Oct 27, 2020

Nine Tips for Your Screening Mammogram

Most women should start getting a screening mammogram at age 40, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have family history of breast cancer or are high risk, your doctor may recommend this important screening at a younger age. And while a mammogram is crucial to your health, it’s probably not the most exciting thing on your calendar. Here are a few tips to make your appointment go more smoothly.

Oct 27, 2020

Letter of Hope: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research in the Varley Lab

You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute, but we want to let you know that we are working hard in the Varley Lab in the HCI research building next door. We conduct research that improves the treatment and care of patients like you. We are a small group of dedicated young men and women who are developing new strategies to diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancer.

Oct 23, 2020

Fighting Adrenal Cancer through Less Toxic Treatments

In high school, Katie Basham received some news that would change her life—her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Basham headed down the only path she knew to make a difference for cancer patients, which was becoming a doctor. But she soon became intrigued by another path- developing better treatments for cancer. She transitioned her training to laboratory science, studying at the University of Utah and University of Michigan. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship is a “welcome home” present of sorts. She receives the fellowship as she returns to HCI to set up her own laboratory studying adrenal cancers.

Oct 23, 2020

The Important Work of Cancer Health Educators

National Health Education Week, October 19–23, celebrates health educators and recognizes the important role they play in health care. Health educators have training and education in community health, health literacy, public health, health education, and other related areas. My job at HCI is to provide accurate, health-literate (easy to understand) cancer information to patients, their family members, and anyone else who has questions about cancer topics.

Oct 22, 2020

Letter of Hope: Breast Cancer Research in the Welm Labs

Dear patients, please know this as you go through your breast cancer treatment journey. The dedicated technical staff, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows in the Welm Labs continue to work hard every day (and night!) to bring new hope to people with metastatic breast cancer through innovative research, always with patients in mind.

Oct 20, 2020

Talks with Docs: Samuel Cheshier, Pediatric Neurosurgeon

“I just love taking care of them, helping make them better,” says pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Cheshier about the children he treats at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital. He talks about what he has learned from these kids and their parents, what patients should know about Huntsman Cancer Institute, and what he reads about in his spare time.

Oct 19, 2020

Cancer Pharmacists Do More Than Fill Prescriptions

Pharmacists at HCI do much more than just fill prescriptions. They counsel patients about new treatment regimens and potential side effects. They work with large teams of health care professionals to provide the best patient care. These multidisciplinary teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, transplant coordinators, social workers, medical assistants, schedulers, and more. Putting the patient first also means the HCI pharmacy team works with cutting-edge research and technologies.

Oct 18, 2020

Providing Spiritual Care for HCI Patients and Staff

Two people occupy a small office in a big building. Huntsman Cancer Institute chaplains Gerson Annunciacao and John Cooper start and end their days in close quarters, often checking in on one another. But most of their time is spent across the rooms and corridors of the hospital, tending to HCI patients and staff. And the COVID-19 pandemic has been, for many—chaplains included—the most trying time of their careers.