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.

Data is Knowledge, Knowledge is Power

At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), researchers are using the power of Big Data to help prevent cancer. HCI is home of the Utah Population Database (UPDB), a shared data resource that tracks family medical history through many generations.  Utilizing the UPDB, researchers are able to identify families that have higher than normal rates of certain cancers. 

Emily is a member of one of those families. Her grandmother, aunt, father, and sister were all diagnosed with cancer. When genetic testing revealed Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, Emily took preventive measures. 

Read more about Emily’s story and the UPDB

Why is nutrition important before, during, and after cancer?

Good nutrition before and during treatment helps your body handle cancer treatment better with fewer side effects. Eating well can boost your immune system, reduce your risk of infection, help you stay strong, and heal after the stress of therapy.

The foods we eat can have a major impact on our health, including an increased risk for cancer. Research shows eating a healthy diet focused on plant-based foods may help protect against a wide range of cancers.

Learn more about the connection between cancer and nutrition

Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. If melanoma is found early, it is easier to treat. Researchers at the University of Utah and Texas Tech University have identified a new approach for finding suspicious moles that could be melanoma: mole crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing refers to using crowds of people, often recruited online, to accomplish tasks. An individual performing a skin self-exam can miss about half of melanomas. But with mole crowdsourcing, one example showed if at least 19 out of 100 people think a mole is suspicious, then a doctor should examine it. Researchers are developing a cell phone application that will allow people to take a photo of a mole and have that image evaluated by other users. Learn more in The Scope Radio podcast about mole crowdsourcing.

Learn more about mole-mapping and melanoma treatment programs

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

Recent News

Dalai Lama Meets with Huntsman Cancer Institute Leaders, Blesses Patients

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah during a brief visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute today, Tuesday, June 21. His visit coincides with his appearance later in the afternoon at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center where he will speak about compassion and universal responsibility.

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Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects against Alzheimer’s

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease—raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder—a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO to Join Federal Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO and director, Mary Beckerle, PhD, has been asked to join Vice President Joe Biden’s Moonshot Program Initiative as an invited member of a new Blue Ribbon Panel, tasked with advising the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) on the scientific opportunities available to accelerate progress against cancer and evaluate potential new investments in cancer research.

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