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.

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

Innovations in Melanoma: Prevention Starts in Youth

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

Mar 01, 2020

The Air Apparent: Pollution, Cancer, and Health

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

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 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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Jan 23, 2019

Talks with Docs: Neli Ulrich, MS, PhD

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

Jan 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 01, 2018

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

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

Jan 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 14, 2015

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

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

Jan 08, 2015

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

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