Jun 29, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Li-Fraumeni syndrome increases your risk of getting cancer, so we asked Wendy Kohlmann, MS, some questions to gain a better understanding of this condition. The Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor answers queries about what causes LFS, how its spotted during genetic testing, and what screenings work best depending on your age and sex.

Jun 03, 2022

5 For The Fight Announces New Class of Cancer Research Fellows

5 For The Fight, a nonprofit started by Qualtrics and fueled by thousands of private donors, announced today that seven new cancer researchers will get a boost for their work thanks to $1.1 million in grants. Five women and two men, who are part of the multi-year 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellows program, were vetted and chosen in part for their pledge to focus on cancer research.

Jun 02, 2022

Researchers discover insights into breast cancer gene that could lead to better risk screening

Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 gene can significantly increase a person’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer—but not every mutation is harmful. Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute evaluated hundreds of different mutations and in a published study, Sean Tavtigian, PhD, explains how this information can be used to better understand and manage individual cancer risk.

May 23, 2022

Researchers find Evidence of Familial Genetic Risk for Colon Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers discovered that people with a certain polyp syndrome, their first-degree relatives, and people with certain colon lesions are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Lead authors Karen Curtin, PhD, and Priyanka Kanth, MD, answer questions about the findings.

Mar 01, 2022

Looking to the Past for Clues to Prevent Cancer

The best way to predict the future may be to understand the past. Researchers with the Utah Population Database (UPDB) want people to be aware of their genetic history in order to understand, and possibly prevent, a cancer diagnosis. By using generations of information, the UPDB can save lives now and for years to come.

Nov 17, 2021

A Glass-Half-Full Approach to Lung Cancer in the McMahon Lab

Martin McMahon, PhD, and his research group study the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer. About 30% of lung cancers can now be treated based on the disease’s specific genetics. McMahon is hopeful that each subset of lung cancer will soon have its own precision treatment.

Nov 15, 2021

If Someone in My Family Has Pancreatic Cancer, What Should I Do?

If someone in your family has had pancreatic cancer, you may be at a greater risk of also developing the disease. Learn about genetic testing from Huntsman Cancer Institute genetic counselor Cathryn Koptiuch, CGC, MS, and how it guides treatment decisions, future screenings, and risk-reducing options.

Nov 12, 2021

Learn Your Family's Health History this Holiday

Your family’s health history may be the last thing on your mind at holiday get-togethers. But if you know you have a family history of cancer, you can take actions to reduce your risk. The genetic counselors at Huntsman Cancer Institute encourage you to take advantage of family gatherings to learn your health history.