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.

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.

Apr 27, 2020

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

Jeff Winegar, a patient at HCI, 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."

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 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 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.

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.