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Brain tumors are masses of tissue that occur when brain cells grow faster than normal and don't follow the normal life cycle of a cell. Tumors may be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
According to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, brain tumors are
- the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under age 20;
- the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39;
- the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20-39.
But there is hope. Researchers are making discoveries every day about what causes brain tumors and which treatments are most effective. Learn more about brain tumors and how HCI is finding new ways to fight them:
Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program
Brain Cancer Clinical Trials
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is your source for free cancer information. The CLC is located on the sixth floor of the cancer hospital.
The CLC offers four easy ways to get cancer-related information:
- Call toll free 1-888-424-2100
- Visit the sixth floor of the cancer hospital
- Text "askhci" to 66746
Feeling distress is normal when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Being upset, worried, and afraid are normal parts of the process. Distress can also include feelings of anxiety and sadness. When a person feels too much distress, however, it can interfere with their ability to cope and their treatment, recovery, and life.
As part of National Mental Health Month, HCI reminds patients it’s important to address the emotional concerns that come with a cancer diagnosis. Talk to your health care team if you are feeling distress, and check out these resources:
Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
Tool to Measure Distress
Grief Due to Loss of Health
Our friendly pharmacists and technicians are ready to help you get your prescriptions refilled. Fill one, two or as many prescriptions as you would like. It's fast, easy and convenient!
The full-service retail pharmacy is located on the first floor of the cancer hospital.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday
To learn more about our on-site pharmacy, visit the website.
Scientists and doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) research all aspects of cancer – from improved detection and treatment methods to cancer prevention and risk reduction. Cancer research develops new approaches to help cancer patients live longer and better lives. Read about HCI’s cancer investigators and research programs. Also, learn about current HCI research news and findings and reach touching stories of cancer survivors who have benefited from cancer research.
Cancer research at HCI:
Current research news:
Longer days and warmer temperatures mean more time spent out in the sun. Remember to protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors, and learn what to look for when examining your skin. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s doctors recommend you check your skin monthly to get familiar with your own moles and freckles. Talk to a dermatologist right away if you see any changes. Read more about melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer.