May 18, 2022

Is Being Tan Worth Dying For? Perspectives on Beauty from a Melanoma Survivor

Dr. Lexie Kite grew up believing tan skin was the height of beauty, but after receiving a melanoma diagnosis at 29, she realized the error of her thinking. Now cancer-free and a leading expert in the field of body image resilience, Dr. Kite wants to share what she learned so other girls and women can learn from her experiences.

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.

Mar 01, 2022

Mapping Melanoma to Better Understand Skin Cancers

The Mountain West region is well known for its natural beauty and its plethora of outdoor attractions and activities. With that time spent in the sun, the risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, increases. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute are taking a deeper look at melanocytes, the cells where melanoma originates, in order to improve treatments.

Dec 21, 2021

Scientists Research New Device to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Detection of skin cancer relies on visual examination, making it hard to reliably determine the skin cancer subtype and its extent of invasion into the skin. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have developed a potential new device to diagnose skin cancer using an electrical current.

Nov 23, 2021

Researchers Uncover Insights into How Moles Change into Melanoma

Melanoma researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute published a study that gives a new explanation of what causes moles to change into melanoma. These findings pave the way for more research into how to reduce the risk of melanoma, delay development, and detect melanoma early.

Sep 02, 2021

Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to Targeted Melanoma Treatments

Huntsman Cancer Institute melanoma researchers have generated the first “atlas” of where human melanocytes are located in the body. In analyzing the atlas data, the team discovered different types of melanocytes, including what looks to be the cell of origin for an understudied subtype called acral melanoma, which mostly affects people of color.

Jul 19, 2021

Revolutionary Immunotherapy and Ben & Jerry’s: A Melanoma Patient’s Story

Max Rosett faced melanoma as a young adult and a decade later, he is cancer free. He describes how he felt after being diagnosed, the outstanding treatment he received at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the revolutionary immunotherapy clinical trials that helped save his life.

May 11, 2021

New Research Outlines Driver in Immune Cell’s Defense against Melanoma

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have found critical new insights into how cells defend against melanoma. In a report published in Nature Communications, the team describes how an enzyme called nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, or NAMPT, initiates antitumor activity. The researchers suggest that new therapies strengthening this pathway in immune cells could be the foundation for more effective treatments against melanoma.