Dec 05, 2019

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.

Dec 04, 2019

Celebrating A 100th Birthday and a Legacy Secured

On December 7, 2019, Richard Fay will reach an incredible milestone: his 100th birthday. But that isn’t the only significant thing about Richard—he is also a five-time cancer survivor. His wife, Carol, is also a cancer survivor. When Jon and Karen Huntsman made their first gift of $10 million to establish a cancer institute on the campus of the University of Utah, they issued a call to the community, asking others to dig deep and support the vision that would become Huntsman Cancer Institute. Richard and Carol answered that call, creating a planned gift with a bequest to support cancer research.

Nov 26, 2019

Support for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver for someone with cancer can be stressful, overwhelming, and isolating. Sometimes the only people who can truly understand are those who have been there. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers run a support group dedicated to caregivers. The group offers education and a safe place to talk for anyone who cares for a loved one treated at HCI.

Nov 26, 2019

Even Non-Smokers Can Get Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women. It claims more lives every year than colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers combined. People who smoke tobacco have the greatest risk, but people who have never smoked can also get lung cancer.

Nov 25, 2019

Holmen Receives Prestigious Melanoma Research Award

The Society for Melanoma Research recently presented Sheri Holmen, PhD, with the prestigious Estela Medrano Memorial Award. Holmen is a melanoma researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and a professor of surgery at the University of Utah. This award was created in honor of the late Estela Medrano, a leader in melanoma research. The Estela Medrano Award is given annually to a woman who has made major contributions in the fight against melanoma.

Nov 22, 2019

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One

Think about the last time you were on an airplane. What do the flight attendants tell you to do if the oxygen masks drop down from overhead? Put your own mask on first. If you don’t make sure you’re getting oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else. This same rule applies to caregivers. It’s important to take care of your own needs before you “run out of oxygen.”

Nov 21, 2019

Commit to Quitting Tobacco during the Great American Smokeout

It’s no surprise that many people who smoke want to quit. Smoking-related illness is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. It results in 85% of lung cancer cases in the country and causes 480,000 deaths every year. More than 37.8 million Americans continue to smoke tobacco every day, and about 70% of those people say they want to stop. But quitting smoking is not easy. More than 90% of smokers who quit successfully needed help to get there.

Nov 20, 2019

Letter of Hope from the Oliver Lab

We know how cancer impacts your lives. It has touched our lives too. We want you to know we are working hard every day to uncover clues and new strategies for treating lung cancer. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in the United States and in Utah. Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with smoking and the relatively few survivors of lung cancer, funding for lung cancer research is relatively low. Yet we know that people of all ages can develop lung cancer, including non-smokers, and our discoveries in lung cancer can affect the treatment of many types of cancer.