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    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
    Education, Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 11, 2016

    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) know it's important for all community members to understand breast cancer, screenings and prevention. Today they share the top things you can do to help lower your rise of breast cancer.... Read More

    Treatment for skin cancer helps stop thyroid cancer
    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Oct 10, 2016

    Treatment for skin cancer helps stop thyroid cancer

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    Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are discovering some treatments that work for one type of cancer may also work for another, if it has similar mutations, or genetic changes. Genetic changes, or mutations, change some normal cells in the body into cancer cells which can grow and multiply. There are more than 100 types of cancer, which means many different ways to treat cancer are needed. Most cancers are named for the part of the body where they started.... Read More

    Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 07, 2016

    Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative

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    There's something about Utah's uncluttered landscape and expansive blue sky that gives Mary Beckerle a sense of mental space. It helps her think, she says, and fuels her desire to explore both mentally and physically. It's the reason the New Jersey native came to the Beehive State in the 1980s to teach at the University of Utah. Thirty years later, she's found herself in the Huntsman Cancer Institute's corner office as its CEO, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the geography she loves so much.... Read More

    Lynch syndrome research could prevent cancer deaths
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education, Research
    Oct 03, 2016

    Lynch syndrome research could prevent cancer deaths

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    Cancer isn’t the first hardship dealt to Carrie Grindle-Lyons. In 2008, she delivered a baby boy at 22 weeks. He was stillborn. Her doctor asked her not to try getting pregnant again right away because she had fibroids in her uterus. They were removed with surgery that left her uterus in place. A year after she lost her baby, Carrie went in for a checkup. What doctors found devastated her. “The fibroids grew back, and they found out I had endometrial cancer,” she says. ... Read More

    Tiny needles make big impact on quality of life for cancer patients
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 03, 2016

    Tiny needles make big impact on quality of life for cancer patients

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    To say Annie Budhathoki, DAOM, L.Ac., was skeptical of acupuncture would be an understatement. “I thought acupuncture was the devil’s work,” she says. Then she was in a horrific accident. After more than two years of surgeries and recovery, she still had to walk with a cane. She turned to acupuncture as a last resort to relieve the pain in her leg, and quickly became a believer. After three sessions she was able to walk, cane-free. ... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Announces New Leadership
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education, Research
    Sep 29, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Announces New Leadership

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    SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) today announced that Ben Tanner, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) current director of clinical operations and chief operating officer (COO) has been named the cancer hospital’s executive director, replacing Ray Lynch, who is retiring after 13 years of service. Tanner will assume his duties immediately.... Read More

    Live in Utah? You’re likely in one of the world’s largest genetic databases
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Sep 23, 2016

    Live in Utah? You’re likely in one of the world’s largest genetic databases

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    Lisa Callister walked into LDS Hospital in 2012 for a routine colonoscopy. She walked out knowing a tumor had been growing unchecked in her colon for about six years. She battled for more than a year as colon cancer ravaged her body. Doctors had to remove the entire organ. But the ordeal might have been avoided, Callister said, if she had previously known that she had Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many cancers. The gene runs in her family, but Callister, her sister, Emily Scalley, and their siblings had not been tested. ... Read More

    HCI Scientist Receives $1M Award to Fund Cancer Research
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Sep 22, 2016

    HCI Scientist Receives $1M Award to Fund Cancer Research

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    SALT LAKE CITY—Jody Rosenblatt, Ph.D., a cell biologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar, HHMI announced today: https://www.hhmi.org/news/philanthropies-announce-selection-faculty-scholars. The award provides $1 million to fund her research over the course of five years.... Read More

    A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Sep 19, 2016

    A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it

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    Thousands of lives could be saved by a simple vaccination to protect against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Yet only 51% of teens receive the vaccine each year. Every year more than four thousand people die from cancers related to HPV. It's upsetting, it's really upsetting,” says Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, a population scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “If you ask any cancer survivor whether they would have taken an opportunity to get a vaccine that prevented their cancer, they would say yes.”... Read More

    ‘Liking’ Our Way to a Cure for Cancer
    Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Sep 16, 2016

    ‘Liking’ Our Way to a Cure for Cancer

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    Researchers recently revealed in a Nature Genetics paper that they had identified a new gene linked to ALS, a neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The July announcement was a milestone in the fight against ALS, which affects about 30,000 Americans, and a historic moment in financing disease research. ... Read More

    Insurance slow to 'catch up' with cancer drug as Utah man runs out of time
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education
    Sep 16, 2016

    Insurance slow to 'catch up' with cancer drug as Utah man runs out of time

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    To look at 52-year-old Mark Wilson, actively keeping up with the high school baseball players he coaches, you'd never know that cancer is tearing his body apart. “It's a sarcoma,” Wilson said. “I was diagnosed with it in October of 1999." He has survived thanks to a strong disposition as well as the strong work of his doctors and nurses.... Read More

    Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Sep 14, 2016

    Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE

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    SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah today announced the creation of a new center to be housed in the soon-to-be-completed expansion of HCI’s research enterprise, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. The new center will be called the Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) and will focus on discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations, including individuals living in poverty and residents of rural (between 6.1 and 99.9 persons/sq. mile) and frontier (<6.1 persons/sq. mile) areas.... Read More

    Not a family curse, but an inherited cancer syndrome
    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Research, Education
    Sep 02, 2016

    Not a family curse, but an inherited cancer syndrome

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    As a child, Eleana used to think her family was cursed. Her father, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins all had cancer and passed away at a young age. One cousin died of lung cancer when he was just 12 years old. “I was afraid to let anyone get attached to me and I was afraid to get attached to anyone,” she says. “I thought if I love somebody they're going to die, if somebody loves me, they're going to die.” When her daughter, Kiera, complained of a sharp pain in her side that wouldn’t go away, Eleana took her to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Kiera was diagnosed with pleomorphic sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer, at the age of 19. After several months of treatment and surgery on her abdomen, Kiera was pronounced cancer-free. Kiera’s experience with cancer gave her a new life mission. She became a cancer researcher at HCI.... Read More

    Kneaders Bakery & Café And The Huntsman Cancer Institute Partner To Raise Money For Childhood Cancer Research
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    Aug 31, 2016

    Kneaders Bakery & Café And The Huntsman Cancer Institute Partner To Raise Money For Childhood Cancer Research

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, 43 children in America are diagnosed with cancer. Salt Lake City-based Kneaders Bakery & Café is proud to partner with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) during the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on a campaign to fight childhood cancer.... Read More

    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Research, Education
    Aug 30, 2016

    Part of $22 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Air pollution is an ongoing problem in many communities throughout the U.S. Air pollution is a major health concern in the state of Utah, with its cities often ranking atop EPA’s list of cities with the worst short-term air pollution in the U.S. Children are particularly vulnerable to pollution-induced illnesses. For children who have had cancer, many face pulmonary-related health problems due to chemotherapy, radiation and surgery they endured to treat their cancer. It’s likely that short-term exposure to air pollutants could exacerbate acute pulmonary issues in childhood cancer survivors.... Read More

    New Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Personalizes Lifelong Patient Care
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    Aug 29, 2016

    New Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Personalizes Lifelong Patient Care

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    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is launching a unique program, called HCI-Total Cancer Care, which will follow patients through cancer screenings, treatments, and into good health throughout their lives. The program, which is borne out of HCI’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), utilizes patient data to help match patients to clinical trials and treatment developments happening across the country, offering never-before-seen access to cutting edge innovations in cancer care, while tracking a patient’s health throughout his or her lifetime.... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program
    Health Care Transformation, Research, Education, Clinical
    Aug 29, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program

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    The Huntsman Cancer Institute is launching a new program that combines genetic research with lifelong treatment for cancer patients. It’s is a part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN. More than a dozen of the nation’s top cancer research centers are part of the network, which was built to share data about cancer between the institutions.... Read More