The Only Cancer Institute in the World Designed by a Patient

Jon Huntsman, Sr., has had cancer four times. So he’s spent enough time in cancer hospitals to know what he’d do differently when he designed one from scratch. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute is unlike any other. It looks different. Feels different.

Why is nutrition important before, during, and after cancer?

Good nutrition before and during treatment helps your body handle cancer treatment better with fewer side effects. Eating well can boost your immune system, reduce your risk of infection, help you stay strong, and heal after the stress of therapy.

The foods we eat can have a major impact on our health, including an increased risk for cancer. Research shows eating a healthy diet focused on plant-based foods may help protect against a wide range of cancers.

Learn more about the connection between cancer and nutrition

Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. If melanoma is found early, it is easier to treat. Researchers at the University of Utah and Texas Tech University have identified a new approach for finding suspicious moles that could be melanoma: mole crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing refers to using crowds of people, often recruited online, to accomplish tasks. An individual performing a skin self-exam can miss about half of melanomas. But with mole crowdsourcing, one example showed if at least 19 out of 100 people think a mole is suspicious, then a doctor should examine it. Researchers are developing a cell phone application that will allow people to take a photo of a mole and have that image evaluated by other users. Learn more in The Scope Radio podcast about mole crowdsourcing.

Learn more about mole-mapping and melanoma treatment programs

Art Therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Dozens of patients attend weekly art therapy sessions at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and find it helps with recovery and expression. For one breast cancer patient who lost her hair from chemotherapy, she started designing her own silk scarves and now she’s teaching others how to do it.

Silk scarves are just one medium offered as part of the Artist in Residence Program, which brings different types of art therapy to HCI. A professional artist comes to the HCI cancer hospital each week and works with patients, their loved ones, and staff to learn about and create art. This provides a chance for them to focus on creativity and self-expression, and relief from boredom, stress, fear, and pain associated with diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about the art therapy at HCI

Feeling Cancer Information Overload? Call or visit our Cancer Learning Center

With so much information about cancer that is readily available, those impacted by a cancer diagnosis often experience a feeling of information overload.

The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) at HCI provides a welcoming environment where patients, families, and the general public can get answers to their questions about cancer. Trained health educators help visitors and callers navigate the potential for information overload and provide current, accurate information about treatment, side effects, and coping strategies. This resource is free for anyone with questions about cancer.

Learn more about the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center

Recent News

Dalai Lama Meets with Huntsman Cancer Institute Leaders, Blesses Patients

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah during a brief visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute today, Tuesday, June 21. His visit coincides with his appearance later in the afternoon at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center where he will speak about compassion and universal responsibility.

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Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects against Alzheimer’s

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease—raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder—a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO to Join Federal Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO and director, Mary Beckerle, PhD, has been asked to join Vice President Joe Biden’s Moonshot Program Initiative as an invited member of a new Blue Ribbon Panel, tasked with advising the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) on the scientific opportunities available to accelerate progress against cancer and evaluate potential new investments in cancer research.

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