Living a More Purposeful Life

Living a More Purposeful Life

In the short time between Ken Selden’s cancer diagnosis and the end of his treatment, he and his wife, Julieann, went through a lifetime’s worth of grief, fear, pain, hope, and joy. In return, they’ve earned a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. After what the young couple call the worst trial they’ve ever faced, Julieann and Ken say they now live a more purposeful life....

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sarcoma, AYA cancer, patient stories

What Clothing Is Best for Protecting the Skin?

What Clothing Is Best for Protecting the Skin?

Summer offers plenty of chances to get sun damage, especially when you’re outdoors all day. Whether you’re at the pool or beach, on a river trip, in the mountains, or at the amusement park, you’re risking skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your skin, says the American Academy of Dermatology. And UV damage may lead to skin cancer....

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melanoma, skin cancer, sun safety, cancer prevention

Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients

Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients

Although sarcomas make up a small percentage of adult cancers and about 15 percent of childhood cancers, they are anything but small to the families they affect. The Sarcoma Disease-Oriented Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), led by R. Lor Randall, MD, and Jeffrey T. Yap, PhD, is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for these cancers of the body’s connective tissues, bone, and muscles....

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Sarcoma, HI-AYA, AYA cancer, cancer care

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

Growing up in Roseville, California, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders spent every waking hour playing and training outside in the water—usually without sunscreen. “I associated sunscreen with vacation, not training,” Sanders says. Then, in 2014, she was diagnosed with melanoma. No one can say for sure what caused Sanders’ melanoma, but she thinks her frequent exposure to the sun was a contributing factor. ...

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melanoma, skin cancer, sun safety, cancer prevention, patient stories

The Club You Never Asked to Join: Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer at CancerCon

The Club You Never Asked to Join: Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer at CancerCon

If you're an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer, it's easy to feel alone. While the number of AYAs with cancer in the United States is not small—70,000 are diagnosed each year—it can feel like you're the only one your age going through this. As the patient navigator for the HI-AYA Cancer Care Program, I recently attended CancerCon, a conference that talks about the challenges of having cancer as an AYA and provides a space for people get to know each other. ...

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cancer care, HI-AYA, aya cancer

Bringing Puppy Love to HCI

Bringing Puppy Love to HCI

I volunteer at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) with my dog, Luna. As a survivor, I feel honored to spend time with the staff, visitors, and patients at HCI. Cancer is a horrible condition that does not care who it affects. The work Luna and I do can help ease a patient’s burden....

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volunteer, therapy animal, cancer care

Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

April 3-9 is National Public Health Week, which celebrates a growing movement to create the healthiest nation we can. The public health system prevents diseases, including cancer. Public health officials look for patterns to understand why cancer and other diseases happen, teach people about healthy decisions, and create policies that make sure we live in healthy, safe communities....

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public health, cancer prevention, health equity

HCI CEO and Director Testifies before Congress on the Value of Federally-Funded Medical Research

HCI CEO and Director Testifies before Congress on the Value of Federally-Funded Medical Research

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She spoke on the impact of federally-funded cancer research. Beckerle was invited to testify at this bipartisan hearing by Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. ...

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science policy, cancer research

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Evidence shows that eating a diet full of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans may help lower risk for many cancers. Try this delicious carrot-ginger soup with a slice of whole grain bread and a side salad for a warming winter meal, or serve it chilled for a refreshing summer option....

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cancer prevention, nutrition, recipe,

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Taryn Palmer lost her father to stage IV colorectal cancer. As she and her family tried to find some way to reconcile their grief with celebrating his life, Taryn discovered Dress in Blue Day, a way to increase awareness about colon cancer risk and encourage early screening. She talks about what Dress in Blue Day has meant to her and her family as they honor their father and fight back against this devastating disease....

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colorectal cancer, patient stories

HCI Researcher Receives Merit Award for Prostate Cancer Research

HCI Researcher Receives Merit Award for Prostate Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researcher Andrew Hahn, MD, received an award for his work in genitourinary cancers from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award recognizes young researchers who have made a significant impact to their field of study and promotes clinical cancer research by giving recipients the chance to present their findings at conferences....

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cancer research, prostate cancer, graduate students

The Importance of Investing in Biomedical Research

The Importance of Investing in Biomedical Research

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, includes $4.8 billion to fund research and drug development. The law provided funds for a number of initiatives, including the “Cancer Moonshot” effort, which seeks to accelerate cancer research in the United States. Cancer researchers at HCI urge the community to continue to support biomedical research in order to develop safe and effective disease treatments. ...

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cancer moonshot, science policy, cancer research

HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event

HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah served as a panelist at an event organized by the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The event, held on January 11, 2017, focused on addressing the cancer challenge in community oncology, including strategies for research, prevention, coverage, and quality of care. Beckerle participated in a discussion on addressing disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. ...

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cancer moonshot, health equity