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    Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education
    Dec 19, 2016

    Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Sara learned she had a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer at the age of 37. She told her family and just a few weeks later, her brother had a check-up. His doctors found he had stage 4 colon cancer. Surprised and shaken by the coinciding diagnoses, Sara and her family turned to Samantha Greenberg, a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute for answers.... Read More

    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Dec 19, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Leads International Colorectal Study

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will head an international study to find out how lifestyle and other health factors impact colon and rectal cancer outcomes. HCI was awarded an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead and expand an ongoing project in colon cancer research.... Read More

    Research, Education
    Dec 13, 2016

    Voices in Precision Medicine: Speaking on the Law, Ethics, and Science

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, Select..., precision medicine, cancer, ethics

    Precision medicine promises health care tailored to every individual, a mission that opens exciting possibilities and poses unique challenges. How do we control cost, equalize access to care, and speed the journey to success? On Dec 1 and 2, 2016, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from across the country met to discuss these topics, and more.... Read More

    Human Genetics
    Education, Research
    Nov 18, 2016

    U Symposium on the Law, Ethics, and Science of Precision Medicine

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, genetics, genomics, precision medicine

    On Dec. 1-2, national experts in genetics, medicine, law, big data and other will fields gather for Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data and the Public, a unique precision medicine symposium at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The symposium, sponsored by the U’s Colleges of Law, School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) addresses topics in law, ethics, and science as precision medicine is gaining more attention nationwide from health care systems, practitioners, researchers, insurers and federal agencies. ... Read More

    The social aspect of cancer care
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Nov 15, 2016

    The social aspect of cancer care

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Like any major illness, cancer affects more than the body. It wreaks havoc on the lives and emotions of patients and their families. Ask Judi Evans, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and told she had just six months to live. “My daughter and I looked at each other, and we said ‘no, we're not accepting that.’ So we immediately came to Huntsman Cancer Institute.”... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It”  To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
    Nov 10, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It” To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is standing with a national campaign to end a dangerous chemotherapy error. Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Vincristine Handling, launched today by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), encourages health care providers to adopt a policy to always dilute and administer the medication vincristine in a mini IV-drip bag to prevent the improper administration of the drug.... Read More

    Massage therapy helps rub out stress for cancer patients
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Nov 10, 2016

    Massage therapy helps rub out stress for cancer patients

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Sometimes a therapy not often associated with cancer care can make a huge difference in a patient’s recovery. Massage therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) complements standard cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. One patient says it’s improving his quality of life dramatically.... Read More

    Why Are Some Obese People at Higher Risk for Diabetes Than Others?
    Research
    Nov 03, 2016

    Why Are Some Obese People at Higher Risk for Diabetes Than Others?

    Diabetes, Select..., diabetes

    For years, scientists have known that someone who is thin could still end up with diabetes. Yet an obese person may be surprisingly healthy. Now, new research led by scientists at University of Utah College of Health and published in Cell Metabolism points toward an answer to that riddle. An accumulation of a toxic class of fat metabolites, known as ceramides, may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. ... Read More

    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 31, 2016

    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    People use phones for just about everything these days—reading emails, checking the weather, or catching up on news. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) want to add extended patient care to that list. They’re testing a telehealth system called “Symptom Care at Home” to help keep patients as healthy as possible during cancer treatment. Kathi Mooney, PhD, co-leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at HCI, says the idea behind the program is that cancer patients’ symptoms don’t happen only while they are at the doctor’s office. Dr. Mooney has spent 15 years trying to improve patient care through a relatively simple technology—the telephone.... Read More

     Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Oct 27, 2016

    Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY—More than 4,000 children and teens are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and the disease kills more children than any other cancer. Writing this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah report they have identified an existing group of drugs that appear to reduce or eliminate a certain subgroup of childhood brain cancers while sparing normal brain tissue. The research was conducted using a new zebrafish animal model system developed by the researchers, which closely resembles an aggressive subtype of pediatric brain tumors.... Read More

    Oncological Sciences
    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy
    Research, Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 24, 2016

    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    It's a familiar struggle to anyone dealing with cancer; the treatments that get rid of the disease can also have serious side effects. Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are working to reduce the negative effects of cancer treatment by pinpointing radiation therapy within a millimeter of where the cancer resides. Karen Curtis has a family history of cancer. The disease took the lives of her mother and sister. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last February, she assumed she didn't have much time to live. "The first time I found out I didn't cry, I didn't have any emotions about it," she says. "But, then you start going through it and you start losing your hair, and you start losing everything, it's like you're losing your dignity." ... Read More

    Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 19, 2016

    Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Earlier this year, a national “moonshot” to defeat cancer was announced at the State of the Union. I was gratified to see rural cancer care issues included in this conversation. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has long emphasized working to ensure that individuals who live in rural areas can access cancer screening, treatment, and prevention resources. This is challenging work, but thanks to commitment from other high-quality health care organizations, we are improving cancer care in rural communities.... Read More

    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments
    Education, Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 17, 2016

    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Lilli Hartvigsen remembers the moment her three-year-old son Ethan was diagnosed with cancer. “On November 7th, three weeks after he had an MRI, they told us it was lymphoma,” she says. It began as a limp and quickly became a parent’s worst nightmare. “They actually did a bone scan, and it was all over his bones,” Lilli explains, “Stage 4 cancer. It was terrible.” ... Read More

    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Oct 17, 2016

    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Cindy Shepherd hasn't missed a yearly mammogram since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer about 16 years ago. Shepherd didn't need a reminder to keep that appointment after watching her sister go through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But she got one anyway five years ago when her mother, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the disease so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy. In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death: In 2012, there were 115.5 cases of breast cancer and 20.5 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, according to the state Department of Health.... Read More

    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 13, 2016

    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY—Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced today the results of a study that found that circumstances in childhood, such as parental occupation at birth and neighborhood income, may be associated with different risks of certain cancers later in life. HCI researchers and collaborators at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Temple University Health System in Philadelphia analyzed cancer risk and socioeconomic status (SES) of Baby Boomers (for this study, those born during 1945 – 1959,) in two Utah counties. ... Read More