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

What Does It Mean to Be a Survivor?

“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 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

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.