Nov 23, 2020

A Message to Our Community about Staying Safe this Holiday Season

We, the physicians, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and other medical professionals of Huntsman Cancer Institute who have dedicated our lives to fighting cancer, urgently need your help. Our community, state, and nation are facing the biggest public health emergency of our time. Utahns are known for our kindness, sense of community, and dedication to helping fellow citizens. In order to keep our patients safe, we all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nov 20, 2020

Fighting to Improve Cancer Outcomes with Diet and Exercise

Adriana Coletta was gearing up for a career in sports dietetics until she completed her dietetic internship. As part of a medical team, she fell in love with patient care but knew her passion was in exercise. She decided to dedicate her life to integrating the principles of nutrition and exercise to those she felt could really benefit and who might be unaware or not focused on those two elements at that time—cancer patients.

Nov 19, 2020

University of Utah to Speed Process of Bringing New Therapeutics to Patients

A new initiative aims to speed the process of bringing lifesaving medical discoveries made in University of Utah laboratories to new drugs and therapies for patients. The university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, College of Pharmacy, and the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology Center have partnered to establish the University of Utah Therapeutics Accelerator Hub (U2TAH, or the Accelerator).

Nov 19, 2020

How COVID-19 Affects Smokers and How to Quit

We know COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. We also know that both smoking and vaping affects the health of our lungs. Here is what we currently know about how COVID-19 affects people who smoke or vape.

Nov 19, 2020

Scientists Discover Roles for a Cellular Motor in Cancer

Utah scientists have discovered new functions of a key cellular machine that regulates gene packaging and is mutated in 20% of human cancers. The study was published in print today in the journal Molecular Cell. Cairns and colleagues wanted to know how nucleosomes are moved along or removed from the DNA to unpackage and expose genes.

Nov 18, 2020

A Clinical Trial Helped This Lung Cancer Patient Breathe Easy

When Scott Vance went in for a COVID-19 test, he never expected it would lead to a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. Scott’s doctors learned a specific mutation was causing the cancer, and he began a new mutation-targeting drug approved by the FDA just two years earlier. Scott says his remarkable response to the drug has him feeling grateful clinical trials can bring these cutting-edge treatments to people like him.

Nov 13, 2020

Lung Cancer Screening Q&A

Lung cancer screening helps us find cancer early, before the cancer is able to cause symptoms. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. Treating lung cancer at an earlier stage gives patients more treatment options. They also have a better chance of living longer. Dr. Chakravarthy Reddy answers some frequently asked questions about lung cancer screening.

Nov 13, 2020

Fighting a Rare and Understudied Melanoma Subtype

Robert Judson-Torres has always been fascinated by science. He chose to focus on cancer research, and specifically melanoma, as a way to study how cells work in our body and have his work be meaningful and life changing. Due to the economic effects of COVID-19, many cancer laboratories have had to enact hiring freezes. So receiving the 5 For The Fight Fellowship allows Judson-Torres to hire the necessary team to further high-risk, high-reward projects investigating rare subtypes of melanoma.