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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.