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.
Long before Angelina Jolie told the world that she had tested positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene and why she decided to remove her breasts and ovaries, Huntsman Cancer Institute was using genetic testing to identify people at increased risk for cancer.
Genetic testing may be recommended by a genetic counselor, a health care professional with special training in inherited diseases. They look at a person’s health history and determine if testing will be helpful to find an inherited risk. They also interpret test results and help people take action to prevent cancer or detect it as early as possible.
Learn more about genetic testing at HCI and if genetic testing is right for you?
No one plans on having a medical emergency, but if one happens, an advance directive outlines your plans and wishes for medical care. It tells your doctor and your family what decisions to make on your behalf, if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Even if you’re young and healthy, you can prepare for possible events with an advance directive. The forms for an advance directive vary by state, but most follow the same basic format.
Learn more about advance directives and how to fill yours out today.
Teamwork is the focus of HCI’s tumor boards, monthly meetings where all the specialists involved in treating a given type of cancer share their expertise to come up with a treatment plan for a patient. This exchange means every patient receives the best care, aiming not only for survival but the highest quality of life possible.
Together a team of doctors, social workers, investigative researchers, and other allied health professionals create a plan to treat an individual’s cancer with a combination of therapies. Learn how one patient, Dan Hedlund, is now cancer-free after undergoing treatment through HCI’s sarcoma multidisciplinary team.
Read more about how HCI gives patients access to cutting-edge therapies.