 26, he wasn’t there yet. He was focused on his job and his hobbies as a filmmaker and DJ. But when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Rene faced the possibility of losing the chance to one day have biological kids.

Apr 07, 2020

What Clothing Is Best for Sun Protection?

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

Apr 06, 2020

Fighting Cancer, One Meal at a Time

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

Mar 26, 2020

Realistic Prosthetics Take Fear Out of Facial Cancer Surgeries

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

Mar 25, 2020

Reducing Your Colon Cancer Risk

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

Mar 09, 2020

Talks with Docs: Don Ayer, Cancer Researcher

Don Ayer, PhD, is a leader in the study of gene regulation and its role in normal and cancer cell growth. He believes the best scientists are the ones who are most creative and can think outside the box. Join the conversation in this clip with Dr. Ayer about diversity in the cancer research workforce and why representation matters.

Mar 09, 2020

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

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

Mar 06, 2020

What You Need to Know about Lymphedema

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

Mar 04, 2020

Talks with Docs: Kirstyn Brownson, Breast Cancer Surgeon

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

Mar 04, 2020

Paving the Way for Indigenous Scholars

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

Mar 04, 2020

Talks with Docs: John Ward, Breast Oncologist and Hematologist

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

Mar 03, 2020

HCI Researcher Finds Possible Reason for Lung Cancer Driver

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

Mar 02, 2020

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Taryn Palmer lost her father to stage IV colorectal cancer. As she and her family tried to find some way to reconcile their grief with celebrating his life, Taryn discovered Dress in Blue Day, a way to increase awareness about colon cancer risk and encourage early screening. Dress in Blue Day has meant so much to her and her family as they honor their father and fight back against this devastating disease.

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Neli Ulrich

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

Mar 01, 2020

Taking HCI-Quality Care on the Road

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

Mar 01, 2020

The Air Apparent: Pollution, Cancer, and Health

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

Mar 01, 2020

Innovations in Melanoma: Prevention Starts in Youth

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

Mar 01, 2020

From Notion to Knowledge: Cancer Research Saves Lives

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

Mar 01, 2020

Message from John Ward

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

Mar 01, 2020

Despite all the Struggles: Finding Hope through Art

When developing plans for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Jon and Karen Huntsman saw art as an important part of their vision—“to make sure the environment would be as healing as the medicine.” HCI is home to a museum-quality collection of original paintings, sculpture, and pottery—a total of approximately 2,500 pieces. The significance of this is most appreciated knowing that the entire collection comes solely from donation.

Mar 01, 2020

Navigating Inherited Cancer Risk

After their sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, Juana Cobián and her brother decided to get genetic testing. Genetic testing provides a way for many to understand their risk for developing cancer.

Mar 01, 2020

Saving More Than Time: Shortened Radiation Therapy

Traditionally, breast cancer patients who receive radiation get small doses almost daily over a six- to seven-week period. Radiation oncologists are now seeking to shorten that time through clinical trials.

Mar 01, 2020

Reducing the Financial Stress of Cancer

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

Mar 01, 2020

To Understand Cancer from Its Beginnings

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

Mar 01, 2020

The Power of Partnership: Stronger Together

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

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de John Ward

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

Mar 01, 2020

Navegando los riesgos del cáncer heredado

Luego de que a su hermana se le diagnosticara cáncer de mama, Juana Cobián y su hermano decidieron hacerse pruebas genéticas. Las pruebas genéticas ofrecen una forma de que muchas personas puedan entender su riesgo de desarrollar cáncer.

Mar 01, 2020

Llevando la atención de calidad de HCI a la calle

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

Mar 01, 2020

Reduciendo el estrés financiero del cáncer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Ahorrando mucho más que el tiempo: la radioterapia acortada

Traditionally, breast cancer patients who receive radiation get small doses almost daily over a six- to seven-week period. Radiation oncologists are now seeking to shorten that time through clinical trials.

Mar 01, 2020

El poder de la cooperación: juntos más fuertes

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

Mar 01, 2020

De la noción al conocimiento: la investigación oncológica salva vidas

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

Mar 01, 2020

Innovaciones en el melanoma: la prevención comienza en la juventud

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

Mar 01, 2020

El aire aparente: contaminación, cáncer y salud

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

Mar 01, 2020

Entender el Cáncer desde sus Inicios

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

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Neli Ulrich

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

Feb 25, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Translational Scholars: Courtney Scaife, MD

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

Feb 24, 2020

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

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

Feb 21, 2020

Chasing—and Catching—His Dreams

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

Feb 20, 2020

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

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

Feb 18, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches New Cancer Genetics Center

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

Feb 11, 2020

Researchers Discover a Key Protein in Endometrial Cancer Growth

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

Feb 07, 2020

New CAR-T Target Yields Promising Results for Multiple Myeloma

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

Feb 07, 2020

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

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

Jan 28, 2020

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Many Women Consider Breast Reconstruction

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Terri Jones had a plan. “When it got to the idea of reconstructive surgery, all I knew is that I didn’t want anything foreign in my body,” Jones said. “I didn’t want implants and I thought that meant I wouldn’t have reconstruction at all.” After speaking to a friend who had breast cancer, Jones learned there are many more options when it comes to breast reconstruction than she realized.

Jan 24, 2020

Two HCI Researchers Receive Prestigious Grant to Study Liver Cancer

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

Jan 23, 2020

Dear Blood Donor: A Mother's Letter

When her daughter Ashley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, Kelli learned just how important blood donors are. In a heartfelt letter she expresses her thanks to the donors who have saved her daughter's life.

Jan 16, 2020

Talks with Docs: Sheri Holmen, Cancer Researcher

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

Jan 16, 2020

Talks with Docs: Will Lowrance, GU Oncologist

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

Jan 13, 2020

NATIONAL ACCREDITATION FROM THE COMMISSION ON CANCER RENEWED

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

Jan 13, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Translational Scholars: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

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

Jan 09, 2020

How Blood Donations Help Cancer Patients

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

Jan 09, 2020

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

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

Jan 06, 2020

Let’s Raise Awareness of Cervical Cancer

This January, for cervical cancer awareness, let’s take a moment to think about those who faced this disease in the past, those who are currently suffering from it, and those who will face it in the future. I want to tell you, woman to woman, that you are enough. And while you may feel alone and different, there are many of us out here who can relate.

Nov 25, 2019

Holmen Receives Prestigious Melanoma Research Award

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

Nov 21, 2019

Commit to Quitting Tobacco during the Great American Smokeout

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

Nov 20, 2019

Letter of Hope: Lung Cancer Research in the Oliver Lab

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

Nov 19, 2019

Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes

Dusty never thought taking his wife, Amber, to urgent care would lead to a cancer diagnosis—an experience that changed his role and their lives.

Nov 12, 2019

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine: Helping Patients Get Back Their Independence

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

Nov 06, 2019

Talks with Docs: Regina Rosenthal, Breast Cancer Surgeon

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

Nov 04, 2019

Patient Satisfaction Scores

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

Oct 31, 2019

Breast Cancer: Not Just a Women’s Disease

Michael Sheffield was a healthy 45-year old in 2010 when he noticed some pain in his nipple. Not thinking much of it, he waited a few weeks until a routine skin check with his dermatologist. During the appointment, Mike’s dermatologist found a cyst and did a biopsy. A week later when results of the biopsy were back, Mike received unexpected news. He had breast cancer.

Oct 31, 2019

Complex Cellular Machine Visualized to Yield New Insights in Cancer

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

Oct 23, 2019

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

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

Oct 15, 2019

Expecting a Baby, not a Cancer Diagnosis

Sarah was 32 years old and 14 weeks along in her third pregnancy—this time a baby boy. Everything was normal until one day she found a lump in her breast. Sarah had a mammogram and ultrasound-guided biopsy. The tests confirmed the lump was breast cancer. Referred to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Sarah traveled from her home in Nevada, leaving her one- and three-year-old behind. Her medical family at HCI included an obstetrician from the University of Utah who specializes in high-risk pregnancy. Limited to certain treatments in order to keep the baby safe, the team decided to shrink the tumor with chemotherapy.

Oct 01, 2019

Solving a Family Cancer Mystery: Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

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

Sep 30, 2019

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

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

Sep 23, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Donna Branson Receives Service Award

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

Sep 14, 2019

HCI’s Cancer Learning Center Celebrates 20 Years

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

Sep 13, 2019

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

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

Sep 12, 2019

Choosing the Best Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

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

Sep 05, 2019

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

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

Sep 03, 2019

A Teddy Bear on a Mission of Love

Suzanne Crowther's great-grandchildren wanted to show her their support as she goes through treatment for uterine cancer, so they sent her a special friend to keep her company.

Aug 23, 2019

Celebrating the First Year of Huntsman at Home

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

Aug 22, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years of Hispanic Patient Navigation

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

Aug 21, 2019

What You Need to Know about the FDA Breast Implant Recall

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

Aug 15, 2019

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

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

Aug 01, 2019

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

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

Jul 26, 2019

2019 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

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

Jul 18, 2019

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

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

Jul 16, 2019

Talks with Docs: Yelena Wu, Melanoma Researcher

Dr. Wu is a pediatric and clinical child psychologist, assistant professor of dermatology, and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Wu is interested in improving adherence to medical recommendations among adolescents and young adults with cancer and children who are at elevated risk for melanoma.

Jul 09, 2019

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

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

Jul 05, 2019

Talks with Docs: Jason Hunt, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon

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

Jul 03, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Discover Melanoma Can Spread without Tumor Growth

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

Jun 25, 2019

Men: Take Action for Your Health

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

Jun 19, 2019

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

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

Jun 14, 2019

Father’s Day and Our Fight Against Cancer

When Ryan Smith's father was diagnosed with cancer, the two of them decided to dedicate themselves to cancer. They committed that if they ever made any more money or had any influence, they would use the platform and money to fight cancer. And they have and will continue to do so with 5 For The Fight, which invites everybody to give $5 for the fight against cancer.

Jun 13, 2019

Grateful to Be a Dad: Celebrating the Opportunity to Have Children after Cancer Treatment

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 26 it was by far the scariest thing I had ever faced. I had been married for about a year at the time I was diagnosed. At the time I was focused on staying alive, but the incredible team at HCI knew that if being a father was even remotely in the cards (which it was), we needed to take measures to ensure a future family was a possibility.

Jun 12, 2019

Determining Risk of Recurrence in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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

Jun 06, 2019

Caring for Patients with a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer

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

May 31, 2019

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

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

May 30, 2019

Looking Ahead to New Discoveries during Cancer Research Month

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

May 29, 2019

Art Meets Science

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

May 24, 2019

Holding on to Hope

When Davis Moore found out he had metastatic melanoma, he says the fear he felt was debilitating. “I would wake up every morning and remember I had cancer. It felt like a physical punch in my stomach.” He eventually found a way to help him get past the fear: hope.

May 23, 2019

Be the Active Center of Your Care Team

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

May 15, 2019

The Connection between HPV Infection and Head and Neck Cancer

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

May 14, 2019

Pushing Up A Hill

Patient and Huntsman Hero Dan Nelson set out to ride the 30-mile segment of the Huntsman 140 in spite of a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. When Dan wasn't sure he could make it up the last hill, his #DanStrong team of family and friends was there to push him to the top. In the hardest of times, Dan and his wife Dianne have never been alone.

May 13, 2019

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

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

May 13, 2019

New Insights into Treatment Targets for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancers

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

May 03, 2019

Talks with Docs: Brad Cairns, Cancer Researcher

Brad Cairns, PhD, focuses on determining, at the mechanistic level, how a cell normally regulates processes important to cancer. He is not only a scientist, he also loves mountain biking and jazz music. Learn more about his many passions, including his work at Huntsman Cancer Institute, in this episode of Talks with Docs.

Apr 24, 2019

How Our Researchers and Physicians Work to End Health Disparities

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

Apr 23, 2019

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

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

Apr 19, 2019

Five Things to Know About Esophageal Cancer

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

Apr 18, 2019

The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life

Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis: oral cancer. After that initial shock, Rebecca went through cancer treatment and became an advocate for oral cancer awareness.

Apr 09, 2019

Bringing Puppy Love to HCI

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

Apr 08, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces Interim Clinical Leaders

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

Apr 08, 2019

Cancer Registrars: Capturing the Picture of Cancer

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

Apr 04, 2019

Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

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

Apr 02, 2019

New Bladder Gives Tom Ramsey a Chance at a Normal Life

With the help of surgeon Christopher Dechet, MD, Tom Ramsey was able to get back to normal life after bladder cancer. Dr. Dechet removed Tom's cancer-filled bladder and created a new one from his small intestine. Now Tom is back to doing all the outdoor activities he loves.

Apr 01, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Contributes to Colorectal Cancer Research Studies

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

Mar 28, 2019

Letter of Hope from the Ulrich Group

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

Mar 22, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Appointed to National Scientific Leadership Roles

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

Mar 22, 2019

“What Can I Do With My New Normal?” Positivity and Gratitude Guide Matt Pond’s Life after Cancer

Matt Pond was diagnosed at 35 with a brain tumor that had a 1% survival rate. After life-saving surgery at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Matt relearned how to walk and speak. He learned to read and write again—this time with his left hand instead of his dominant right. Now Matt shares his story of resilience with hopes of inspiring others to remain strong through their life's challenges.

Mar 15, 2019

Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

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

Mar 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 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

Breaking Ground for Proton Therapy

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

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

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

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 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, GI Oncologist

Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, PhD, is a gastrointestinal oncologist with a special interest in pancreas cancer. In this interview, he tells us about his home and his medical training in Spain, including how it is similar to Utah, as well as his vision for the future of pancreas cancer.

Feb 11, 2019

Invest in Joy

Holly Hagerman, cancer survivor and co-chair of Pink Park City, has always found joy in being active in the mountains. When she stumbled into Pink Vail during a trip to celebrate healing from surgery, she knew she had to bring that joy back to Utah.

Feb 08, 2019

Last Year’s Biggest Advances in Cancer Research

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

Feb 04, 2019

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

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

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 23, 2019

Talks with Docs: Neli Ulrich, Cancer Researcher

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD, is director of Huntsman Cancer's Institute's NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She oversees nearly 200 cancer research teams and leads efforts to advance 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 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 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

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

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

Jan 07, 2019

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Thomas Varghese Jr., MD, MS

HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Thomas Varghese Jr, MD, MS, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award.

Dec 13, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Innovative Service Providing Cancer Care at Home

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

Dec 10, 2018

Researchers Develop Personalized Medicine Tool for Inherited Colorectal Cancer Syndrome Risk

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

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 20, 2018

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

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

Nov 20, 2018

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

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

Nov 15, 2018

Robotic Thoracic Surgery Reduces Pain, Recovery Time, and Complications

Minimally invasive robotic surgery for lung, esophageal, and mediastinal resections achieves several benefits for patients, such as shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, and a lower chance of complications. Huntsman Cancer Institute is the only hospital in the entire Mountain West region using the robotic Intuitive da Vinci® Surgical System for thoracic surgery.

Nov 15, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces New Phase I Clinical Trial Director

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

Nov 08, 2018

"Our Hope Is Tested, but It Holds On"

Dan Nelson was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer in 2016. As his caregiver, Dan's wife, Dianne, has been at his side throughout. She shares her perspective, which reveals the power of what it means to be a cancer caregiver and the hope that this role can bring to a loved one who receives a life-changing cancer diagnosis.

Nov 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 25, 2018

More Than A Mammogram

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

Oct 24, 2018

Utah Cancer Registry Receives Renewal from National Cancer Institute

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

Oct 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 11, 2018

Study Holds Promise for New Pediatric Brain Tumor Treatment

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

Oct 04, 2018

Talks with Docs: Cindy Matsen, MD

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

Oct 02, 2018

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

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

Sep 28, 2018

A Better Day Starts with One Small Thing

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

Sep 27, 2018

6 FAQs about Bone Marrow Transplants

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

Sep 25, 2018

Managing Pain During Cancer

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

Sep 19, 2018

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

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

Sep 18, 2018

Talks with Docs: Deborah Stephens, DO

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

Sep 11, 2018

Talks with Docs: Thomas Varghese, MD

Tom Varghese, MD, is a thoracic surgeon who treats patients with lung cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute. But did you know he's also an amateur cartoonist who's passionate about gender equity in the medical field?

Sep 07, 2018

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

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

Aug 31, 2018

Our 2018 Community Open House

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

Aug 30, 2018

Myths and Facts about Sun Safety

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

Aug 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 07, 2018

Research Identifies New Treatment Targets in Breast Cancer

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

Aug 01, 2018

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

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

Jul 31, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Howard Colman, MD, PhD

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

Jul 20, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Named Among Most Beautiful Hospitals in the US

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

Jul 18, 2018

Beckerle Provides 2018 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

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

Jul 16, 2018

Ulman Cancer Fund Visits Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

Jul 13, 2018

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

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

Jul 11, 2018

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

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

Jul 09, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Adam Cohen, MD, MS

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

Jul 05, 2018

What Is Glioblastoma? HCI Brain Tumor Experts Explain

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

Jul 03, 2018

Head and Neck Cancer Patients Benefit from Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care

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

Jun 29, 2018

Reaching the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah

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

Jun 21, 2018

5 Questions about Clinical Trials

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

Jun 14, 2018

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

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

Jun 11, 2018

Letter of Hope from the Gertz Lab

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

Jun 07, 2018

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

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

Jun 05, 2018

Back on the Slopes after Brain Cancer

John Karg was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, early in 2016. His cancer care team at Huntsman Cancer Institute treated the cancer with surgery, radiation, oral chemotherapy, and participation in clinical trials. He’s doing very well with the treatment—his interview for this article happened while he was waiting for the lift lines at Alta ski resort.

May 30, 2018

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

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

May 29, 2018

How Do I Find Trustworthy Cancer Information Online?

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

May 23, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Deborah Stephens, DO

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

May 22, 2018

Talks with Docs: Alvin Kwok, MD, MPH

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

May 18, 2018

Space Could Be the New Frontier for Cancer Research

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

May 10, 2018

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

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

May 09, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Theresa Werner, MD

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

May 08, 2018

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

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

May 01, 2018

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

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

Apr 27, 2018

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

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

Apr 26, 2018

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Robert Andtbacka, MD, CM

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

Apr 06, 2018

Taking Back Control by Preserving My Fertility

Laura Boren was struggling with her uterine sarcoma diagnosis and felt she was being “robbed of something fundamental” to her identity. The Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine came up with an in vitro fertilization plan and three years later, Boren looks back on her decision to freeze her eggs.

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 15, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins National Clinical Trial Targeting AML

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

Mar 13, 2018

Young Adults Needed for Social Media Study

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

Mar 13, 2018

Surprising Discovery Provides Insights into Aggressive Endometrial Cancers

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

Mar 08, 2018

Talks with Docs: Theresa Werner, MD

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

Feb 27, 2018

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

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

Feb 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 15, 2018

Lowering Your Risk of Developing a Second Cancer

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

Feb 15, 2018

High-Tech Equipment and Innovative Therapies

Tommy Tanzer, a resident of Park City, Utah, received three negative prostate biopsies over the course of three years, but he and his doctors still suspected he may have cancer. Tommy then had an MRI-guided biopsy at Huntsman Cancer Institute, hoping there would be a more accurate result. Unfortunately, this biopsy did detect cancer. Fortunately, it was found early enough to treat.

Feb 15, 2018

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

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 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 01, 2018

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

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

Feb 01, 2018

Photopheresis: Using Light to Alter the Immune System

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

Jan 31, 2018

Delivering Chemo Directly to Cancer Cells with HIPEC

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

Jan 30, 2018

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

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

Jan 29, 2018

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

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

Jan 26, 2018

Early Career Researcher Receives Merit Award for Colorectal Cancer Research

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

Jan 24, 2018

Kirk Bengtzen's Reason to Give

"One thing is for sure: cancer will affect your life... and the only way we're going to find a cure is by supporting research."

Jan 22, 2018

Partners All the Way

In memoriam. Tom Kursar and his wife, Lissy Coley, are used to working with each other as co-leaders of a research group in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. So when Tom was diagnosed with pancreas cancer, the couple faced the disease together.

Jan 17, 2018

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

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

Jan 09, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director Honored by National Cancer Institute

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

Jan 05, 2018

What You Need to Know About Radon

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

Dec 22, 2017

New Endowed Chair Holders at HCI

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

Dec 21, 2017

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 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 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 29, 2017

Losing My Mom and Finding Hope through Stomach Cancer Awareness

This winter, two years will have gone by since my mom passed away from stomach cancer. Through the experience of losing her, I've learned that cancer can be a catalyst for activism. With the help of the entire community, we can raise awareness and fight alongside those suffering from this disease.

Nov 27, 2017

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

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

Nov 27, 2017

Talks with Docs: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

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

Nov 22, 2017

Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors

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

Nov 17, 2017

How An HCI Fitness Instructor Stays Healthy

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

Nov 15, 2017

HCI Trainee Receives NCI Graduate Diversity Supplement

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

Nov 14, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Expanding Access to Clinical Trials

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

Nov 14, 2017

Can Immunotherapy Help Patients with Pancreatic Cancer?

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

Nov 10, 2017

Five Resources To Help You Quit Tobacco

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

Nov 06, 2017

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

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

Nov 06, 2017

Talks with Docs: Lindsay Burt, MD

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

Nov 05, 2017

Too Good to Be True? Cautions about Health Scams

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

Oct 27, 2017

Health Literacy: Making Health Information Easy to Understand

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

Oct 25, 2017

Am I at Risk for Liver Cancer?

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

Oct 25, 2017

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

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

Oct 19, 2017

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

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

Oct 18, 2017

Retreats and Support Groups Offer Space for Emotional Healing

Support groups and special retreats are helpful for many people with cancer. Merica Hale found a healing place to relax and meet women diagnosed with breast cancer who could offer each other support.

Oct 07, 2017

Talks with Docs: Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD

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

Oct 06, 2017

HCI Trainee Wins NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 14, 2016

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

Huntsman Cancer Institute 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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

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

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 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.

Apr 28, 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 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 explain what cancer control is and how it helps people with cancer as well as those who may never have it.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.