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 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 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 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.