Dec 03, 2021

Grieving the Loss of Your Health

Grief is the mourning you feel after any kind of loss. It is a normal, healthy response to the changes cancer can bring—to your health, your peace of mind, your independence, your ability to work or do the things you love. Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers say it’s important to acknowledge grief and let yourself experience it.

Nov 29, 2021

Dealing with Compassion Fatigue One Day at a Time

Shay Wright became full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Taking small steps every day, she improved her physical and mental health.

Nov 24, 2021

Life Is Good, Even When It’s Not

Normal life can sometimes be a struggle. Adding cancer to the equation can make it seem impossible. However, as Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Pam Montgomery points out, it’s the little things in life that can provide positive reinforcement each and every day.

Nov 22, 2021

A Caregiver's Journey to Healing through Art

University of Utah student Griffin Hale created an art installation focused around his mother, who has metastatic breast cancer. “The Caregiver’s Window” remained for just a few days, but the emotional impact may last a lifetime.

Nov 19, 2021

What to Know if You’re Nervous about Mammograms

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers diagnosed in women, yet many women still get anxious when it comes to getting a mammogram. Here, we outline what a mammogram is and walk through a typical appointment.

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 16, 2021

Can You Get Lung Cancer if You Don’t Smoke?

Even though people who smoke tobacco are at highest risk for lung cancer, non-smokers can get the disease. Learn the lung cancer risk factors for non-smokers so you can prevent lung cancer or reduce your risk.

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.