Apr 29, 2022

Social Worker Shares Story about Tongue Cancer

As a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Karen Jensen saw the daily impact doctors and care team members made on patients. Those firsthand experiences provided her with comfort when she was diagnosed recently with tongue cancer. She knew that being here was the best place she could possibly be.

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.

Mar 26, 2020

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.

Jul 05, 2019

Talks with Docs: Jason Hunt, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon

Dr. Hunt completed head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction training at Vanderbilt University after otolaryngology training at Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He has been at the University of Utah since 2006 and primarily sees patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute where he serves as the clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology.

May 15, 2019

The Connection between HPV Infection and Head and Neck Cancer

For years, the typical patient with cancer of the mouth and throat (oropharyngeal cancer) fit a “Marlboro Man” stereotype—a rugged, outdoorsy man who was a lifelong smoker with a history of alcohol use. But that is no longer true. Today, patients are younger. They often don’t use tobacco or alcohol—common risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer. Instead, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is now responsible for more than 70% of cases.

Apr 18, 2019

The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life

Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis: oral cancer. After that initial shock, Rebecca went through cancer treatment and became an advocate for oral cancer awareness.

Mar 01, 2019

Joining Forces to Eradicate HPV-Related Cancers

HPV vaccination rates still lag far behind other recommended vaccines, and Utah has one of the lowest rates in the nation. Only about 34 percent of Utah adolescents have completed the vaccine series, compared to the national average of 50 percent. Huntsman Cancer Institute is joining forces with experts across the country to change those statistics.

Apr 26, 2017

Four Things You Should Know about Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the mouth or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). As part of Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April, here are four things you need to know about finding and preventing oral cancer.