Sep 10, 2021

2021 PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research

This summer, Huntsman Cancer Institute welcomed back its PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research. Sixteen students and four secondary school science teachers learned valuable lessons while sharing amazing experiences together.

Sep 02, 2021

Helping Non-English Speakers Take Part in Clinical Trials

“The gift that clinical trial participation gives—not only to science but to our patients—should not be limited by language,” says Sadie Gabler, director of the University of Utah Office of Research Participant Advocacy. She explains why clinical trial translation and interpretation services are a crucial part of the effort to reduce health disparities.

Aug 02, 2021

Community Initiative Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

With colorectal cancer cases growing in rural populations and among the Pacific Islander community, Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking part in a new initiative. The Screen to Save program aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for both at-risk groups.

Apr 29, 2021

Working to Eliminate Disparities in Genetic Counseling and Testing

Black, Latinx, and Asian populations have the lowest rates of genetic counseling and testing. These important data can help find inherited mutations that could cause the disease. Huntsman Cancer Institute works to share the importance of knowing family cancer history, create easier access to genetic counseling and testing, and educate about hereditary cancers.

Apr 15, 2021

What We Can Do about Cancer Disparities in Utah

When facing cancer, some people have worse outcomes because of economic, social, cultural, environmental, and geographic disadvantages. These worse outcomes are known as cancer disparities. HCI senior director of population sciences Tracy Onega, PhD, MS, talks about two of the biggest groups who experience cancer disparities in Utah—rural residents and the Hispanic population—and what we can do to achieve health equity for these groups.

Mar 01, 2021

Cancer and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals face health care disparities and may have an unequal burden of cancer compared with other groups. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to providing quality care to LGBTQ people.

Feb 16, 2021

Ethics, Racism, and Scientific Discovery: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For decades, researchers have used a line of “immortal” human cells that can be grown over and over in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, they originally came from a Black woman named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. HCI’s Cancer Learning Center reviews the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells Lacks’s story and explores the issues of ethics and racism in scientific research.

Jan 13, 2021

Systemic Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Huntsman Cancer Institute joins Utah’s health care systems/hospital to address the public health crisis of racism. As members and leaders from Utah’s health care organizations, we believe systemic racism is a real threat to the health of our patients, our families, and our communities. Systemic racism includes a complex array of economic and resource inequalities found throughout significant parts of the U.S. society. Domestic tranquility, for everyone, is an achievable goal.