May 06, 2021

Message from Our Nursing Director

The year 2020 was designated as the international Year of the Nurse in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. And what a year it was for nursing on the local, national, and world stage. Our 500-plus nurses at Huntsman Cancer Institute have shined during an unprecedented time, showing compassion, resilience, and grit through a pandemic, social unrest and injustice, and emergency responses during an earthquake and hurricane-force winds.

Apr 01, 2021

Building on the Lifesaving Work of Cancer Research

Since its inception, HCI has made it part of our mission to educate and train the next generation of scientists and physicians to continue the lifesaving work of cancer research. In 2020, HCI had 527 trainees. Here, we highlight several of them, sharing what drives their research, why they chose HCI, and how the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of collaboration and mentored support as they begin and build upon their careers.

Apr 01, 2021

From Awareness to Action: A Commitment to An Anti-Racist Cancer Center

In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.

Apr 01, 2021

Finding a Way to Celebrate during a Time with No Visitors

Until the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to establish a zero-visitor policy, George Morales accompanied his wife, Rikki, to all her cancer treatments. Though he couldn’t come with her anymore, George was determined to be there when Rikki finished her last chemo treatment. With help from the HCI infusion team, he found a safe way to attend and celebrate with her.

Apr 01, 2021

A Patient’s Perspective on Breast Cancer, Fertility, and Race

Tiana Rogers, PhD, was trying for a baby and working on her research career when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she describes her cancer treatment and fertility planning care as “textbook,” she knows Black women like her face worse outcomes than other racial groups when it comes to cancer, pregnancy, and various medical issues. Now she’s using her experience to help other women of color achieve health equity.

Apr 01, 2021

Stories of Fortitude, Aptitude, and Gratitude

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” This quote from author James Lane Allen epitomizes how the passionate individuals and teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute rose to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, shares examples from the past year of fortitude, aptitude, and gratitude as Huntsman Cancer Institute held fast to its commitment of putting patients and community first.

Apr 01, 2021

The Huntsman SportsFest Goes Virtual

Every year, the Huntsman SportsFest brings people together to run, walk, and cycle to raise money for cancer research. When COVID-19 turned the in-person event into a virtual affair, some participants opted out. But 13-year-old Allee Curby didn’t let it stop her. Learn how Allee raised thousands of dollars and came up with a special way to honor her grandparents through her own personal 5K route.

Apr 01, 2021

Bridging the Gap for Promising New Drugs

The Accelerator at the University of Utah, headed by Dr. David Bearss, is working in conjunction with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the College of Pharmacy, and the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach and Technology Center to break down the barriers investigators and researchers face in bringing new drugs and technologies to the public.