McKayla Benson wanted to do a service project for her senior year of high school. She focused her project on something she loves—music.
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Cancer and its treatments can cause tightness and restrictions in the body that may cause pain and difficulty in doing everyday tasks. Learn how osteopathic doctors can reduce these restrictions and improve patients' overall wellbeing.
Have you ever wondered what a fitness instructor does to stay healthy in their own life? HCI's Kim Walker shares how she prioritizes time for her healthy habits.
Research shows that art activities provide measureable health benefits to people at all stages of the cancer journey, letting them live better and healthier lives.
Our patients helped us create a summer playlist of inspirational songs, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Complementary and integrative medicine is a type of health care used alongside standard treatments. It can be used during cancer treatment to help with symptoms and side effects, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
In the heat of summer, a hot flash can feel unbearable. Hot flashes affect the quality of life of many cancer patients. They may be a side effect of cancer or its treatment, especially for patients treated for breast cancer or prostate cancer. These tips may help manage hot flashes during the summer.
When we experience illnesses such as cancer, we sometimes develop an antagonistic relationship with our bodies. And yet, these are the times when they most need our care and appreciation. Treating your body with kindness and appreciation will allow you to experience greater happiness.
Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that harnesses the power of music to improve quality of life in people dealing with illness. Learn how music therapy can benefit people going through cancer treatment.
After your cancer diagnosis or during treatment, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, or even in pain. Massage therapy is an integrative therapy (a treatment that helps with physical or emotional symptoms) that may help increase your sense of well-being.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients and caregivers are invited to join Writer in Residence Susan Sample for a time capsule writing workshop. Reflect on events in your life this past year and create stories for time capsules we’ll create. You can keep the time capsules or give them as gifts to family and friends. Come for as many or as few sessions as you’d like.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients and caregivers are invited to join Writer in Residence Susan Sample to explore different techniques for journaling—from lists to letters unsent, stream-of-consciousness writing to captured memories—as ways of healing and personal growth.
Artist in Residence workshops for August 2016.
Using moonlight gel pens on squares of black paper, nearly 70 people described what sparks their inspiration on posters at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Hospital. Physicians and pharmacists, nurses and research technicians, caregivers and patients participated in the hospital-wide writing activity, taking their cue from the lyrics of Katy Perry’s song “Firework”: “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine / Just own the night like the 4th of July / ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework!” The four colorful posters everyone created are being rotated through patient-care areas for the next several weeks.
This post is part of Central Line, a community writing space for everyone who is part of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Whether you are or were a patient, family member, caregiver, physician, staff, or researcher, we invite you to join our writing circle. Learn more about Central Line.
Come and let your body enjoy the health benefits from laughter. Whole Body Laughter includes breathing techniques and games designed to encourage playfulness and well-being. This is not a high-energy activity.
My Artist in Residence position at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is something I never saw coming. I have always considered myself primarily a studio artist, but my trajectory as an artist shifted drastically when my father died suddenly in 2010. His death taught me a lot about grief and the value of life. I learned that it is tough to measure the importance of a person until he is gone, and that part of loving means accepting what is unlovable—that is, the experience of losing the person you love. For this reason, my father’s death was more traumatic to me then I could ever have anticipated, fundamentally changing the way I engaged in life and art.
The Artist in Residence Program brings art making to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients, their loved ones, and health care staff.
Join us in May on the patio behind Huntsman Cancer Hospital where we’ll draw inspiration from the hills, sky, birds, and flowers to write haiku, a form of Japanese verse with three unrhymed lines.
Join us for a workshop painting ceramic mushrooms. These colorful sculptures are a fun addition to any garden.