On May 16, 2018, HCI hosted a NASA astronaut and a team from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to discuss the opportunity of researching cancer in space.
HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Theresa Werner, MD, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award. She is the medical director of Clinical Trials and treats patients with gynecologic cancers.
Huntsman Cancer Institute Opens Center for HOPE and is Awarded $9.7 Million to Improve Health Among Underserved Populations
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) today announced the opening of the Cancer Population Sciences and Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE), a new research and clinical space dedicated to preventing cancer and improving health among underserved populations and improving outcomes in cancer patients. The center recently received $9.7 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to fund a clinical trial researching new and effective approaches to reduce tobacco use.
“Driving Innovative Cancer Science to Patient Care” was the theme of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting, which took place April 14-18 in Chicago. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) faculty and staff joined almost 22,000 other scientists, physicians, and patient advocates from around the world to share the latest findings in translational, clinical, and prevention-focused cancer research.
HCI established The Society of Huntsman Translational Scholars to recognize excellence in the discipline of translational science. Robert Andtbacka, MD, was recently honored with a Huntsman Translational Scholar award and will also lead the group for the coming year.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an acclaimed nonfiction book about the revolutionary research, ethical questions, and racism wrapped up in one woman’s cancer story.
When I was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma, behind all of the distress about treatment was an overwhelming feeling of disbelief that I was about to become infertile at age 28. But being able to retrieve and freeze my eggs before chemotherapy gave me back a little bit of the control I felt was lacking.
“Our perspective was to enjoy life no matter the circumstances. You find joy. Sometimes you have to search under the rug and in the closet, but there’s something to be happy about every day.”
The PathMaker Cancer Research Program is for high school and undergraduate students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Under the mentorship of an HCI scientist, PathMaker scholars conduct research and build a foundation for careers in health professions and biomedical research.
The POWER Program (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) gives a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. For Farley Eskelson, it also gave him the chance to get back to the activities he loves.
Patient groups learn from trained facilitators to reduce stress and pain, restore well-being, and feel calm and relaxed.
The Young Adult Cancer Caregiver study is currently recruiting participants. The study will look at how social media may help or hinder young adults who take care of a cancer patient.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, take a look at a few books geared towards women located in the Cancer Learning Center.
Huntsman Cancer Institute celebrates International Women's Day 2018 in a conversation with Dr. Theresa Werner. Her patients juggle treatment with lives that often include work, a relationship, and motherhood. She talks with us about the optimistic women she treats in clinic and a stylish first lady of the United States she would trade lives with for a day.
With high mountain peaks and acres of powdery snow, Utah is known for its great skiing. But Utahns who spend lots of time outdoors at high elevations are at increased risk for sun damage, which can lead to skin cancer. Here's how to protect your skin while you're out earning your turns.
In a study recently published in Acta Neuropathologica, L. Eric Huang, MD, PhD, Huntsman Can-cer Institute researcher and associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Utah, and colleagues report on new findings in the function of an enzyme, IDH1, in the development of gliomas. Gliomas are life-threatening tumors of brain or spinal cord tissue, and this type of tu-mor affects approximately 25,000 people each year. As changes in IDH1 are found in the vast majority of gliomas, understanding the impact of IDH1 enzyme function is critical to advancing research in this disease.
The community outreach interns at Huntsman Cancer Institute work on the front lines of cancer prevention education. They receive training from health educators in cancer information and teaching strategies and take it out to health fairs and presentations in schools and businesses throughout Utah and the Mountain West.
Thank goodness sweet potatoes are not just for the holidays. These sweet, creamy vegetables are packed with powerful cancer-fighting nutrients and make a lovely canvas for other healthy foods like chopped herbs, nuts, or veggies. Research shows eating a variety of plant-based foods may lower your risk of cancer.
Dr. Glen Bowen, my mentor, taught me the idea that the treatment team is like an octopus. Meaning, we are a single brain with eight arms. I’m an arm, the nurse is an arm, the scheduler is an arm—we are all an arm, and no arm is more or less important in caring for our patients.
This infographic highlights a few of Huntsman Cancer Institute's accomplishments in 2017.