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Finding a Little Fun: Nurses Week, Day 2

Finding a Little Fun: Nurses Week, Day 2

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, it’s Day 2 of Nurses Week. For a group of professionals who take their work very seriously, HCI nurses also find time to fit a little “fun” into their lives at work. Many times this involves food or theme events, such as wearing crazy socks. They always find creative ways to bring a smile to a patient as well. Besides being competent at what they do, kind and compassionate to patients and families, they are also a huge support to each other. The work of a nurse is not easy. There are days when they are asked to accomplish more than seems humanly possible. Our HCI motto is “Patient first, United effort, Excellence in all we do.” HCI nurses live this 24/7.

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nursing, cancer care,

Celebrating Our Nurses

Celebrating Our Nurses

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we have an extraordinary team of nurses and support professionals who contribute to our patient care at every step—from clinic visits to infusion to surgery to wellness to family support. I am extremely proud of the high quality of care our nurses deliver to our patients and families who are dealing with the enormous physical and emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis.

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nursing, cancer care,

Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence

Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence

The Italian word "volto" translates as "face." These full-face masks were known as "citizen's masks" because they were originally worn by common people during the Carnival of Venice. By draping acrylic felt over a reusable form and using rice paste (a gluten-free mach& alternative) to stiffen, students create a sculptural mask that can be decorated with materials such as paint, glitter, feathers, and rhinestones.

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wellness center, creative arts,

Providing the Last, Best Hope

Providing the Last, Best Hope

Clinical trials for some cancer patients may be the last, best hope for survival. A phase I trial is the first time a treatment is studied in people—usually a select number of patients who have not had success with other treatments. A rigorous process of approval takes place before doctors test these new therapies on patients for the first time.

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clinical trials, cancer research,

The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure

The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure

This June, hundreds of cyclists will hit the road between Delta and Salt Lake City, Utah. Many will ride 25 miles, a few will ride the full 140. All will ride to find a cure for cancer. Now in its sixth year, the Huntsman 140 event is a fundraiser to support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). This year’s goal is $525,000.

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fundraising events, giving,

Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund
Cancer Champions

Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund

Just three weeks after their wedding in 2007, newlyweds Dan and Melanie Hedlund were in for some startling news—Dan had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

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 Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

The day after Christmas in the year 2000, Jeff Warren received devastating news: he had stage IV head and neck cancer, which gave him—at best—a 25% chance to live five years. His radiation oncologist could see Jeff struggling with the diagnosis. The physician wrote down his home phone number and gave it to Jeff, saying, “If there’s anything you need, anytime, call me. I’m here for you.” That moment made an impression on Jeff. He says, “I realized I was working with a physician who felt he and his institution had some skin in the game. It wasn’t just that I was a patient, or a number, or one of the many. To him I was an individual.”

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patient stories, head and neck cancer, fundraising events

 Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams
Cancer Champions

Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Marilyn Williams is the owner of a very special miniature schnauzer: The Taz. Part of what makes The Taz so special is her work as a therapy animal visiting patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Cancer Hospital. When Marilyn pulls out The Taz’s red scarf in the morning in preparation for visiting the cancer hospital, The Taz bounces around in excitement. The Taz loves to talk to everyone in her path once she arrives. Marilyn sees the tension leave patients as they interact with The Taz, which makes them laugh and smile.

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therapy animal, volunteer