HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Deborah Stephens, DO, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award. She is the physician leader of the Hematology Clinical Trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute and is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies at the University of Utah.
Each year, more than 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young people, a cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. This was the case for Marina Pimentel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, at age 26. Marina worked with an AYA patient navigator to help her manage the complexities of cancer treatment and care.
Photopheresis treatment seems to modulate the immune system, not suppress it, allowing the body to manage graft-versus-host disease without counteracting the effects of the hematopoietic stem cell transplant.
John Sweetenham, MD, shares his experience of growing up in England, what other profession he might have liked to practice, and more.