Dec 08, 2022

On Lung Cancer | A Conversation with Dr. Sonam Puri

Sonam Puri, MD, treats patients with lung cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Puri is also a lung cancer researcher and is very involved in clinical trials. In this video, Dr. Puri discusses the current state of lung cancer treatment, why it is so difficult to diagnose, the importance of clinical trials, and the future of lung cancer.

Dec 07, 2022

Utah Mother Glad She Chose a New, Less-invasive Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

Facing the risks of surgery for thyroid cancer, Linda Mumford felt uncomfortable with the life change that could follow. Instead of having her thyroid removed, she found a less-invasive treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Linda explains how the 20–30-minute outpatient procedure made all the difference, destroying the nodule and saving her thyroid.

Dec 06, 2022

5 Questions about Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer clinical trials are research studies that test new medical treatments. Are you thinking about taking part in a clinical trial? Read these five frequently asked questions about clinical trials to learn if taking part may be right for you, where to find one, and if one is available at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Dec 05, 2022

The Most Rewarding Experience: Volunteering at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Volunteer opportunities are opening at Huntsman Cancer Institute after two years. One of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s longest-serving volunteers, Cheryl Gentle, says her role here has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. “Everybody should find a way to give back,” says Cheryl. Volunteers at Huntsman Cancer Institute can do a wide variety of tasks. Chris Moss, the new customer service supervisor, hopes to find something that brings each volunteer the most fulfillment possible.

Dec 02, 2022

I Can Answer That: Deborah Stephens, DO, on Blood Cancer and Lymphoma

There are many types of blood cancer and one of them is lymphoma. Learn about its symptoms, risk factors, how it is diagnosed, and what treatments are available to you as oncologist Deborah Stephens, DO, answers some frequently asked questions.

Dec 01, 2022

Why Patients Should Get a Second Opinion Before Cancer Treatment

Getting a second opinion ensures you’re getting the best treatment for your cancer diagnosis. Another set of eyes and ears can provide valuable insight to the decision-making process. You can also play an active role in your care by knowing what questions to ask.

Nov 30, 2022

Ask an Expert: Dense Breast Tissue

Mammograms are one of the best ways to detect breast cancer early. Early detection allows patients to seek treatment sooner, which leads to better outcomes. Patients who have dense breast tissue during a mammogram may worry about what that means. Huntsman Cancer Institute experts answer some commonly asked questions about dense breast tissue.

Nov 28, 2022

Seven Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the stomach. In the body, new cells form and replace old cells all the time. Extra buildup of these cells happens when new cells form when the body does not need them or old cells do not die when they should. Learn about the seven most common signs of stomach cancer including stomach pain, difficulty swallowing, nausea and vomiting, and more.

Nov 22, 2022

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.

Nov 21, 2022

Navigating Cancer Conversations Over the Holidays

During the holidays, it may be difficult to talk to family and friends about cancer. Two Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers share some helpful tips on how to navigate those conversations.

Nov 18, 2022

Spotlight on the Area We Serve: Wyoming Cancer Coalition

The Community Outreach and Engagement team recently traveled to Casper for the semi-annual Wyoming Cancer Coalition meeting. Topics centered around cancer data and survivorship needs, and a review of activities that energized and expanded the Wyoming State Cancer Plan.

Nov 17, 2022

Researchers, Providers, and Programs Recognized with National Cancer Community (C2) Awards

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Doug Fair, MD, and Center for HOPE team earned 2022 Cancer Community (C2) awards for their outstanding work and contributions to cancer research and patient care. Former Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Charles Rogers, PhD, was also honored with an award. Alana Welm, PhD, and Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN were also featured as award finalists.

Nov 16, 2022

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 15, 2022

Martin McMahon, PhD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Melanoma Research

Professor Martin McMahon has dedicated his career to making an impact on cancer through research and mentoring trainees in his lab. The native Scot recently returned to his homeland to receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society for Melanoma Research annual congress in Edinburgh.

Nov 14, 2022

Moderate Exercise Helps Colorectal Cancer Patients Live Longer by Reducing Inflammation and Improving Gut Bacteria, including in Patients Who Are Obese

A brisk walk for 20 minutes a day may not sound like much, but it could make a big difference for colorectal cancer patients. Regular physical activity reduces inflammation by improving the gut microbiome of patients, including patients who are obese, scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute found. They researched the impact of exercise on the gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system. Investigators found moderate exercise improved outcomes in colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States, excluding skin cancers. Scientists explain why their findings are so significant.

Nov 11, 2022

Huntsman Cancer Institute Designated as First Clinical Research Center of Excellence

Pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma are rare neuroendocrine tumors that can be hereditary and passed down to children. Due to its outstanding work providing high-quality treatment, care, education, and clinical trials to patients, Huntsman Cancer Institute has been designated as the first Clinical and Research Center of Excellence by the Pheo Para Alliance, an organization working to raise awareness.

Nov 09, 2022

New Vice President Named At Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Huntsman Cancer Foundation president and COO, Susan Sheehan, has promoted Loren Savage to vice president for the foundation. Savage began working for the foundation six years ago and has been recognized for his leadership through a succession of promotions. Throughout his tenure, he has contributed to increased donations leading to new facility construction and advancements in cancer research. Savage brings more than 23 years of experience in non-profit work to his new role with the foundation.

Nov 07, 2022

Behind the Scenes of a Mammography Team Delivering Lifesaving Cancer Screenings with World-Class Quality

They are some of the unsung heroes of medicine. Lead mammography technologist Holly Tullis arrives each day at Huntsman Cancer Institute prepared to give 12 mammograms. Hear her explain why she works so diligently to improve patient care and why going to a specialized clinic for mammograms is so important.

Nov 04, 2022

CDC Data Suggests Attitudes Are Shifting about the HPV Vaccine: Utah Vaccine Rates among Teens Increased more than 16%

Many more Utah teens are getting vaccinated for HPV, protecting them against six types of cancer. The state saw a significant increase in HPV vaccinations after a long history of mixed messages and misunderstandings about the vaccine. Huntsman Cancer Institute experts explain what’s working, and one woman tells about her harrowing cancer journey.

Nov 03, 2022

Letter of Hope from Michael Pulsipher, Pediatric Oncologist

Michael Allen Pulsipher, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute, shares a Letter of Hope. He explains how his work, and that of other oncologists and researchers, is improving care for children and young people with cancer.

Nov 02, 2022

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

Jeff Winegar 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."

Oct 28, 2022

What Kids and their Families Can Expect from Radiation Therapy

Whether you're a parent or a child, receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a scary thing. Child life specialist Abbie Lofgren provides some helpful information on what pediatric cancer patients can expect when they start treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Oct 24, 2022

Jason Hunt, MD, Announced as Interim Chair for New Department of Otolaryngology

Jason Hunt, MD, FACS, clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute, has been named the interim chair of the University of Utah Health Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Oct 21, 2022

Congratulating Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Five 2022 Staff Excellence Award Recipients

Huntsman Cancer Institute Is proud to announce that five of our employees have received 2022 University of Utah Staff Excellence Award. This award recognizes full-time employees who exhibit superior service and this year, A’Lisha Finch, Amy Olsen, Melanie Ward, Shawn Newton, and Sean Strope, MPAS, PA-C, were recognized.

Oct 19, 2022

Driving Forward after a CLL Diagnosis

Elise Mahaffie was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia a decade ago. Her cancer journey has taken her all over the United States. Now living in Wyoming, she makes the trek to Huntsman Cancer Institute for treatments.

Oct 17, 2022

Health Educators Explain Their Passion for Profession

In honor of National Health Education Week, we asked a few of our health educators at Huntsman Cancer Institute to share why they love what they do.

Oct 14, 2022

Spotlight on The Area We Serve: Nevada Cancer Coalition

The Community Outreach and Engagement team recently attended the annual Cancer Control Summit in Reno, Nevada. The event featured sessions on targeted topics across the cancer spectrum as Huntsman Cancer Institute received the 2022 Healthcare Partner of the Year award.

Oct 12, 2022

Healing the Scars of Having Skin Cancer so Young

After being diagnosed with melanoma at an early age, MaryAnn Gerber was shocked. Surgery left her with scars, both emotional and physical. At her lowest point, she spotted an ad for the Utah Cancer Action Network and now, through hard work and activism, she is raising awareness throughout the state.

Oct 11, 2022

Scientists are One Step Closer to Stopping Drug-Resistant Tumors from Growing

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have solved a long-standing mystery about how a cancer-promoting protein causes drug-resistant tumors to grow. They hope the discovery leads to more effective cancer drugs. Ben Myers, PhD, explains how this new science is closing the gap in understanding brain and skin tumors and how to combat them.

Oct 10, 2022

Inspired By Caring Doctor, Patient Hosts Fundraiser for NET Cancer Research

Following her diagnosis with a neuroendocrine tumor (NET), Leslie Bangeter took time to grieve—then started planning a fundraiser for this rare cancer. Motivated by her doctor, Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, Leslie's inaugural Black and White Ball raised $18,700 for NET research. She hopes this year’s event raises even more.

Oct 07, 2022

New Endowed Chair and Fellowship Holders, and Renewed Endowed Chairs

Huntsman Cancer Institute celebrates the addition of two endowed chair holders and a fellowship, as well as the renewal of two esteemed endowed chairs. CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, congratulates distinguished scientists Amit Maity, MD, Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD, Afaf Osman, MD, Jen Doherty, MD, and Neeraj Agarwal, MD.

Oct 06, 2022

BRIDGE Study Finds Disparities in Family History Information in the Electronic Health Record

Patients from historically medically underserved groups, including patients of color and those who are Spanish-speaking, have less cancer family history information available to them. In addition, existing health records are less comprehensive, according to a study published October 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

Oct 05, 2022

How Losing Her Mother to Cancer Led to a Career in Research

After losing her mother to cancer, Katherine (K-T) Varley, PhD, dedicated her life to finding answers. Now as the leader of her own lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she is providing answers to those with breast and ovarian cancer.

Oct 04, 2022

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Receive Grant to Study Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers Mary Playdon, PhD, MPH, Scott Summers, PhD, and Neli Ulrich, PhD, MS received a $5 million grant on September 1, 2022. This grant will be used to research how obesity causes colorectal cancer.

Oct 03, 2022

Grandson Donates Late Grandfather’s Medication to Patients in Need

Following Gary Canham's passing his grandson wanted to honor his legacy of resourcefulness and giving. Through a state program, he gave his grandfather’s unused, sealed cancer medicine to patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute who couldn’t pay for them on their own.

Sep 30, 2022

Ride on Dads Mobilizes Idaho Communities to Help End Prostate Cancer

When Zach Parris received a prostate cancer diagnosis, he and his wife, Tami, wanted to do more to fund research for the disease. They began their nonprofit organization, Ride on Dads, to raise awareness in their home of Pocatello, Idaho. We asked Zach about his story and what Ride on Dads means to him and his community.

Sep 28, 2022

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 27, 2022

Ramiro Garzon, MD, To Lead Hematologic Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health

A national authority in hematology will soon lead Hematology and Hematological Malignancies at Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health. Dr. Ramiro Garzon’s focus is patients with leukemia and researching the molecular mechanisms of these cancers. Garzon’s major focuses include developing new treatment for cancers that begin in blood forming tissue such as the bone marrow or in the cells of the immune system. He explains his research and clinical goals.

Sep 26, 2022

TV Icon Credits Team Approach for Cancer Recovery

‘I feel like Superman,’ says Utah TV icon Bill Gephardt following prostate cancer treatment. A team of doctors empowered him through a process called ‘shared decision making’ where specialists advise and guide patients in picking the best treatment option.

Sep 22, 2022

V Foundation Awards Three Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers

Huntsman Cancer Institute investigators Doug Grossman, MD, PhD, Conan Kinsey, MD, PhD, and Keren Hilgendorf, PhD, received grants from the V Foundation to fund cancer research. The grants total $1,000,000 and will fund research of skin, pancreatic, and breast cancer.

Sep 21, 2022

What is Radioactive Iodine Therapy? A Patient's View on Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy is a type of treatment for an overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism, and certain types of thyroid cancer. The term "radioactive" may sound scary, but it is a safe and effective treatment. Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Anne Snuggrud answers some frequently asked questions about her condition, treatment, and care.

Sep 19, 2022

Ask an Expert: Is Prostate Cancer Genetic?

The National Cancer Institute states that about 1 in 8 males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. The average person’s chance of getting prostate cancer increases with age. Yet sometimes the chance of getting prostate cancer can be passed down through our genes. Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor Samantha Greenberg answers questions about prostate cancer.

Sep 16, 2022

Love, Friends, and Faith: Two-Time Cancer Patient Shares Her Story

When Jeanette Nielsen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she turned to the professional care teams and clinical trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute. "We knew that clinical trials in the past made treatments possible for the present, which I benefited from. Now I want to pay it forward so future patients can benefit as well."

Sep 15, 2022

A Warrior’s Determination: Honoring Our 5-Year-Old Son and Supporting Childhood Cancer Research

Marshall Brown was an active, happy, healthy 5-year-old who loved sports. After being diagnosed with sarcoma in August of 2021, he immediately began treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital. His father, Brady, details the family's journey and shares how it is honoring Marshall’s memory by partnering with the Salt Lake Bees to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Sep 14, 2022

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.

Sep 12, 2022

Letter of Hope from Sach Apte, Gynecologic Oncologist

Sachin Apte, MD, chief clinical officer at Huntsman Cancer Institute and physician-in-chief of the cancer hospital, shares a Letter of Hope with patients. He details his decision to become an gynecologic oncologist and its impact on him.

Sep 09, 2022

Jonathan Tward Named Inaugural Holder of Vincent P. and Janet Mancini Presidential Endowed Chair in Genitourinary Malignancies

Cancer has had a profound impact on Vincent and Janet Mancini. In addition to a number of family members with cancer, Vincent was treated for prostate cancer. In gratitude, they decided to "pay it forward" and create a Presidential Endowed Chair in Genitourinary Malignancies. The inaugural holder of this prestigious position is Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD, leader of Huntsman Cancer Institute's Genitourinary Cancers Center.

Sep 07, 2022

American Cancer Society Awards Huntsman Cancer Institute $300,000 to Improve Care for Rural Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute has been awarded $300,000 from the American Cancer Society. This grant will expand Huntsman Cancer Institute’s patient navigation program to rural areas throughout Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Patient navigators provide information about what to expect, coordinate appointments, connect to resources, and facilitate communication between the patient and health care team.

Sep 06, 2022

Child Life Specialist Services at Huntsman Cancer Institute

A child life specialist plays an important role at Huntsman Cancer Institute. In her role, Abbie Owens, MS, CCLS, provides comfort to pediatric cancer patients and their families. She also describes how Patient and Family Support Services assist pediatric cancer patients and their families before, during, and after treatment.

Sep 01, 2022

Letter of Hope from Jason Hunt, Head and Neck Surgeon

“Please know that we will be with you along the way as we do everything possible to support you through this,” says Jason P. Hunt, MD, a head and neck surgeon and the Chief of Otolaryngology. In this Letter of Hope he highlights our dedicated care teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute and discusses advances in thyroid cancer treatment.

Aug 31, 2022

What I've Learned as a Massage Therapist at Huntsman Cancer Institute

"I have learned there is hope for everyone who embarks on a cancer treatment journey," says Mary DeWall, a licensed massage therapist in the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness & Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She shares what she has learned from her patients and how she measures success.

Aug 29, 2022

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

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

Aug 22, 2022

Nathaniel Ferre Appointed to the National Cancer Institute Council of Research Advocates

Huntsman Cancer Institute community health educator Nathaniel Ferre has been appointed to the National Cancer Institute Council of Research Advocates (NCRA), a prominent advisory group within the National Institutes of Health.

Aug 19, 2022

Celebrating Utah Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Utah is home to a large and growing Pacific Island community, with more than 50,000 Pacific Islanders residing in the state. The month of August has been recognized as Pacific Island Heritage Month. To kick off the 2022 festivities, an event was hosted July 30 by Pacific Island Knowledge to Action Resources. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s community outreach and engagement team attended with the Colorectal Education Cancer Exhibit, also known as CECE, the giant inflatable colon.

Aug 17, 2022

What Should I Eat During Chemotherapy?

Huntsman Cancer Institute dietitian Joan Elizondo explains the importance of proper nutrition before, during, and after chemotherapy. Learn what foods can help ease side effects and what you can do you if you start to lose weight.

Aug 15, 2022

New Research Shines Light on Racial Disparities in Cancer Treatment

People of color are experiencing significant delays when they try to obtain a more targeted and effective form of radiation therapy, according to a Huntsman Cancer Institute study published in JCO Oncology Practice. The study examined racial disparities in the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy, a high-precision method that minimizes damage to surrounding tissue.

Aug 12, 2022

Mental Illness Elevated Among Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

Patients with Hodgkin lymphoma are more likely to suffer from mental-health and substance-abuse disorders than the general population. Calling for more attention to mental health, a study published August 2 in Cancer by researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute found people with the disease had higher risks of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicide, and self-inflicted injuries.

Aug 08, 2022

One Family's Loss Creates Hope for Children's Cancer Research

After their son Ty passed away from a malignant rhabdoid tumor, Cindy and Lou Campbell started The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation in his honor. Their focus is funding childhood cancer research that could lead to improved prognoses for kids like Ty. Their work led them to collaborating with Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD, a pediatric neurosurgeon and cancer researcher, at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Aug 05, 2022

Ask an Expert: Technology Empowers Patients with Advanced Cancer to Plan for End-of-Life Care

Technology can assist doctors in giving an accurate six-month prognosis for patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute who have growing solid tumors. A correct prognosis empowers patients to make better decisions and gives them more control over their care and end-of-life plan.

Aug 03, 2022

Letter of Hope from Randy Jensen, Neurosurgeon

“Our team will be with you and your family,” says Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist and neurosurgical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with benign and malignant brain tumors. In this Letter of Hope, he empathizes with patients and their families and sheds light on the many people working to make Huntsman Cancer Institute a special place.

Aug 01, 2022

Sun Safety Tips For You and Your Family

Summer has arrived—and that means long hours of sun and fun at backyard barbecues, water parks, and ballparks. If you’re out in the sun, be sure to follow these protection tips.

Jul 29, 2022

Protecting Kids from Melanoma

Kids of all ages resist wearing sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing. But sun protection is the best way to prevent melanoma in the future. Trying these techniques can lessen the struggle and help parents better protect kids from sun damage.

Jul 28, 2022

Huntsman Cancer Institute Again Ranked Among Best Nationally for Cancer Care

Huntsman Cancer Institute ranks 33rd nationally for cancer care according to U.S. News and World Report. More than 4,500 medical centers were evaluated on patient safety, outcomes, research programs, and more, as well as a survey of physicians.

Jul 26, 2022

Frequent Aspirin Use Shows Promise for Preventing Ovarian Cancer in Individuals at Higher Risk

A new Huntsman Cancer Institute study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows frequent aspirin use is linked with lower ovarian cancer risk in people with multiple risk factors. Britton Trabert, PhD, MS, investigator in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program explains her research, how she hopes it improves potential preventive measures, and what lies ahead.

Jul 21, 2022

7 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 19, 2022

What Cancer Patients Need to Know about Steroids

When people hear the word "steroids", they may think of "roid rage" or athletes using them to enhance their performance. But steroids are actually natural hormones that have multiple functions. Steroids created in a lab, called corticosteroids, are often prescribed during cancer treatment. Here are a few things to know about steroids, their role in cancer treatment, and how to deal with the most common side effects.

Jul 18, 2022

Aik Choon Tan Named Senior Director of Data Science

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah welcomes Aik Choon Tan as the first senior director of data science. “I feel honored and humbled to be joining an exceptional cancer center to implement cancer data science ideas and put them into practice.”

Jul 15, 2022

Connecting the Mountain West: Huntsman Cancer Institute Hosts Inaugural Summit

As the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to improving care in this vast, often underserved area. A major step occurred in June when the inaugural Mountain West Cancer Summit brought diverse stakeholders from all five states together to collaborate on existing programs and services.

Jul 06, 2022

Bringing Cancer Clinical Trials to Rural Communities

Huntsman Cancer Institute serves a geographic region larger than any National Cancer Institute cancer center and nearly 30% of patients travel more than 150 miles for visits. With rural residents already at a disadvantage due to their distance from quality medical care, Huntsman Cancer Institute is dedicated to lessening the burden felt by rural residents of the Mountain West through clinical trials.

Jun 29, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Li-Fraumeni syndrome increases your risk of getting cancer, so we asked Wendy Kohlmann, MS, some questions to gain a better understanding of this condition. The Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor answers queries about what causes LFS, how its spotted during genetic testing, and what screenings work best depending on your age and sex.

Jun 22, 2022

Feels Like Home: Patient and Family Housing Moves to Little America

Serving the entire Mountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute sees patients and their families travel large distances for treatment. Now, through a new partnership between Patient and Family Housing and the Little America Hotel, these weary travelers can have affordable, comfortable rooms, and the same personal touch they've come to expect from staying on site.

Jun 17, 2022

Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cancer

Learning that you have cancer can be shocking and overwhelming . When you meet with your doctor, you will hear a lot of information. So what questions should you ask? Allow the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute to give you some helpful tips.

Jun 14, 2022

Hair Loss from Chemo: What to Expect

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If you’re on chemo, you may wonder whether you will lose your hair, whether it will grow back, and what happens in between. Check out these FAQs for more about what to expect and how to prepare.

Jun 10, 2022

Researchers Create Resource to Track Social Media Cancer Misinformation

Cancer misinformation on social media can negatively influence a patient’s decision and affect their mental health, recent studies show. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute create a resource that lays the foundation for a tool to track and organize cancer misinformation that comes from social media.

Jun 06, 2022

Recognizing Research Excellence: Suneja, Hu-Lieskovan, and Sborov Named Translational Scholars

New members added to The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars. They include Gita Suneja, MD, MS; Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, MD, PhD; and Douglas Sborov, MD, MS.

Jun 03, 2022

5 For The Fight Announces New Class of Cancer Research Fellows

5 For The Fight, a nonprofit started by Qualtrics and fueled by thousands of private donors, announced today that seven new cancer researchers will get a boost for their work thanks to $1.1 million in grants. Five women and two men, who are part of the multi-year 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellows program, were vetted and chosen in part for their pledge to focus on cancer research.

Jun 02, 2022

Researchers discover insights into breast cancer gene that could lead to better risk screening

Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 gene can significantly increase a person’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer—but not every mutation is harmful. Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute evaluated hundreds of different mutations and in a published study, Sean Tavtigian, PhD, explains how this information can be used to better understand and manage individual cancer risk.

May 24, 2022

Myths and Facts about Sun Safety

Think you know everything about sun safety? Think again. Here is some helpful information so you can dispel the myths and learn the facts about the sun’s effects on your body.

May 23, 2022

Researchers find Evidence of Familial Genetic Risk for Colon Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers discovered that people with a certain polyp syndrome, their first-degree relatives, and people with certain colon lesions are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Lead authors Karen Curtin, PhD, and Priyanka Kanth, MD, answer questions about the findings.

May 18, 2022

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

Dr. Lexie Kite grew up believing tan skin was the height of beauty, but after receiving a melanoma diagnosis at 29, she realized the error of her thinking. Now cancer-free and a leading expert in the field of body image resilience, Dr. Kite wants to share what she learned so other girls and women can learn from her experiences.

May 16, 2022

You Can't Do It Alone: Talking About Caregiver Burnout

Shay Wright became a full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. By asking for help, both Tanner and Shay improved their physical and mental health.

May 11, 2022

American Indian Advocate Attends Cancer Moonshot Event

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, attended a White House event where President Biden announced a relaunch of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. She talks about her work to reduce American Indian cancer disparities, which the Moonshot aims to address.

May 06, 2022

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.

May 05, 2022

How a Mom Lost a Daughter to Cancer, Became an Inventor, and Gave Back

LaDorna Eichenberg lost her youngest daughter to bone cancer in 1973. Later, she and her husband invented a popular die-cutting machine for teachers. As they enjoyed the machine’s success, LaDorna prioritized philanthropy—including $2.43 million in gifts to HCI to ensure fewer families endure what hers did.

May 04, 2022

Expanding Commitment to Advance Cancer Research in the Mountain West

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, attended a White House event where President Biden announced a relaunch of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. She talks about her work to reduce American Indian cancer disparities, which the Moonshot aims to address.

Apr 29, 2022

Social Worker Shares Story about Tongue Cancer

As a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Karen Jensen saw the daily impact doctors and care team members made on patients. Those firsthand experiences provided her with comfort when she was diagnosed recently with tongue cancer. She knew that being here was the best place she could possibly be.

Apr 27, 2022

Current or Former Smoker? Get Screened for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States and most symptoms don't show up until it has spread. The key is catching it early. Huntsman Cancer Institute pulmonologist Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, describes a standard screening procedure and explains how important they are in spotting and possibly preventing lung cancer.

Apr 20, 2022

The Importance of Asking for Help

Whether you are a patient or caregiver, asking for help can be difficult. Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, and Virginia Wilson, LCSW, OSW-C, provide some tips on how to get comfortable asking for help, what you should ask for, and what other outlets could be available.

Apr 15, 2022

A Huntsman Hero: Matt Elizondo Driven by Service to Others

Matt Elizondo works as a registered nurse and spent 10 years in the military. After cancer treatment, he continues to go above and beyond in service to others, cycling with Huntsman Heroes and raising money for cancer research.

Apr 13, 2022

New Initiatives Awarded $4.7 Million to Encourage COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities and Schools

In their quest to overcome health disparities, University of Utah Health scientists are launching SCALE-UP II and SCALE-UP Counts, a pair of initiatives designed to increase COVID-19 testing and vaccination among rural and underserved populations. Combined, the two initiatives are supported by $4.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Apr 13, 2022

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Adaptive Clinical Trial Adds New Investigational Treatment and Additional Sites

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has announced the latest updates to its innovative adaptive clinical trial, Precision PromiseSM, including the addition of an investigational treatment from global healthcare company, Novartis, as well as the opening of five additional sites across the country, including at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Apr 07, 2022

American Cancer Society Awards $50,000 to Transportation Needs for Cancer Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute awarded $50,000 by American Cancer Society to fund transportation and lodging for cancer patients and their loved ones. Amy Horyna, MSW, says, "This gift will make a huge difference by allowing us to deliver assistance directly to patients who need it most."

Apr 01, 2022

Sleep and Cancer: What You Need to Know If You’re Having Trouble Sleeping

Anyone can have a few sleepless nights, but when you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep most nights, you may have insomnia. Cancer patients have an increased risk of insomnia. There many ways you can deal with your insomnia, including seeking medical help from your care team.

Mar 30, 2022

A Lifelong Connection between Ovarian Cancer Patient and Her Doctor: 10 Years Later

Carine Clark was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Ten year later, she is surviving and thriving. Here, she sits down to speak with her oncologist, Huntsman Cancer Institute's Theresa Werner, MD. The pair discuss Carine's journey, their doctor-patient relationship, and why providing hope to others is so powerful.

Mar 28, 2022

Recognized as Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality by Human Rights Campaign

The LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader designation highlights Huntsman Cancer Institute’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and its work to foster a culture of belonging for all, including those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Mar 23, 2022

Ask an Expert: Kidney Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates 79,000 new cases of kidney cancer per year. If you have questions about how it is diagnosed, identified, and treated, Huntsman Cancer Institute oncologist Ben Maughan, MD, PharmD can answer them.

Mar 15, 2022

Myths and Facts about Colonoscopies

I don’t need a colonoscopy. It’s too expensive. It’s humiliating. Is it going to hurt? There are many myths about colonoscopies, but the experts at Huntsman Cancer Institute are here to tell you the facts.

Mar 14, 2022

Ashlee Harrison, MPA, Announced as Executive Director of Innovation and Transformation

Huntsman Cancer Institute announces Ashlee Harrison, MPA, as executive director of innovation and transformation. The Innovation and Transformation Office supports Huntsman Cancer Institute in taking on new challenges with agility and accelerating progress toward a cancer-free frontier.

Mar 14, 2022

Talks with Docs: Luke Martin, Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Colorectal Treatment

Luke Martin, MD, discusses why he wanted to become a surgeon, common misconceptions about colorectal treatments, and what patients should expect from their care team at Huntsman Cancer Institute in the latest Talks with Docs

Mar 07, 2022

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 01, 2022

Never Losing Focus on a Cancer-Free Frontier

Passionate individuals and teams delivering a cancer-free frontier through scientific discovery and human touch. That is the Huntsman Cancer Institute vision. Despite new challenges, CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, shares why she is so enthusiastic for the future. Whether it is the new Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers, an expanding catchment area in the Mountain West, or exciting new innovations, it is an exciting time at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Mar 01, 2022

Delivering a More Just, Equitable, & Inclusive Workplace

Huntsman Cancer Institute made a commitment to be an anti-racist cancer center. That meant taking meaningful actions that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. Natasha Ovuoba, associate director for the Commission on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, speaks about some of education and support she is providing in her new role.

Mar 01, 2022

Dealing with a Daughter’s Cancer Diagnosis: One Family’s Story

Imagine your child is diagnosed with cancer. How would you react? When Sarah Bresee’s 11-year old daughter, Emma, was told she had Ewing sarcoma, a family’s world was turned upside down. Luckily, Huntsman Cancer Institute provides a mix of highly trained medical specialists using innovative technology and child life specialists supporting families during trying times.

Mar 01, 2022

Consider the Source: Identifying Cancer Misinformation

Misinformation on social media is more harmful than ever. After witnessing firsthand how difficult it can be to comb through all the clutter, Huntsman Cancer Institute physician-scientist Skyler Johnson, MD, came up with a handy acronym (CRAP) to help patients and their loved ones find factual information and block out the noise.

Mar 01, 2022

Reflections on my First Year

After his first year at Huntsman Cancer Institute, chief clinical officer Sachin Apte, MD, MS, MBA, reflects on the highlights. Whether its ambitious and innovative research initiatives or seeing compassion from care teams and in community clinics, Apte knows what defines Huntsman Cancer Institute is its culture.

Mar 01, 2022

Providing Access to Lifesaving Cancer Screenings Near & Far

Access to health care is a growing issue, especially in the Mountain West. Huntsman Cancer Institute wants to eliminate economic, social, cultural, environmental, and geographic disparities through partnerships that improve community health. Learn more about some of these initiatives, like breast and colorectal cancer screenings.

Mar 01, 2022

Empathic Breast Care Every Step of the Way

Amber Smith, RN, is the first and only breast imaging nurse coordinator at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She helps patients navigate the entire breast biopsy process, providing emotional support, and acting as an advocate and guide. Learn more about the important role she plays on the cancer team.

Mar 01, 2022

Patients Are the Purpose: A Clinical Research Coordinator Shares Her Story

Clinical trials provide important information to researchers and could benefit cancer patients during their treatment. In her role as a clinical trials coordinator, Elyse D’Astous is the connection between these two ends of the care spectrum. Whether it’s tracking a trial’s efficacy or helping a patient keep everything organized, clinical trials coordinators are there to support the advancement of cancer research and treatment.

Mar 01, 2022

Addressing Cancer Needs throughout the Mountain West

Neli Ulrich, PhD, MS, cancer center director at Huntsman Cancer Institute, shares some of the innovations and successes of the past year. Whether it’s a record number of patients involved with clinical trials or nearly $100 million received in grant funding, this is an exciting time for everyone. Learn about some of the new and creative ways, Huntsman Cancer Institute is having a profound, positive impact on the Mountain West.

Mar 01, 2022

Partnerships Beyond State Lines

This past year, Huntsman Cancer Institute increased its commitment to the Mountain West by expanding its catchment area. Serving this area of the nation with nearly 10 million people in it creates a massive challenge, but opportunities abound. Huntsman Cancer Institute aims to develop plans to align priorities and strategize opportunities to lessen the burden of cancer in each state.

Mar 01, 2022

Unlocking Mysteries of Lung & Pancreas Cancers

Collaboration is at the heart of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s culture. Fueled by dedication, lab scientists make progress each day toward understanding cancer from its beginnings. Recently, a pair of studies on lung and pancreatic cancer have made significant headway.

Mar 01, 2022

Looking to the Past for Clues to Prevent Cancer

The best way to predict the future may be to understand the past. Researchers with the Utah Population Database (UPDB) want people to be aware of their genetic history in order to understand, and possibly prevent, a cancer diagnosis. By using generations of information, the UPDB can save lives now and for years to come.

Mar 01, 2022

Mapping Melanoma to Better Understand Skin Cancers

The Mountain West region is well known for its natural beauty and its plethora of outdoor attractions and activities. With that time spent in the sun, the risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, increases. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute are taking a deeper look at melanocytes, the cells where melanoma originates, in order to improve treatments.

Mar 01, 2022

Our People are our Greatest Strength

Huntsman Cancer Institute is not the same as when it was founded. It is better. Philanthropic investments by more than one million donors are critically important to continue this story of compassion, state-of-the-art advances, and new breakthroughs that save lives. Peter Huntsman, Chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, shares a message with the community.

Mar 01, 2022

Strong Arms Around You Always: Sigma Chi

When University of Utah student Josh Dunn was diagnosed with brain cancer, he remembered something his Sigma Chi brothers always said: “There are strong arms around you always, no matter where you are.” Josh’s story, and this quote, spurred his fellow members of the Beta Epsilon chapter to raise over $120,000 for cancer research.

Mar 01, 2022

Trainees: The Bright Future of Cancer Research

A large part of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission is to pass down knowledge by training upcoming generations of scientists and physicians. Trainees come from all age groups—high school to postdoc. The trainees featured here share a little about themselves, their work, and what brought them to Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Feb 28, 2022

Research Team Outlines New Methods to Identify Personalized Drug Treatments for Breast Cancer

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute are developing breast cancer models using tumors donated by patients to narrow the number of drugs that might be effective in each tumor based on the unique characteristics and behavior in these models of cancer.

Feb 28, 2022

Rare Types of Cancer: What to Know if You’ve Been Diagnosed

If you have a rare type of cancer, you may face extra challenges than those with a more common type of cancer. Learn what makes rare cancers difficult and what you can do to advocate for yourself.

Feb 18, 2022

Ask an Expert: Bile Duct Cancer

About 8,000 people are diagnosed with bile duct cancer each year. But the actual number of cases is likely to be higher, because these cancers can be hard to diagnose, and some might be misclassified as other types of cancer. To learn more about bile duct cancer, its symptoms, and diagnosis, we spoke with John Morris, MD, SCM, a gastroenterologist (GI).

Feb 16, 2022

Cancer Prevention Tip 1: Don’t Use Tobacco

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

Feb 09, 2022

How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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.

Feb 07, 2022

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.

Feb 03, 2022

Clinical Trial Hopes to Shed New Light on Glioblastoma

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is one of the select sites in the United States to offer a new clinical trial for glioblastoma patients, called GBM AGILE. The clinical trial is using an approach that offers study participants multiple new glioblastoma drugs from different pharmaceutical companies.

Feb 02, 2022

International Study of Colorectal Cancer Receives Five-Year Renewal, $10 Million in New Funding to Continue Innovative Research

The ColoCare Study, a major international study of colorectal cancer, has received a five-year renewal and $10 million to fund colorectal cancer treatment innovations. This next phase of the project will use research findings from the ColoCare Study to develop new medical interventions.

Jan 31, 2022

Rural Residents Tend to Hold Fatalistic Beliefs and Perceive More Cancer-related Information Overload Than Urban Residents

A study published results that in the United States, adults in rural areas were more likely to think fatalistically about cancer and feel overwhelmed by information about cancer prevention than adults in urban areas. This could be due to an information overload in these rural areas.

Jan 28, 2022

Lung Cancer Screenings at Huntsman Cancer Institute

If you smoke and are over 50, you should talk to your doctor about a lung cancer screening. Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, describes how a low-dose chest CT scan could be the right choice for you.

Jan 26, 2022

Nausea and Vomiting during Cancer Treatment

Cancer medications and treatments often cause nausea and vomiting. There are many ways to help treat nausea, including medicine, integrative treatments, and home remedies. Your care team can help you find the best way control nausea so you can have a better quality of life as you go through treatment.

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 21, 2022

Bald Eagles and Chemo

Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Pam Montgomery suffered hair loss after chemotherapy treatment for stage III breast cancer. Some humor from her husband and a visit from a fine-feathered friend helped her feel more comfortable with her new appearance.

Jan 10, 2022

Ask an Expert: START Tobacco Cessation

Quitting tobacco products is extremely difficult. Edlira Farka, APRN, a family nurse practitioner who works at HCI, shares her knowledge and expertise in this easy-to-remember list.

Jan 07, 2022

Talks with Docs: Sagar Patel, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplants

Sagar Patel, MD, discusses some common misconceptions about bone marrow transplants, what got him interested in hematology, and who he would want to trade places with for one day in the latest Talks with Docs.

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

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 17, 2021

Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

The holidays bring happiness and joy to many, but for those caring for someone with cancer, it can be a stressful and depressing time. How is it possible to handle this festive time when you or a loved one may not be in the holiday spirit? The obligations of the season may create new obstacles and the caregivers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have some helpful things to keep in mind.

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

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 03, 2021

Grieving the Loss of Your Health

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

Dec 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

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 10, 2021

Honoring a Veteran and a Brother

Ben Graham was an Army National Guardsman veteran that succumbed to metastatic melanoma in April 2021. His sister, Becky Davis, recounts what made him so special and the amazing tribute HCI employees gave him after his passing.

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 05, 2021

How COVID Vaccinations Can Help Cancer Patients

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

Nov 04, 2021

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

Genetic counselors play a key role in various aspects of patient care. With increased knowledge about one’s biological makeup and history, counselors advise patients on what to look for during screenings, how to reduce cancer risks, and how to effectively treat possible cancer diagnoses.

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 29, 2021

Three HCI Employees Receive 2021 Staff Excellence Awards

Huntsman Cancer Institute is proud to recognize the 2021 University of Utah Staff Excellence Awards recipients. These yearly awards are given to employees for their exemplary service and outstanding work.

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

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 06, 2021

Nurse Manager Recognized by Utah Air National Guard

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Douglass Clapp, nurse manager at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), the Patriotic Employer award. Nominated by Captain Christy Jonkman, Clapp received the award for going above and beyond to support his employees in the military reserve.

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 03, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Foundation Leader Susan Sheehan Receives Bronze Minuteman Award from the Utah National Guard

The Utah National Guard and Honorary Colonels Corps recently presented Susan Sheehan, president and COO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the Bronze Minuteman Award. This award recognizes community leaders who support and lead Utahans.

Sep 02, 2021

Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to 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 02, 2021

Helping Non-English Speakers Take Part in Clinical Trials

“The gift that clinical trial participation gives—not only to science but to our patients—should not be limited by language,” says Sadie Gabler, director of the University of Utah Office of Research Participant Advocacy. She explains why clinical trial translation and interpretation services are a crucial part of the effort to reduce health disparities.

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 experiences about being a professional baseball pitcher and then being diagnosed with chronic myeloid (or myelogenous) leukemia. Now in remission, he is finding success in another sport – golf.

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 26, 2021

A Message about Third-Dose Vaccines for Our Patients

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

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

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 28, 2021

Howard Colman, MD, PhD, as Experimental Therapeutics Program Co-Leader

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah announced the appointment of Howard Colman, MD, PhD, as the new co-leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program. Colman is a physician-scientist at HCI, where he holds Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Professorship, and serves as a professor of neurosurgery at the U of U.

Jul 27, 2021

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

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 21, 2021

Can You Trust Doctor Google? 4 Tips for Finding Accurate Cancer Info Online

How many times have you Googled something pertaining to your health? How can you be sure the information is accurate? Or from a trained medical professional? Huntsman Cancer Institute’s cancer information specialists offer tips to make sure you are getting the right guidance.

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 14, 2021

Blood Clots and Cancer: A Closer Look

Bleeding and blood clotting disorders can be very dangerous for people with cancer. Learn about blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolisms from Yazan Abou-Ismail, MD. He also provides insight about how to recognize, lower your risk for, and treat these issues.

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 16, 2021

Talks with Docs: CEO and Cell Biologist Mary Beckerle

Mary Beckerle, PhD, describes how the clinical landscape has changed during her career, as well as discussing the future at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the unique relationship between its caregivers and patients.

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

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.

Jun 01, 2021

Dealing with Desmoid Tumors

As a young mother, Hayli Acosta was diagnosed with desmoid tumors—which are not cancerous, but are often treated similarly. She underwent chemotherapy and cryoablation, a process that uses extreme cold to destroy tissue, at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Hayli's journey with this debilitating condition caused confusion with her insurance company along the way. Now, she is back to living a normal life.

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

National Clinical Trials in Breast Cancer and Hematologic Cancers Open

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

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 12, 2021

Kevin Cheney as Executive Director of Finance and Administration

Huntsman Cancer Institute announces Kevin Cheney, MBA, CPA, has been appointed executive director of finance and administration. In this role, Cheney will serve as an executive leader with responsibility for HCI’s research finances and administrative units. He will also continue to oversee budgets and financial analysis for HCI’s cancer hospital and clinical programs.

May 11, 2021

New Research Outlines Driver in 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

Congratulating 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

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

Pheo Para Alliance Designates First Center of Excellence

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the first center to receive a Center of Excellence designation from Pheo Para Alliance, a patient advocacy organization dedicated to supporting those with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, a rare neuroendocrine tumor. Huntsman Cancer Institute serves over 250 pheo and para patients from throughout the Mountain West, including Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.

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 29, 2021

Working to Eliminate Disparities in Genetic Counseling and Testing

Black, Latinx, and Asian populations have the lowest rates of genetic counseling and testing. These important data can help find inherited mutations that could cause the disease. Huntsman Cancer Institute works to share the importance of knowing family cancer history, create easier access to genetic counseling and testing, and educate about hereditary cancers.

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 26, 2021

Executive and Researcher Mary Beckerle Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Mary Beckerle, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO, as a member. Beckerle is among 120 newly elected members announced and according to the National Academy, election as a member in this organization is widely accepted as a mark of excellence in scientific achievement and is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

Apr 23, 2021

Two HCI Employees Receive 2020 Staff Excellence Awards

Huntsman Cancer Institute is proud to recognize Jonathan Martinez and Stella Mason as two of the eight 2020 University of Utah Staff Excellence Awards recipients. This prestigious award recognizes superior service and ongoing contributions by full-time staff.

Apr 16, 2021

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

An advance directive is a way to tell your loved ones and doctors your wishes if something happens and you can’t speak for yourself. A directive can include the type and extent of your medical care. It can help your family and care team better understand your values. Being prepared can bring you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Apr 15, 2021

What We Can Do about Cancer Disparities in Utah

When facing cancer, some people have worse outcomes because of economic, social, cultural, environmental, and geographic disadvantages. These worse outcomes are known as cancer disparities. HCI senior director of population sciences Tracy Onega, PhD, MS, talks about two of the biggest groups who experience cancer disparities in Utah—rural residents and the Hispanic population—and what we can do to achieve health equity for these groups.

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

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

Research Shows Melanoma Incidence and Mortality Higher in Utah

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 06, 2021

Cancer Registrars: The Driving Force of Cancer Data

Cancer registrars play a crucial role in figuring out how to improve cancer treatment and prevention. They collect data that provides essential information for cancer physicians, researchers, and public health professionals. The 25th annual National Cancer Registrars Week, April 5–9, celebrates the important work these experts do.

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

Finding a Way to Celebrate during a Time with No Visitors

Until the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to establish a zero-visitor policy, George Morales accompanied his wife, Rikki, to all her cancer treatments. Though he couldn’t come with her anymore, George was determined to be there when Rikki finished her last chemo treatment. With help from the HCI infusion team, he found a safe way to attend and celebrate with her.

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

Selected Awards and Honors

Apr 01, 2021

Stories of Fortitude, Aptitude, and Gratitude

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” This quote from author James Lane Allen epitomizes how the passionate individuals and teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute rose to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, shares examples from the past year of fortitude, aptitude, and gratitude as Huntsman Cancer Institute held fast to its commitment of putting patients and community first.

Apr 01, 2021

The Huntsman SportsFest Goes Virtual

Every year, the Huntsman SportsFest brings people together to run, walk, and cycle to raise money for cancer research. When COVID-19 turned the in-person event into a virtual affair, some participants opted out. But 13-year-old Allee Curby didn’t let it stop her. Learn how Allee raised thousands of dollars and came up with a special way to honor her grandparents through her own personal 5K route.

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

Building on the Lifesaving Work of Cancer Research

Since its inception, HCI has made it part of our mission to educate and train the next generation of scientists and physicians to continue the lifesaving work of cancer research. In 2020, HCI had 527 trainees. Here, we highlight several of them, sharing what drives their research, why they chose HCI, and how the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of collaboration and mentored support as they begin and build upon their careers.

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

Learn, Earn, Return: A Family’s Culture of Giving

Chris and Erlynn Lansing have subscribed to a lifelong philosophy: learn, earn, and return. After years of running Lansing Building Products, the Lansing family is giving back by donating $2.5 million to the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Learn how advice years ago from Jon M. Huntsman contributed in part to this generous gift.

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

An Expression of Gratitude

“Your staff members are heroes who we will always be indebted to for their loving and competent care,” says Tommy Tanzer. Tommy’s wife, Joanne, was treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute for non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 11 years before passing away in 2020. As a token of gratitude, Tommy donated $10,000 to HCI and wrote a heartfelt letter to staff expressing his appreciation for the love and compassion he and his wife received.

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.

Apr 01, 2021

From Awareness to Action: A Commitment to An Anti-Racist Cancer Center

In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.

Apr 01, 2021

A Message from Huntsman Cancer Foundation Chairman and CEO

The sole purpose of Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) is to raise funds to support HCI's mission. I want to personally thank the HCF team for its flexibility, agility, and fortitude in the face of unprecedented circumstances. And as important, I thank our loyal donors who remained dedicated to our goal of eradicating cancer, even as our world faced a new and frightening virus. Without your support, none of our accomplishments are possible.

Mar 30, 2021

Letter of Hope from the Multiple Myeloma Program

Though there is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, it is a very treatable disease. The Huntsman Cancer Institute Multiple Myeloma Program and other myeloma research communities continue to press forward in search of a cure. New treatments in the past 15 years have improved survival statistics for patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and clinical trials are researching promising therapies.

Mar 29, 2021

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, as Senior Director of Clinical Research Innovation

Huntsman Cancer Institute announced the appointment of physician-scientist Neeraj Agarwal, MD, as senior director of clinical research innovation. Agarwal will serve on the senior leadership of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at HCI, oversee critical components of HCI’s clinical research infrastructure, and will lead efforts to accelerate the process of bringing new, innovative clinical trial offerings to patients.

Mar 29, 2021

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 25, 2021

The Lucky One - A Social Worker's Story

When I have the opportunity to share that I’m a social worker at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), I often receive admiration. Sometimes, though, people will reply, “I don’t think I could work there,” or “I don’t know how you do that.” I find those responses curious—as does every social worker I’m privileged to work alongside. Because we feel we are the lucky ones.

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 24, 2021

Sticking with the Positive through Multiple Myeloma

When Doug Stewart received an MRI after hurting his neck in a biking accident, the images revealed tumors wrapped around his spine. Doug was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. While recovering from his neck injury, he began cancer treatment. Throughout it all, Doug found a way to stay positive and hopeful. Now he has a full life, doing the things he loves and helping others.

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 19, 2021

Living with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome: Patients Share Their Experiences

Jenny Gray was expecting a baby boy when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Her leg was amputated and her son was induced at 35 weeks so she could begin chemotherapy. Jenny learned she and her son have Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), which significantly raises the risk of cancer. Jenny and two other women talk about living with LFS and HCI experts discuss what to do if you have it.

Mar 11, 2021

Taking a Minute to Honor Diversity in the Workplace

“Feeling valued as an individual can go a long way toward fostering a sense of belonging,” says Jaime Fornetti, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Welm Lab. To promote this sense of belonging and celebrate their different backgrounds, the Welm Lab holds a “Minute for Diversity” in team meetings, where employees can share their cultural traditions. Just taking these few moments, they say, has led to fewer assumptions and biases.

Mar 09, 2021

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

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

Mar 08, 2021

18 Terrible, Wonderful Years: A Multiple Myeloma Patient Shares His Thoughts

“No one is guaranteed tomorrow. But here I am still,” says Dan Bammes, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003. Dan says though the cancer-fighting drugs he took had severe side effects, they turned the immediate crisis of his diagnosis into a chronic health issue. He shares his thoughts on living with cancer for the past 18 years and what he has learned about life, death, and appreciating the present.

Mar 04, 2021

What is Li-Fraumeni Syndrome?

Li-Fraumeni syndrome is rare. But this inherited syndrome can significantly impact the families who have it. Li-Fraumeni syndrome happens when mutations occurs to the TP53 gene, and it increases the risk for developing many types of cancer. Learn what it means if your family has Li-Fraumeni syndrome and how genetic counselors can help you manage your cancer risk.

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

Adults 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 26, 2021

Helping Utah’s Hispanic Community Access Cancer Resources

“I love that the Community Advisory Board continues advocating for improving the quality of life of all the communities in Utah,” says Sara Carbajal-Salisbury. Sara talks about joining the HCI Community Advisory Board in order to help bring cancer prevention education, cancer screening, clinical trials, and other resources to Utah’s Hispanic community.

Feb 22, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines 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 09, 2021

A Message of Gratitude to John Ward, MD

In April of 2019 John Ward, MD became the interim chief clinical officer of HCI and physician-in-chief of the cancer hospital. He willingly accepted this interim position, having no idea how long it would last or that it would include overseeing cancer care during a worldwide pandemic. We recently announced Dr. Sachin Apte as the new chief clinical officer and physician-in-chief. Dr. Ward will continue his service at HCI, including his clinical program caring for breast cancer patients and other key leadership roles.

Feb 05, 2021

Sachin Apte Joins 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

Organizations 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 27, 2021

Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of LGBTQ Utahns

“I feel a deep sense of responsibility to be a champion for the LGBTQ community,” says Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. Troy says he “jumped at the opportunity” to be part of HCI’s Community Advisory Board, where he collaborates with HCI to help promote the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ Utahns.

Jan 20, 2021

American Society of Hematology Selects Ami Patel to Receive 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 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 13, 2021

Systemic Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Huntsman Cancer Institute joins Utah’s health care systems/hospital to address the public health crisis of racism. As members and leaders from Utah’s health care organizations, we believe systemic racism is a real threat to the health of our patients, our families, and our communities. Systemic racism includes a complex array of economic and resource inequalities found throughout significant parts of the U.S. society. Domestic tranquility, for everyone, is an achievable goal.

Jan 07, 2021

V Foundation Awards Two 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

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

A Special Thank You to the HCI Community

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

Dec 21, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Cancer Patients

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

Dec 18, 2020

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 17, 2020

Distinguished New Members to External Advisory Board

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah announces the appointment of four new members to its External Advisory Board: Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, and John Pounardjian, MBA. The EAB is a consultative board charged with providing insight and advice to HCI leadership to inform strategic planning decisions.

Dec 16, 2020

We Support #MaskUpUtah to Protect Cancer Patients and the Community

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

Dec 15, 2020

Finding Grief Support after Losing His Wife to Leukemia

Kenneth Slack knows the pain of losing a spouse to cancer. He and his wife, Debby, were expecting to spend 60 or 70 years together, but they only got 32. Debby was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away just six months later. Kenneth shares his experience of grieving the loss of his wife and how he found help and guidance in a grief support group.

Dec 14, 2020

CDC Awards $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 08, 2020

Six Ways Music Helps with Grief

Music can connect us with memories of our loved ones, especially at this time of year as you listen to holiday songs and remember time spent with the person you’ve lost. We can use the power of music as a tool for coping with grief. It can help us process feelings and wrap our head around the idea of loss and move toward a place of acceptance. Read how you can use music to cope with grief.

Dec 07, 2020

Treats First Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient on New 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

Helping Wyoming’s Rural Communities Get Cancer Care and Resources

Before Sweetwater County, Wyoming, had its own cancer center, patients had to travel to Salt Lake or farther for treatment, says Tasha Harris, director of the Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center. As a member of HCI’s Community Advisory Board, she is able to connect people in rural Wyoming communities with even more cancer resources, prevention information, and screenings.

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

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 02, 2020

Using Stories to Connect and Heal

As the writer-in-residence at Huntsman Cancer Institute, I have the privilege of helping patients, family members, and caregivers, as well as physicians and nurses, write their stories. Cancer compels us all to try to make sense of the disease, the role it plays in our lives personally and professionally, and to find meaning in our experiences. I am honored to witness these intimate accounts of pain and love, joy and suffering.

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 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 23, 2020

A Message to Our Community about Staying Safe this Holiday Season

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

Nov 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

How COVID-19 Affects Smokers and How to Quit

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

Nov 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

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 12, 2020

Ask an Expert: Do I Need Genetic Testing?

What is genetic testing? Why would I need it? Is it covered by insurance? These are common questions about genetic testing for cancer risks. People with a family history of cancer may be at higher risk for cancer because of an inherited gene mutation. The HCI Family Cancer Assessment Clinic (FCAC) provides genetic counseling to help these people know if they are at an increased risk of cancer and what to do about it.

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

Researcher Receives 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.

Nov 01, 2020

Support for the Caregiver

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

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 23, 2020

The Important Work of Cancer Health Educators

National Health Education Week celebrates health educators and recognizes the important role they play in health care. Health educators have training and education in community health, health literacy, public health, health education, and other related areas. My job at HCI is to provide accurate, health-literate (easy to understand) cancer information to patients, their family members, and anyone else who has questions about cancer topics.

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 18, 2020

Providing Spiritual Care for HCI Patients and Staff

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

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

Cairns Named Chief Academic Officer and 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

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

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

More Research Urgently Needed to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities

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 28, 2020

One Family's Investment in HCI's Mission

In 2015, Rich and Vicki Linton lost their beloved daughter-in-law, Alisa, after a prolonged battle with an aggressive form of melanoma. The entire Linton family is committed to help HCI eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. They are passionate about funding research so that one day, no one else will be lost to this horrible disease.

Aug 27, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Lily Helzer

Lily Helzer, MPH, is the chronic disease prevention and health promotion section manager of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services. She lives in Reno, Nevada, and works in collaboration with the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Nevada Cancer Coalition to bring communities and partner organizations together to reduce the burden of cancer across Nevada.

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

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

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 18, 2020

A Tribute to Lacee Harris

Lacee Harris, a spiritual care volunteer at HCI, passed away on August 6, 2020. Born on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Fort Duchesne, Utah, Lacee volunteered spiritual support to patients at HCI for several years. He previously served as the University of Utah’s Indian Education Advisor for 14 years and helped design the current U of U logo. A few HCI team members who knew Lacee remember him with these words.

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 07, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Eruera “Ed” Napia

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

Aug 06, 2020

Tracy Onega Named Senior Director of Population Sciences

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

Aug 05, 2020

The Most Meaningful Job I’ve Ever Had

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

Aug 04, 2020

Scientists Develop Models to Prevent Drug Resistance in Lung and Pancreas Cancers

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

Aug 03, 2020

Why I Love Being a HICU Nurse

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

Aug 03, 2020

Donating Blood during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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

Aug 03, 2020

What is a downwinder?

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

Aug 03, 2020

Kicking Cancer in His Cowboy Boots

Monte Bona was “raised to be a cowboy.” Born in Payson, Utah, he grew up in a small farming community with his parents and five siblings. In 2009 at the age of 71, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. The year 2020 marks more than 11 years since Monte’s diagnosis and treatment. Now in his 80s and after more than a decade of follow-ups, he’s still in the clear.

Jul 31, 2020

I Can Answer That: Yelena Wu on Sun Safety

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

Research Illuminates Potential New Treatment in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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

Jul 31, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Morgan Marietti

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

Jul 29, 2020

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

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

Jul 29, 2020

Letter of Hope: 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 28, 2020

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

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

Jul 21, 2020

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 17, 2020

Sarcoma Awareness: John Groundland, MD

Sarcomas are cancers of the muscle, bone, and connective tissues such as cartilage, fat, nerves, blood vessels, and tendons. Sarcomas usually happen in arms, legs, or the body wall. They can also happen in other areas of the body.

Jul 15, 2020

Cancer Care Coming to Patient Homes in Rural Utah

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

Jul 15, 2020

Working with a Purpose: Staff Member and Cancer Patient

Debby Rogers was a dynamic member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Communications and Public Affairs Office. She was on staff for just two years before she passed away due to complications from cancer, but in that time she cultivated many friendships, built trust, and found inspiring stories about patients and the people at HCI working to eradicate cancer.

Jul 10, 2020

Our Commitment to End Racism

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

Jul 10, 2020

How to Donate Hair for Wigs

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

Jul 08, 2020

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

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

Jul 07, 2020

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

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

Jul 01, 2020

Ground Yourself with Walking Meditation

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

Jun 29, 2020

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

Huntsman Cancer Institute Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride

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

Jun 26, 2020

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

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

Jun 25, 2020

A 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 09, 2020

Huntsman SportsFest: More Than Just a Virtual Event

With each pedal stroke, step forward, and dollar raised, individuals and teams are helping us support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Huntsman SportsFest is more than an endurance event bringing runners, walkers, and cyclists together for an athletic challenge. It is a day dedicated to seeing a cancer-free world.

Jun 08, 2020

No One Fights 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.

Jun 01, 2020

Beacon of Hope Shines Gold to Convey Hope for the Future

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

May 29, 2020

Better Outcomes, Lower Cost in First-Ever Oncology Hospital-at-Home Evaluation

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

May 28, 2020

When Should I Talk to a Doctor about Skin Changes?

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

May 27, 2020

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

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

May 26, 2020

Melanoma Research Innovations

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

May 21, 2020

Community Update from CEO Mary Beckerle: May 21, 2020

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

May 20, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Christine Stoffel

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

May 19, 2020

Eating Well during Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

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 15, 2020

Community Update from CEO Mary Beckerle: May 15, 2020

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

May 08, 2020

2020 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

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

May 07, 2020

Proton Accelerator Arrives at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Construction at the Senator Orrin G. Hatch 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 06, 2020

2020 Nurses Week

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

May 06, 2020

Healthy Cooking during a Pandemic

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

May 05, 2020

Breast Cancer and Physical Distancing

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

May 05, 2020

5 For The Fight Fellowship Attracts New Talent

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

May 04, 2020

Screening and Education Bus Supports COVID-19 Response

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

Apr 30, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 30, 2020

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

Apr 29, 2020

Researchers Find New Insights Linking Cell Division to Cancer

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

Apr 24, 2020

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

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

Apr 24, 2020

Advancing Individualized Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancers

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

Apr 23, 2020

Working to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

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

Apr 22, 2020

Joy Infusions

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

Apr 20, 2020

Beating the Odds 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 17, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 17, 2020

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

Apr 16, 2020

A Series of Fortunate Events 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 15, 2020

The New Normal for Now: What Living with Cancer Can Teach Us about Living through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently I caught the tail end of a radio interview with a psychologist discussing the effects of the “new normal” that has been thrust on all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve struggled with the term new normal when it is used with cancer patients and survivors. I rebelled against the new normal, because I want my old normal back. I did not hear much of the interview, but it got me to thinking. There are many parallels between dealing with cancer and living through a pandemic.

Apr 10, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 10, 2020

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

Apr 10, 2020

One Sibling’s Perspective on Childhood Cancer

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

Apr 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

Donation of Five Tons of Hand Sanitizer

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

Apr 07, 2020

What Clothing Is Best for Sun Protection?

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

Apr 07, 2020

How to Connect with Loved Ones in the Hospital

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

Apr 06, 2020

Fighting Cancer, One Meal at a Time

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

Apr 01, 2020

Wellness Center Update to Our Patients

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

Mar 31, 2020

Everyday Joy

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

Mar 30, 2020

Ask An Expert: Multiple Myeloma

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

Mar 27, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: March 27, 2020

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

Mar 26, 2020

Realistic Prosthetics Take Fear Out of Facial Cancer Surgeries

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

Mar 25, 2020

The Other Side of the Curtain

Ruth Centurier-Harris and her family came to Salt Lake City from South Africa in 2015, expecting to be here for a short time. Two years later, Ruth received a devastating cancer diagnosis - multiple myeloma. With her husband and three daughters, Ruth embraces the joy of today and making each day special.

Mar 25, 2020

Reducing Your Colon Cancer Risk

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

Mar 24, 2020

Helping People Is What Brings this Multiple Myeloma Patient Joy

There are many challenges having a blood cancer with no cure. But we just try to enjoy the time we have. After his multiple myeloma diagnosis in 2015, Kenneth Henderson has approached cancer the way he has approached his life–with his whole heart and soul. In 2018, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with seven others to raise awareness for blood cancers. The Huntsman Cancer Institute difference, he says, is in the way he was treated: always with kindness and a smile.

Mar 23, 2020

Managing Stress and Anxiety During Crisis

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

Mar 20, 2020

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

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

Mar 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

Post-Doctoral Fellow Receives Award from 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 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

More Than a Day of Pink on the Slopes

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

Mar 03, 2020

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

Construyendo la vida que él desea

Rene Vazquez sabía que quería tener hijos algún día, pero a la edad de 26, todavía no lo había planeado. Estaba enfocado en su trabajo y sus hobbies como cineasta y DJ. Pero cuando le diagnosticaron cáncer testicular, Rene enfrentó la posibilidad de perder la oportunidad de tener hijos biológicos algún día.

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

Beyond Borders to Conquer Cancer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Taking HCI-Quality Care on the Road

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

Mar 01, 2020

Collegial and Collaborative

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

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Kolawole Okuyemi

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

Mar 01, 2020

Taking a Stand

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

Mar 01, 2020

Reducing the Financial Stress of Cancer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Saving More Than Time: Shortened Radiation Therapy

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

Mar 01, 2020

How Oncology Nursing Is Different

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

Mar 01, 2020

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

Hero Highlights: Teaming Up for a World without Cancer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Message from John Ward

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

Mar 01, 2020

From Notion to Knowledge: Cancer Research Saves Lives

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

Mar 01, 2020

Innovations in Melanoma: Prevention Starts in Youth

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

Mar 01, 2020

The Air Apparent: Pollution, Cancer, and Health

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

Mar 01, 2020

To Understand Cancer from Its Beginnings

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

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Neli Ulrich

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

Mar 01, 2020

Message from Peter Huntsman: Making a Difference

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

Mar 01, 2020

The Generation to End Cancer

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

Mar 01, 2020

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

Extending Care through the Mountain West

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

Mar 01, 2020

Reduciendo el estrés financiero del cáncer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Logros de los héroes: uniéndose para un mundo sin cáncer

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

Mar 01, 2020

La generación para erradicar el cáncer

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

Mar 01, 2020

Trascendiendo fronteras para vencer el cáncer

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

Mar 01, 2020

El poder de la cooperación: juntos más fuertes

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

Mar 01, 2020

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

Colegial y colaborativo

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

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Kolawole Okuyemi

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

Mar 01, 2020

Adoptando una postura

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

Mar 01, 2020

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

Ahorrando mucho más que el tiempo: la radioterapia acortada

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

Mar 01, 2020

A pesar de todas las luchas: encontrando esperanza a través del arte

Al desarrollar planes para Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés), Jon y Karen Huntsman vieron el arte como pare importante de su visión—“asegurarse de que el ambiente ayudara a sanar tanto como la medicina” HCI es el hogar de una colección con calidad de museo de elementos de alfarería, esculturas y pinturas originales—un total de aproximadamente 2,500 piezas. La importancia de esto se aprecia más sabiendo que la colección completa proviene únicamente de donaciones.

Mar 01, 2020

Cómo la enfermería oncológica es diferente

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

Mar 01, 2020

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

De la noción al conocimiento: la investigación oncológica salva vidas

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

Mar 01, 2020

Innovaciones en el melanoma: la prevención comienza en la juventud

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

Mar 01, 2020

El aire aparente: contaminación, cáncer y salud

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

Mar 01, 2020

Entender el Cáncer desde sus Inicios

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

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Neli Ulrich

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

Mar 01, 2020

Mensaje de Peter Huntsman: Haciendo la Diferencia

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

Feb 25, 2020

Translational Scholar: 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

Translational Scholar: 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

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

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

Researcher Receives Award to Study Skin Cancer Prevention Behaviors in Families

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

Jan 31, 2020

Construction Notice – Road Work and Building Construction Impacts Beginning February 3, 2020

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

Jan 30, 2020

Immunotherapy Leads the Way for Melanoma Treatment

Only a few months after she retired in October 2018, Lynn Walker knew something was wrong with her health. Without any prior history of skin cancers, she learned that she had an advanced form of melanoma that has spread all over her body. Walker worried about the possibility of going through chemotherapy and not surviving the effects of cancer treatment, let alone melanoma. But she soon learned of another approach that held promise for her type of cancer: immunotherapy.

Jan 28, 2020

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Many Women Consider Breast Reconstruction

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

Jan 24, 2020

Two 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 15, 2020

HCI Provides Naloxone Kits to Help Save Lives

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

Jan 14, 2020

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

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

Jan 13, 2020

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

Translational Scholar: 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.

Jan 06, 2020

Quick Facts

Quick facts about Huntsman Cancer Institute, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, cancer in general, recent expansions, and our founder, Jon M. Huntsman.

Dec 20, 2019

Don Milligan Named Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Hospital Executive Director

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

Dec 18, 2019

Making a Difference in Fundraising for Cancer Research

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

Dec 04, 2019

Celebrating A 100th Birthday and a Legacy Secured

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

Nov 25, 2019

Holmen Receives Prestigious Melanoma Research Award

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

Nov 22, 2019

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One

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

Nov 21, 2019

Commit to Quitting Tobacco during the Great American Smokeout

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

Nov 20, 2019

Letter of Hope: 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 11, 2019

Partnering with the VA to Care for Veterans with Cancer

As a veteran, Frank Luthi was familiar with the Department of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System. The VA offers medical care to enrolled veterans at VA clinics and hospitals. This includes primary care visits and other health services. When Frank was diagnosed with cancer, he didn’t realize he could also get treated by Huntsman Cancer Institute physicians at the VA.

Nov 06, 2019

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

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

Nov 06, 2019

Talks with Docs: Regina Rosenthal, 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.

Nov 04, 2019

Lawrence Marsco Named HCI Senior Director of Nursing

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

Oct 31, 2019

Breast Cancer: Not Just a Women’s Disease

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

Oct 31, 2019

Complex Cellular Machine Visualized to Yield New Insights in Cancer

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

Oct 23, 2019

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

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

Oct 17, 2019

Cancer and the Flu Shot

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

Oct 15, 2019

Expecting a Baby, not a Cancer Diagnosis

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

Oct 03, 2019

Honoring a Lifetime of Support

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

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 25, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Names Scott Pingree as Chief Strategy Officer

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

Sep 23, 2019

A Life Changing Cheek Swab

In college Alison Argyle registered for Be The Match, the international bone marrow registry. She forgot about it until one day five years later when she got a call saying she was a match for a woman with acute myelogenous leukemia.

Sep 23, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Donna Branson Receives Service Award

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

Sep 17, 2019

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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

Sep 14, 2019

HCI’s Cancer Learning Center Celebrates 20 Years

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

Sep 13, 2019

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

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

Sep 12, 2019

Choosing the Best Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

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

Sep 10, 2019

Making the Work Commute Work for Her

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

Sep 05, 2019

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

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

Sep 03, 2019

A Teddy Bear on a Mission of Love

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

Aug 30, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Staff Nominated for 2019 Staff Excellence Awards

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

Aug 23, 2019

Celebrating the First Year of Huntsman at Home

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

Aug 22, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years of Hispanic Patient Navigation

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

Aug 21, 2019

What You Need to Know about the FDA Breast Implant Recall

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

Aug 19, 2019

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

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

Aug 15, 2019

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

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

Aug 14, 2019

Physical Activity During Cancer Treatment

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

Aug 07, 2019

Music Therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

Aug 01, 2019

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

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

Jul 26, 2019

2019 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

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

Jul 18, 2019

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

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

Jul 16, 2019

Talks with Docs: Yelena Wu, 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 11, 2019

Finding Comfort through Giving

Audrey Matthews has a unique way of honoring the memory of her daughter Natalie, who died in a car accident at the age of 19. Twice a year, on Natalie’s birthday and the anniversary of her death, Audrey and her family donate quilts through their nonprofit, 19 Quilts for Natalie.

Jul 10, 2019

Running for Research

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

Jul 09, 2019

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

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

Jul 09, 2019

A Place of Beauty

HCI does not look or feel like a traditional medical facility. It is a warm and inviting space where employees and volunteers bring comfort to every person who walks through the front door. From the building itself to everyone inside, this is a place of beauty, love, and hope.

Jul 05, 2019

Talks with Docs: Jason Hunt, 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.

Jul 01, 2019

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

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

Jun 25, 2019

Men: Take Action for Your Health

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

Jun 19, 2019

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

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

Jun 14, 2019

Father’s Day and Our Fight Against Cancer

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

Jun 12, 2019

Determining Risk of Recurrence in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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

Jun 06, 2019

Caring for Patients with a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer

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

May 31, 2019

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

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

May 31, 2019

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride at Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

May 30, 2019

Looking Ahead to New Discoveries during Cancer Research Month

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

May 29, 2019

Art Meets Science

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

May 24, 2019

Holding on to Hope

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

May 24, 2019

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

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

May 23, 2019

Be the Active Center of Your Care Team

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

May 15, 2019

The Connection between HPV Infection and Head and Neck Cancer

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

May 14, 2019

Pushing Up A Hill

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

May 13, 2019

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

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

May 13, 2019

New Insights into Treatment Targets for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancers

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

May 08, 2019

What's In A Name?

After her mother passed away, Bailey found a unique way to honor a nurse that held a special place in her family's heart.

May 03, 2019

Talks with Docs: Brad Cairns, 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 14, 2019

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

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

Mar 13, 2019

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

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

Mar 12, 2019

Huntsman Translational Scholars: Matthew Poppe, MD

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

Mar 07, 2019

Why Is Pancreatic Cancer So Deadly?

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