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.

May 29, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Demonstrate 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 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 Center for Proton Therapy 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.

Mar 26, 2020

Utah Hospital's 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 12, 2020

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.

Mar 06, 2020

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, 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.