The Only Cancer Institute in the World Designed by a Patient

Jon Huntsman, Sr., has had cancer four times. So he’s spent enough time in cancer hospitals to know what he’d do differently when he designed one from scratch. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute is unlike any other. It looks different. Feels different.

Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER) at HCI

When dealing with cancer treatments and side effects, exercising usually isn’t at the top of a patient’s to-do list. One program at HCI is helping patients understand the importance of physical fitness: Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER).

Studies show that exercising during and after treatment reduces recurrence rates and improves overall health and survival. At HCI’s Wellness Center, cancer exercise specialists meet with patients to create exercise prescriptions tailored to their abilities. Then the patient is walked through their exercise prescription, including what to do both at the Wellness Center and at home.

Learn more about the POWER program at HCI.

Feeling Cancer Information Overload? Call or visit our Cancer Learning Center

With so much information about cancer that is readily available, those impacted by a cancer diagnosis often experience a feeling of information overload.

The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) at HCI provides a welcoming environment where patients, families, and the general public can get answers to their questions about cancer. Trained health educators help visitors and callers navigate the potential for information overload and provide current, accurate information about treatment, side effects, and coping strategies. This resource is free for anyone with questions about cancer.

Learn more about the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center

A Seed Makes Breast Cancer Surgery Easier

Radiation therapy has been a standard cancer treatment for decades. Thanks to cancer research facilities such as Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), doctors are finding novel ways to deliver the treatment, allowing for improved outcomes. Cancer specialists at HCI are using radiation therapy in the form of seeds (called brachytherapy) by placing them inside the body in or near the cancer. This helps kill cancer cells and also helps doctors identify the cancerous areas to remove during surgery.

Learn more about radiation seeds and one patient whose breast cancer treatment benefited from this new surgical innovation.

Mindfulness Group Helps Manage Pain, Other Symptoms

Mindfulness is a way to learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques, restore peace and well-being. For patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), a weekly mindfulness group has helped reduce pain and other symptoms at.

The group started as a way to help people learn tools for reducing stress and cope with pain associated with cancer. Dr. Paul Thielking, a psychiatrist at HCI who leads the group, says meditation-based practices have a long history and are becoming a more prevalent form of chronic pain management in treatment centers across the country.

Learn more about HCI’s Mindfulness Group.

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