Advance Care Planning Is a Gift
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Advance Care Planning Is a Gift

When Lisa Lindblad’s brain cancer placed her on life support and unable to speak for herself, her family turned to an advance directive Lisa had prepared for that very reason. Watch the video to hear their story....

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Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention
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Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

April 3-9 is National Public Health Week, which celebrates a growing movement to create the healthiest nation we can. The public health system prevents diseases, including cancer. Public health officials look for patterns to understand why cancer and other diseases happen, teach people about healthy decisions, and create policies that make sure we live in healthy, safe communities....

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public health, cancer prevention, health education,

HCI CEO and Director Testifies before Congress on the Value of Federally-Funded Medical Research
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HCI CEO and Director Testifies before Congress on the Value of Federally-Funded Medical Research

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She spoke on the impact of federally-funded cancer research. Beckerle was invited to testify at this bipartisan hearing by Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. ...

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policy, biomedical research funding

Carrot-Ginger Soup
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Carrot-Ginger Soup

Evidence shows that eating a diet full of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans may help lower risk for many cancers. Try this delicious carrot-ginger soup with a slice of whole grain bread and a side salad for a warming winter meal, or serve it chilled for a refreshing summer option....

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cancer prevention, healthy living, recipe,

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory
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Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Taryn Palmer lost her father to stage IV colorectal cancer. As she and her family tried to find some way to reconcile their grief with celebrating his life, Taryn discovered Dress in Blue Day, a way to increase awareness about colon cancer risk and encourage early screening. She talks about what Dress in Blue Day has meant to her and her family as they honor their father and fight back against this devastating disease....

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colon cancer, colorectal cancer, dress in blue day

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer will affect one in 21 individuals over the course of their lifetime and is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Colonoscopies reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by up to 70%. Learn more about colonoscopy and how you can manage your risk. ...

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colon cancer, colorectal cancer, colonoscopy

HCI Researcher Receives Merit Award for Prostate Cancer Research
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HCI Researcher Receives Merit Award for Prostate Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researcher Andrew Hahn, MD, received an award for his work in genitourinary cancers from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award recognizes young researchers who have made a significant impact to their field of study and promotes clinical cancer research by giving recipients the chance to present their findings at conferences....

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cancer, research, prostate cancer

The Importance of Investing in Biomedical Research
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The Importance of Investing in Biomedical Research

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, includes $4.8 billion to fund research and drug development. The law provided funds for a number of initiatives, including the “Cancer Moonshot” effort, which seeks to accelerate cancer research in the United States. Cancer researchers at HCI urge the community to continue to support biomedical research in order to develop safe and effective disease treatments. ...

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cancer moonshot, science policy, 21st century cures act

HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event
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HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah served as a panelist at an event organized by the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The event, held on January 11, 2017, focused on addressing the cancer challenge in community oncology, including strategies for research, prevention, coverage, and quality of care. Beckerle participated in a discussion on addressing disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. ...

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cancer moonshot, community oncology

Welcome New Providers
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Welcome New Providers

Vedran Radojcic, MD, was born and raised in Croatia, where he completed his medical training. After completing an internship in the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit and a research fellowship at the University of Zagreb, he joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on immunology of blood and marrow transplantation....

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Writing Workshop: Time Capsules
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Writing Workshop: Time Capsules

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. ...

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“Science Keeps Me Going”
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“Science Keeps Me Going”

A Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Italian does not cross one’s path every day. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patient Peter Bondanella holds that distinction. His credits include a list of about three dozen published original books and translations from the Italian and many illustrious awards and nominations....

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A Milestone Worth Celebrating

A Milestone Worth Celebrating

As milestones go, five years isn’t much in the “big picture” of a cancer center. At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), physicians, nurses, researchers, and other staff are a busy group of people with a mission to understand cancer, improve patient care, and provide education to the community about cancer risk and prevention. Taking time to celebrate isn’t what we do. But I feel the need to hit the pause button and reflect. Stopping to recognize the progress we’ve made, and the challenges we continue to face, can be inspiring and motivating to those of us on the front lines....

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Practicing Gratitude
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Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is a spiritual act practiced around the world by religious and non-religious people. Being grateful may benefit more than just life outlook. Studies show that practicing gratitude can contribute to a sense of wellbeing, promote healing, and help with coping in difficult situations such as cancer treatment. ...

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HI-AYA Patient and Family Board Eligibility
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HI-AYA Patient and Family Board Eligibility

The Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult (HI-AYA) program is recruiting members for its Patient and Family Board. The board supports the mission of the HI-AYA Cancer Care Program by advising the program team and advocating for patient and survivor needs. AYAs are people diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 39....

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Journaling Workshop for Patients and Caregivers
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Journaling Workshop for Patients and Caregivers

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....

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HCI Cancer Care Is Available in Farmington
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HCI Cancer Care Is Available in Farmington

Residents of Davis County now have a closer option for the excellent cancer care Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) provides. The HCI clinic at University of Utah Health Care’s Farmington Health Center, opened in Sept. 2016, offers several cancer treatments:...

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The Crucial Role of Environmental Services
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The Crucial Role of Environmental Services

You may think of the department in charge of cleaning the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) cancer hospital as “Housekeeping.” But the name has changed in recent years to Environmental Services (EVS) in order to reflect the department’s many responsibilities. The 55 EVS employees at HCI’s cancer hospital play a crucial role in keeping patients, visitors, and staff safe....

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Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Announces Recommendations
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Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Announces Recommendations

On September 7, 2016, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Acting Director Douglas Lowy, MD, accepted the recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) on a set of scientific approaches to accelerate progress in cancer research. An overview of the report was published in the journal Science....

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Putting an End to a Deadly Family Mystery
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Putting an End to a Deadly Family Mystery

When Kiera Jorgensen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, she fought not only sarcoma, but also a deadly mystery that had loomed over her family for generations. Now years out of treatment, Kiera has answers and is conducting research to help families like hers better understand a rare genetic mutation....

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New Report Says Having a Healthy Weight Lowers the Risk of More Cancers
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New Report Says Having a Healthy Weight Lowers the Risk of More Cancers

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine August 25, 2016. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis....

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Three HCI Employees Nominated for U of U Staff Awards
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Three HCI Employees Nominated for U of U Staff Awards

Each year 24 University of Utah staff are nominated for the Staff Excellence Awards. These awards recognize superior service and ongoing contributions among the U of U’s full-time employees. Three of this year’s 24 nominees are from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Learn more about these individuals who go above and beyond in cancer care, research, and prevention....

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The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life
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The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life

Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis: oral cancer. After that initial shock, Rebecca endured cancer treatment and went on to become an advocate for oral cancer awareness....

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Sparks to Share with Patients

Sparks to Share with Patients

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....

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Free Cancer Screening for Thousands
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Free Cancer Screening for Thousands

Cancer education and outreach is part of mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). That’s the purpose behind the annual Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, a free full-body exam performed by experienced physicians that is available to the public....

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Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients
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Improving the Lives of Sarcoma Patients

Although sarcomas make up a small percentage of adult cancers and about 15 percent of childhood cancers, they are anything but small to the families they affect. The Sarcoma Disease-Oriented Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), led by R. Lor Randall, MD, and Jeffrey T. Yap, PhD, is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for these cancers of the body’s connective tissues, bone, and muscles....

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What Clothing Is Best for Protecting the Skin?
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What Clothing Is Best for Protecting the Skin?

Summer offers plenty of chances to get sun damage, especially when you’re outdoors all day. Whether you’re at the pool or beach, on a river trip, in the mountains, or at the amusement park, you’re risking skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your skin, says the American Academy of Dermatology. And UV damage may lead to skin cancer....

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Central Line Writing Prompt: There’s a Spark in You
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Central Line Writing Prompt: There’s a Spark in You

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....

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HCI Physician Receives Award from National Cancer Institute
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HCI Physician Receives Award from National Cancer Institute

Congratulations to Theresa Werner, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and University of Utah assistant professor of medicine, who received a 2016 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Werner serves as medical director of the HCI Clinical Trials Office and manages an extensive portfolio of cancer clinical studies....

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Whole Body Laughter
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Whole Body Laughter

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....

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Expressing Life through Art
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Expressing Life through Art

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....

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HCI Convenes Cancer Moonshot Summit
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HCI Convenes Cancer Moonshot Summit

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah participated in a national summit on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on June 29, 2016. The Cancer Moonshot Summits were organized at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, and more than 270 organizations hosted summits that brought together patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, advocates, philanthropists, and data and technology experts to brainstorm ways of speeding up progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years—and to ultimately end cancer as we know it....

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HCI Plays Important Role in Cancer Moonshot Initiative
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HCI Plays Important Role in Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative, launched during President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address and headed by Vice President Joe Biden, is generating excitement and hope in the world of cancer research and care. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is playing an important role in these efforts. In addition to hosting a visit by Vice President Biden in February of this year, HCI researchers have continued to accelerate cancer research progress. ...

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Letter of Hope from the Varley Lab
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Letter of Hope from the Varley Lab

You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), but we want to let you know that we are working hard in the Varley Lab in the HCI research building next door. We conduct research that improves the treatment and care of patients like you. We are a small group of dedicated young men and women who are developing new strategies to diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancer....

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Nurses Week: A Final Thank You
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Nurses Week: A Final Thank You

It is hard to imagine a world without the care of nurses. Thanks to one dedicated woman in particular, we don’t have to. Florence Nightingale is broadly acknowledged and revered as the pioneer of modern nursing. Although most people know her as the “Lady with the Lamp,” she is much more than that....

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From Special Forces to Oncology Nursing
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From Special Forces to Oncology Nursing

Today is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Born May 12, 1820, she is broadly acknowledged and revered as the pioneer of modern nursing. She is remembered for her organizational skills and addressing sanitation conditions in hospitals and on the battle field....

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A Culture of Safety: Nurses Week, Day 3
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A Culture of Safety: Nurses Week, Day 3

The National Nurses Week theme this year is “Culture of Safety.” Huntsman Cancer Institute nurses work hard to maintain a safe environment for our patients. Cancer patients are some of the most vulnerable patients in health care. Due to their treatment or disease, they have compromised immune systems. This means there is a decreased number of white blood cells making it difficult to fight infection. HCI has a nurse dedicated to Infection Prevention. Jamie Fendler assists with monitoring our infection rates, provides training, and assists with policies and processes. Hand hygiene is the #1 method we use along with keeping a clean environment. Other examples of how nurses keep patients safe include fall risk assessment, patient identification, early recognition of concerning vital signs, and communicating information between departments. Nurses are in the hospital 24/7 to provide care and treatments and maintain a safe environment....

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Haiku on the Patio
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Haiku on the Patio

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....

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Finding a Little Fun: Nurses Week, Day 2
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Finding a Little Fun: Nurses Week, Day 2

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, it’s Day 2 of Nurses Week. For a group of professionals who take their work very seriously, HCI nurses also find time to fit a little “fun” into their lives at work. Many times this involves food or theme events, such as wearing crazy socks. They always find creative ways to bring a smile to a patient as well. Besides being competent at what they do, kind and compassionate to patients and families, they are also a huge support to each other. The work of a nurse is not easy. There are days when they are asked to accomplish more than seems humanly possible. Our HCI motto is “Patient first, United effort, Excellence in all we do.” HCI nurses live this 24/7....

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A Sense of Pride: Our Director of Nursing
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A Sense of Pride: Our Director of Nursing

I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to be the Director of Nursing Services at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Officially, Nurses Week starts May 6 and ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She was an amazing woman. Here are a few things you may not know about nurses:...

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Celebrating Our Nurses
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Celebrating Our Nurses

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we have an extraordinary team of nurses and support professionals who contribute to our patient care at every step—from clinic visits to infusion to surgery to wellness to family support. I am extremely proud of the high quality of care our nurses deliver to our patients and families who are dealing with the enormous physical and emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis....

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Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence
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Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence

The Italian word "volto" translates as "face." These full-face masks were known as "citizen's masks" because they were originally worn by common people during the Carnival of Venice. By draping acrylic felt over a reusable form and using rice paste (a gluten-free mach& alternative) to stiffen, students create a sculptural mask that can be decorated with materials such as paint, glitter, feathers, and rhinestones....

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Empowering Thousands with Cancer Information
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Empowering Thousands with Cancer Information

My first job out of college was with the Cancer Information Service of Utah and Idaho as a Cancer Information Specialist. We operated out of the Utah Regional Cancer Center in the University of Utah School of Medicine—an office of six people. We were part of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service network. My intention was to work long enough to get my husband through graduate school and then I was going to go to law school. I ended up loving my job because I could help people and make a difference in their lives. I have also loved all my co-workers and colleagues over the years....

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Power Bombs Energy Bites
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Power Bombs Energy Bites

Recipe courtesy Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmons. ...

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Enjoy a VIP Day at the Ballpark While Raising Funds for Cancer Research
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Enjoy a VIP Day at the Ballpark While Raising Funds for Cancer Research

Help raise funds for cancer research while enjoying a VIP experience at the Pack the Park Pink Salt Lake Bees game on May 7. This annual event raises awareness about breast cancer and funds for breast cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). This year the HCI Women’s Disease-Oriented Team is teaming up with Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Bees to offer a special VIP package. For a minimum contribution of $300, you can enjoy these perks:...

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What Is Cancer Control?
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What Is Cancer Control?

For National Cancer Control Month, Bridget Grahmann, BS, and Yelena Wu, PhD, of The Wu Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) explain what cancer control is and how it helps people with cancer as well as those who may never have it....

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A Different Kind of Challenge

A Different Kind of Challenge

If you watch the CBS TV show The Amazing Race, you may recognize me as the winner of Season 24. But before I even began that incredible challenge, I had already endured another challenge—testicular cancer....

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Providing the Last, Best Hope

Providing the Last, Best Hope

Clinical trials for some cancer patients may be the last, best hope for survival. A phase I trial is the first time a treatment is studied in people—usually a select number of patients who have not had success with other treatments. A rigorous process of approval takes place before doctors test these new therapies on patients for the first time....

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Giving Someone a One-in-a-Million Chance at Life
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Giving Someone a One-in-a-Million Chance at Life

Bone marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) know all too well the importance of finding a donor who is a match. Just ask Hilary Jacobs, who received a transplant to treat a cancer known as myelodysplastic syndrome....

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New Treatment Reduces Precancerous Polyps in Hereditary Cancer Patient
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New Treatment Reduces Precancerous Polyps in Hereditary Cancer Patient

Inheriting a mutation in the APC gene leads to a nearly 100% lifetime risk of colorectal cancer. While colon cancer can be kept at bay by removing the large intestine, these patients also have up to a 15% risk of getting cancer in the small intestine, which is the leading cause of cancer death in this patient group. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has identified the first prevention treatment for these patients, a two-drug combination that significantly reduces the number and size of precancerous polyps in the small intestine....

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The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure
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The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure

This June, hundreds of cyclists will hit the road between Delta and Salt Lake City, Utah. Many will ride 25 miles, a few will ride the full 140. All will ride to find a cure for cancer. Now in its sixth year, the Huntsman 140 event is a fundraiser to support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). This year’s goal is $525,000....

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Kale, Endive, Brussels Sprouts, and Radicchio Salad
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Kale, Endive, Brussels Sprouts, and Radicchio Salad

Dark green leafy vegetables like kale and cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts are full of cancer-fighting properties, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Paired them with endive, radicchio, and a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette for a bright, flavorful, healthy side....

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Register Now for the 2016 UCAN Conference
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Register Now for the 2016 UCAN Conference

Registration is now open for the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) Conference on May 4, 2016, in downtown Salt Lake City. Presented by UCAN and Huntsman Cancer Institute, this event brings together cancer experts from across the region to discuss trends and opportunities in cancer control and prevention for the State of Utah....

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New Lung Cancer Provider

New Lung Cancer Provider

Sikandar Ansari, MD, joins Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University Hospital as a pulmonologist, where he will see lung cancer patients in the HCI outpatient clinics and HCI intensive care unit. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine....

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Join Us for Guest Artist-in-Residence Margaret Peot
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Join Us for Guest Artist-in-Residence Margaret Peot

In a press conference today, Cancer MoonShot 2020 announced another milestone in its quest to alter the course of cancer care with the formation of the Pediatrics Consortium. This group of leading national children’s hospitals, pediatric cancer organizations, and academic centers will share research and focus on bringing the promise of combined immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of cancer care to children diagnosed with the disease....

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Journey into Cancer Writing Workshop
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Journey into Cancer Writing Workshop

Join our Writer in Residence, Susan Sample, for a writing workshop about the “Journey into Cancer.” This six-week workshop will focus on personal, expressive writing. It is inspired by Kenneth W. Brewer’s Whale Song: A Poet’s Journey into Cancer....

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Working during and after Cancer Treatment
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Working during and after Cancer Treatment

Every aspect of life is affected when you are diagnosed with cancer, including your job. It is important to know your rights and to think about options as you make decisions about working during or after cancer treatment....

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Central Line Writing Prompt: Folding Luck into Your Life
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Central Line Writing Prompt: Folding Luck into Your Life

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....

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NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination for the Prevention of Cancer
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NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination for the Prevention of Cancer

Approximately 79 million people in the U.S. are currently infected with a human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 14 million new infections occur each year. HPV is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers. HPV is also associated with cancers of the anus, mouth/throat, vagina, and penis. The CDC reports that each year in the U.S., 27,000 men and women are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer. Even though many of these HPV-related cancers are preventable with a safe and effective vaccine, HPV vaccination rates across the United States remain low....

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Cancer Champion: Marie Murray
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Cancer Champion: Marie Murray

In 2004 at the age of 43, Marie Murray was hitting her running stride when she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Prescribing an every-other-week chemo regimen for eight treatments, doctors gave Marie fewer than three years to live....

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Patient-Caregiver Help List
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Patient-Caregiver Help List

When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard for loved ones to know how to help. It can also be difficult to communicate your needs to caregivers, co-workers, friends, and family....

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Choosing Hope: Lung Cancer Survivor Molli Graham
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Choosing Hope: Lung Cancer Survivor Molli Graham

Molli Graham was just 35 years old and in the middle of training for a marathon when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. Today the marathon runner and mother of three is in remission. Read her story to learn about the targeted treatment that saved her life and the hope that keeps her going....

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Be Sun Safe on the Slopes
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Be Sun Safe on the Slopes

If your winter break includes some skiing, remember that sun safety is as important in winter as it is in summer. In fact, it’s even more important on snowy mountains. Check out the infographic to learn why and to see how you can protect your skin....

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Healthy Cranberry Relish
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Healthy Cranberry Relish

Here’s a great recipe for cranberry relish that leaves the cans on the shelf. It’s healthy, it’s fresh, and it’s really tasty. Plus, cranberries have been named as one of the Foods That Fight Cancer by the American Institute for Cancer Research for their cancer-fighting antioxidants....

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This Holiday Season, Learn Your Family’s Health History
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This Holiday Season, Learn Your Family’s Health History

When families come together around the holidays, it gives us the chance to share love, laughter, and…family health information. Your family’s health history may seem like the last thing on your mind when you’re making merry, but knowing this information can save lives....

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Making Spirits Bright
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Making Spirits Bright

One of the goals of the Artist in Residence program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is to give patients and their loved ones the chance to create something positive. During a holiday card-making workshop led by HCI’s Artist in Residence, Colour Maisch, patients, caregivers, and staff experienced the joy of making beautiful prints using carved blocks and shimmering inks....

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Goodbye to Our Director of Hospitality
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Goodbye to Our Director of Hospitality

This week Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) said goodbye to our “hostess with the mostest,” Roni Whittle. Roni retired as director of hospitality after 13-plus years working at HCI and more than three decades working with Jon M. Huntsman, Sr....

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Holiday Hope: Coping with Sadness and Grief
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Holiday Hope: Coping with Sadness and Grief

It’s normal for people with cancer to feel sadness and grief during the holidays. This time of year can be stressful on its own. But when combined with a life-changing illness, it can seem overwhelming. These tips will help you get through holidays with less stress and more pleasure....

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5 Ways to Fight the Flu

5 Ways to Fight the Flu

Learn how to fight the flu for National Influenza Vaccination Week. Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if you have cancer, you should get the flu shot but avoid the nasal spray vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine contains a live virus, which may be hard for your weakened immune system to fight. Check out the infographic for other ways to prevent the flu....

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Don’t Gain, Maintain
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Don’t Gain, Maintain

Did you know that on average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds per holiday season? The extra weight can really add up year after year. The good news is it doesn’t take big changes to make a difference. Setting a few goals may be all it takes to maintain your weight throughout the season. Take a look at these tips for setting goals:...

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Holiday
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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Holiday

The holiday season is a time for joy. It can also be a time for weight gain, stress, and exhaustion. Huntsman Cancer Institute nutrition experts share some tips for eating wisely and keeping your holidays happy and healthy....

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YourStory: Ten Years of Recording and Remembering
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YourStory: Ten Years of Recording and Remembering

In 2005 the YourStory: Record and Remember project began a partnership with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) to record the life story of any person with cancer who requested this service. To date, more than 1,200 individuals have recorded their personal histories, providing both a lasting legacy for their families and friends and a time of reflection during the treatment process....

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Helping Kids Cope When a Parent Has Cancer
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Helping Kids Cope When a Parent Has Cancer

Parents who have cancer face the added burden of choosing what and how to tell their children about the disease. Books, websites, social workers, support groups, and others can provide tips, but parents know their children best. They can find the best way to share information about their illness or that of another loved one such as a grandparent....

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Social Media: An Avenue for Patient-to-Patient Support
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Social Media: An Avenue for Patient-to-Patient Support

This is the first in a series of blog entries about social media and cancer. In future posts, we will share social media resources for breast cancer patients, adolescents and young adults with cancer, and patients who have skin cancer or are at risk for developing it. We hope to share stories that might not otherwise be seen by audiences who would benefit....

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Cranberry Vinaigrette
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Cranberry Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping Listcreated by HCI and Harmons. ...

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Central Line Writing Prompt: Horn of Plenty
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Central Line Writing Prompt: Horn of Plenty

A familiar centerpiece on Thanksgiving tables is the cornucopia, a cone-shaped container overflowing with apples and pears, corn and squash, decorative gourds, autumn leaves, and more. It’s a traditional reminder of the abundance and fullness of life we celebrate on this holiday, though it’s more commonly referred to as a “horn of plenty,” the literal translation of the original Latin term, cornu copiae. Of course, a horn is also a wind instrument that transforms breath into sound. Sometimes, a horn serves as a warning; other times, a call for strength and courage. Often, the sound becomes music....

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Welcome to Central Line
Central Line

Welcome to Central Line

Welcome to Central Line, a new 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....

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Healthy Pesto Pasta
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Healthy Pesto Pasta

While pasta is cooking, place basil, dark greens, nuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano in food processor. Pulse four to five times to break down ingredients. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into food processor and pulse. Slowly drizzle remaining oil into processor until smooth paste forms. Add salt and pepper to taste....

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Introducing Music Therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute
Living with Cancer

Introducing Music Therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Engaging in music therapy can help people feel emotionally supported, motivate them to engage in their treatment, and help them connect with family in a new and different way. Music therapy may consist of creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. No previous musical experience is necessary and anyone can benefit from music therapy!...

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Care for the Caregiver
Living with Cancer

Care for the Caregiver

You may think you are just doing what anyone would do for a loved one being treated for cancer, but anyone who helps is a caregiver. Caregivers may be family or friends who drive a patient to appointments, prepare a meal, watch children, or go shopping. Some caregivers provide full-time care. Others just listen....

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Twice a Survivor
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Twice a Survivor

Mary Chamberlain had completed treatment for one type of cancer, melanoma, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks about her journey with both cancers, including how she got through chemotherapy when she thought her body couldn’t take it anymore....

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HCI and UUHC Breast Radiologists on the New Mammogram Guidelines from the American Cancer Society
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HCI and UUHC Breast Radiologists on the New Mammogram Guidelines from the American Cancer Society

You may have heard news about new mammogram guidelines published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) this week. The ACS conducted a landmark review of medical evidence behind screening mammography for women at average risk for breast cancer. The review confirms that mammograms are effective at saving lives and that women ages 45–54 should definitely have yearly mammograms. The ACS recommends women ages 40–44 consider a yearly mammogram based on an informed decision and discussions with their doctors. However, the ACS concludes that the most lives are saved when women start getting mammograms at the age of 40 and continue getting them every year....

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HCI Investigator Receives New Innovator Award from National Institutes of Health
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HCI Investigator Receives New Innovator Award from National Institutes of Health

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator Jakob D. Jensen has received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This award supports “unusually innovative research” from scientists early in their careers. Jensen received the award for his research on Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Skin Cancer (see below). The study showed that groups were better at identifying suspicious moles than individuals were....

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Superhero Veggie Dip
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Superhero Veggie Dip

Recipe courtesy Harmon’s Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmon’s. ...

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Notes of Hope
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Notes of Hope

When Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients are discharged from the hospital, they receive a gift bag put together by Volunteer Services and handed out by Environmental Services....

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Oct. 31: Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Brain Cancer Research
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Oct. 31: Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Brain Cancer Research

Voices Against Brain Cancer is hosting a fundraising run/walk in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on October 31. Get dressed in your Halloween best and raise valuable funds for brain cancer and brain tumor research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Visit www.jointhevoicessaltlakecity.org to register, get fundraising tips, and find more information. ...

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Massage and Acupuncture Gift Certificates Available at HCI Gift Shop
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Massage and Acupuncture Gift Certificates Available at HCI Gift Shop

Looking for a gift for a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patient, survivor, caregiver, or employee? Consider a gift certificate that can be redeemed for a massage or acupuncture session at HCI’s Wellness and Integrative Health Center. The gift certificates are available for purchase in the HCI gift shop for $40....

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Ten Years of Rowing Bliss
Living with Cancer

Ten Years of Rowing Bliss

When I turned 30, I finally got up the courage to do something I always wanted to do: live in the Wild West. Pointing my 17-foot U-Haul westward for the move of a lifetime, I couldn’t have foreseen that I would end up as a coach for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), teaching cancer survivors to row on the Great Salt Lake....

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Cleaning Rooms That Save Lives
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Cleaning Rooms That Save Lives

Congratulations to the Environmental Services team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for receiving a Certificate of Merit in the Environmental Services Department of the Year awards, conducted by the Association for the Healthcare Environment....

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From Directing Calls to Feeding Patient Families
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From Directing Calls to Feeding Patient Families

“Our wonderful hospital operators group organized a food drive and delivered the goods this afternoon,” says Adrienne Wilson, Lodging Manager of University of Utah Health Care Pati​​ent and Family Housing​ and the Huntsma​n Cancer Institute Apartments​. “This food will go a long way to make our guests more comfortable and help them during what is sometimes a very stressful time financially. Many thanks to our friends Jessica, Kim, and Dzevad for delivering the food to us; and a heartfelt thank you from all of us to all the staff in their department.”​ ...

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Fruits and Veggies—More Matters
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Fruits and Veggies—More Matters

When it comes to fruits and veggies, more is what matters. After all, they are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, they help maintain weight and energy, and they aid in disease prevention. For Fruits and Veggies—More Matters month, here are a few ideas for introducing extra produce into your diet....

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Fruit and Nut Granola
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Fruit and Nut Granola

Filled with whole grains, fiber, and fruit, this healthy granola can be enjoyed for breakfast or a snack....

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Having Children after Cancer
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Having Children after Cancer

For many people, becoming a parent is a major life goal. Cancer may threaten or delay that choice. The good news is that most cancer survivors can still choose parenthood after they complete treatment....

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How to Know If Cancer Runs in the Family
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How to Know If Cancer Runs in the Family

Are you wondering if cancer runs in your family? The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic (FCAC) at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is here to help with answers to some frequently asked questions. The FCAC identifies and helps families who have an increased risk for cancer....

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Dealing with Dizziness from Cancer Treatment
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Dealing with Dizziness from Cancer Treatment

Some cancer treatments can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. If this happens, you are at risk of falling and injuring yourself. Help prevent falls by following the suggestions listed below. Also, tell your health care team if you have any history of falling, or if you are concerned about the risk of falling....

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Just Peachy
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Just Peachy

Peaches contain healthy compounds that may help reduce cancer risk, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Here are some tasty ways to enjoy them....

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Spiritual Care Services
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Spiritual Care Services

Spirituality is our connection with what exists beyond our physical experience. Spirituality is anything that provides ultimate meaning for you. It may or may not involve a specific religion. It can be a way to find hope and strength in difficult times. It can bring comfort and facilitate healing when coping with the impact of cancer. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s spiritual care team is here to support you and your loved ones. Our services are open to all....

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Just Breathe
Living with Cancer

Just Breathe

Conscious breathing—focusing on breathing fully and deeply—can reduce stress and help you relax. Managing your breath sends a calming message to your body. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Patient and Family Support suggests these three breathing techniques....

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Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta
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Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta

In addition to being delicious, watermelon contains large amount of lycopene, a compound that may help prevent prostate cancer. Here’s a tasty recipe from Luke Grealish, executive chef of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Bistro restaurant....

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Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund
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Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund

Just three weeks after their wedding in 2007, newlyweds Dan and Melanie Hedlund were in for some startling news—Dan had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer....

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How Utah Pioneers Help Modern-Day Cancer Research
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How Utah Pioneers Help Modern-Day Cancer Research

The personal histories of Utah pioneers may sound like something that belongs in a textbook. But those histories are affecting present-day lives. By looking at health information from generations of Utah families, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) can identify cancer risk in today’s populations....

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Patient and Family Support Services Can Help You Cope
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Patient and Family Support Services Can Help You Cope

Patients and their families often feel afraid, helpless, and sad. Navigating the health-care system can seem overwhelming. Patient and Family Support Services at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) helps cancer patients and their family members learn to cope. The licensed clinical support professionals on our staff are important members of HCI’s cancer treatment team....

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Pico de Gallo
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Pico de Gallo

Here’s a fresh summer recipe everyone will love. Serve this pico de gallo with baked corn chips or use as a topping on grilled chicken or fish, burritos, tacos, or salads....

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Add Cancer Prevention to Your Kitchen with HCI and Harmons
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Add Cancer Prevention to Your Kitchen with HCI and Harmons

Shopping for cancer-fighting foods just got easier, thanks to a partnership between Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and Harmons Grocery. The partnership came out of the organizations’ shared interest in teaching the public about healthy eating and how it can help prevent cancer and other diseases....

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The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination
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The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination

Walking into clinic, I found the patient and his wife looking tired and apprehensive. From what I knew of his medical history, his cancer had not responded to any standard treatments, each drug failing to restrain the tumor’s advance for more than a few months. The patient and his wife had talked to their local cancer doctor about clinical trials, had traveled hundreds of miles to Huntsman Cancer Institute, and were clearly anxious to begin the discussion....

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The Costs of Caring: What to Do about Compassion Fatigue
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The Costs of Caring: What to Do about Compassion Fatigue

Sammie woke up tired this morning, just like she does most mornings. More than that, she hasn’t really felt much lately. She hasn’t laughed—really laughed—in a long time. Even sorrow has lost its sting. Despite the recent deaths of patients for whom she provides care, she just feels numb. While tears are missing, however, she can’t help but notice that her patients haunt her dreams. Though she once found purpose and fulfillment in her work, Sammie’s 20 years of nursing have taken a toll and she now wonders if she can continue paying the psychological costs....

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Navigating the No-Man’s-Land between Pediatric and Adult Cancer Care
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Navigating the No-Man’s-Land between Pediatric and Adult Cancer Care

Patients diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-39 sometimes enter a “no-man’s-land” of cancer care. These adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients may not fit the usual profiles for either pediatric or adult oncology, as they have a unique set of emotional, physical, and practical needs....

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Let’s Talk About Sun Protection
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Let’s Talk About Sun Protection

Today is Don’t Fry Day and the start of Memorial Day weekend. What better time to talk about sun protection? Check out the infographic to learn how to protect your skin....

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Sorting Out Alternative Medical Claims
Living with Cancer

Sorting Out Alternative Medical Claims

IPPEnewsMAY20142f you or someone you care about has cancer, the last thing you need is a scam. If you read or hear about a product that says it can cure cancer, talk to your doctor, do some research, and ask some serious questions....

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Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster
Living with Cancer

Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

For many people, emotions can be scary and painful, especially when dealing with cancer. Part of the problem is that you don’t know what to do with them when you feel them and often don’t want to appear weak or negative to your loved ones. The truth is that emotions are valuable. You can learn a lot about yourself and your needs when you acknowledge them....

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Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster
Living with Cancer

Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

For many people, emotions can be scary and painful, especially when dealing with cancer. Part of the problem is that you don’t know what to do with them when you feel them and often don’t want to appear weak or negative to your loved ones. The truth is that emotions are valuable. You can learn a lot about yourself and your needs when you acknowledge them....

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“Go Gray in May” Picnic
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“Go Gray in May” Picnic

Patients, families, loved ones, researchers, and care providers are invited to a spring picnic in honor of people affected by any type of brain tumor....

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HCI Patients, Caregivers, and Staff to Display Artworks
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HCI Patients, Caregivers, and Staff to Display Artworks

During the month of May, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients, caregivers, and staff will exhibit artworks and photos created in the Artist in Residence program and the Photovoice with Adult Cancer Survivors study. The exhibit will be on display in the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, located at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. An opening reception will be held May 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m....

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Sexuality and Cancer
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Sexuality and Cancer

Cancer and its treatments sometimes cause side effects that make it difficult to have sexual intercourse:...

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HCI Clinic at South Jordan
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HCI Clinic at South Jordan

Did you know that Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) provides comprehensive cancer services in South Jordan? The HCI Clinic at the University of Utah South Jordan Health Center offers all the services of the main HCI location:...

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 Cancer Champion: Volunteer Mattias Nielson
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Cancer Champion: Volunteer Mattias Nielson

Meet Mattias Nielson, a University of Utah student and a volunteer at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Mattias sat down with us during National Volunteer Week to discuss what he loves about the job....

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 Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren
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Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

The day after Christmas in the year 2000, Jeff Warren received devastating news: he had stage IV head and neck cancer, which gave him—at best—a 25% chance to live five years. His radiation oncologist could see Jeff struggling with the diagnosis. The physician wrote down his home phone number and gave it to Jeff, saying, “If there’s anything you need, anytime, call me. I’m here for you.” That moment made an impression on Jeff. He says, “I realized I was working with a physician who felt he and his institution had some skin in the game. It wasn’t just that I was a patient, or a number, or one of the many. To him I was an individual.”...

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 Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams
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Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Cigarettes get most of the blame for causing cancer when it comes to tobacco products. For Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, we want to remind you that smokeless tobacco products are just as harmful as cigarettes and can also cause cancer....

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 Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams
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Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Marilyn Williams is the owner of a very special miniature schnauzer: The Taz. Part of what makes The Taz so special is her work as a therapy animal visiting patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Cancer Hospital. When Marilyn pulls out The Taz’s red scarf in the morning in preparation for visiting the cancer hospital, The Taz bounces around in excitement. The Taz loves to talk to everyone in her path once she arrives. Marilyn sees the tension leave patients as they interact with The Taz, which makes them laugh and smile....

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 Advance Directives Are for Everyone
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Advance Directives Are for Everyone

Who are advance directives for? Everyone! An advance directive is not just for deathbed wishes. Check out the infographic to learn more about advance directives and what you should think about when you complete yours....

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Health Care Decision Week Events
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Health Care Decision Week Events

Welcome to Health Care Decision Week at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). All week, HCI will host information tables and presentations (see dates and times below). Patients, caregivers, visitors, and staff are invited to stop by and learn how to talk to loved ones about the health care decisions that matter most to them....

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 Sharing Your Wishes
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Sharing Your Wishes

What are your concerns about your medical treatment if you could not speak for yourself? Who could speak for you? Which treatments fit best with your values?...

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Lost in Transition: How a Survivor Care Plan Can Help after Cancer Treatment
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Lost in Transition: How a Survivor Care Plan Can Help after Cancer Treatment

“Too many survivors are lost in transition once they finish treatment. They move from an orderly system of care to a ‘non-system’ in which there are few guidelines to see them through the next stage of their life or help them overcome the medical and psychosocial problems that may arise.”—Institute of Medicine...

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 Myths and Facts about Colonoscopies
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Myths and Facts about Colonoscopies

Everybody age 50 or over should talk to their doctor about a colonoscopy screening. If your doctor has recommended you get a colonoscopy but you’re dreading it, check out these myths and facts. Remember, a colonoscopy could save your life....

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 Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment
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Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

“Cancer is more than just a physical disease,” says Amy Horyna, manager of Patient and Family Support (PFS), the team of licensed clinical social workers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “Our social workers really focus on the emotional toll that cancer takes.”...

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Roast Whole Chicken with Lemon and Herbs
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Roast Whole Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

How about another delicious, healthy recipe for National Nutrition Month? Enjoy this recipe for Roast Whole Chicken with Lemon and Herbs from HCI’s Good Life Kitchen Cooking Class series....

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Should You Be Screened for Oral Cancer?
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Should You Be Screened for Oral Cancer?

Each year, 40,000 Americans develop oral, head, and neck cancers. HCI holds a free oral cancer screening clinic every year. A screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. Screening for oral cancer may also be done during a routine check-up by a dentist. If oral cancer is found early, it is much easier to treat....

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Layered Fresh Fruit with Honey-Vanilla Yogurt
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Layered Fresh Fruit with Honey-Vanilla Yogurt

Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy may increase your responsiveness to treatment, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life....

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Be an Advocate for Yourself
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Be an Advocate for Yourself

Nicole Anderson has something to tell you when it comes to your medical treatment: “You’re the one paying for your health care. It’s okay to say ‘I’m not okay with that option’ or ‘I think we need to look into this option.’ Always be an advocate for yourself.”...

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Communicating with Your Treatment Team
Living with Cancer

Communicating with Your Treatment Team

A cancer diagnosis introduces many patients to new medical jargon. It can be hard to understand information and instructions from the treatment team. Sometimes doctors and nurses assume that patients who don’t ask questions agree with the treatment. It’s important for patients to speak up and ask for explanations they can understand....

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Protecting Our Kids against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
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Protecting Our Kids against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

If you have heard of the human papillomavirus (HPV), you may already know it can cause cervical cancer in women. HPV can cause other cancers that affect both men and women: cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils....

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Prevent Cancer Tip 5: Be Sun Safe
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Prevent Cancer Tip 5: Be Sun Safe

Sun safety is important for everyone. Skin cancer is more common among people with a light (fair) skin tone, but anyone can get it. Skin cancer can be treated if caught early, but if it is ignored, it can be severely disfiguring. Some skin cancers can spread to vital organs in your body and then can become deadly. Practice these sun-smart tips all year long....

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Digestive
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Digestive

Cancer treatment can cause unpleasant side effects, including nausea and vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Following some simple steps can help minimize these side effects....

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Healthier Red Velvet Cupcakes
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Healthier Red Velvet Cupcakes

Looking for a healthier Valentine’s treat? These red velvet cupcakes get their crimson color from beets, which also add fiber, manganese, iron, and folate, a B vitamin that helps produce and repair DNA and may play a role in cancer protection....

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Healthier Red Velvet Cupcakes
Healthy Living

Healthier Red Velvet Cupcakes

Looking for a healthier Valentine’s treat? These red velvet cupcakes get their crimson color from beets, which also add fiber, manganese, iron, and folate, a B vitamin that helps produce and repair DNA and may play a role in cancer protection....

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Cancer-Fighting Green Smoothie
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Cancer-Fighting Green Smoothie

This fresh, delicious smoothie is a great way to pack more fruits and veggies into your day. Apples and green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are cancer-fighting foods, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research....

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Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More
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Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More

Exercise helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control. It also may help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works. Despite these health benefits, studies show that more than 50 percent of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity....

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Butter Lettuce with Oranges, Avocado, Fennel, and Walnuts
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Butter Lettuce with Oranges, Avocado, Fennel, and Walnuts

Brighten up your winter with this fresh, healthy salad from HCI’s Good Life Kitchen cooking class series. Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy may increase your responsiveness to treatment, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life....

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Communicating When Cancer Is in the Room
Living with Cancer

Communicating When Cancer Is in the Room

Finding the right words when a loved one has cancer can be difficult. Like any other person facing a difficult time, your loved one needs to know that he or she is not alone. Here are some tips to help you keep communications open....

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Skin Care during Cancer Treatment
Living with Cancer

Skin Care during Cancer Treatment

Chemo and radiation can cause changes to skin, and dry winter weather can make it worse. These tips will help you prevent itching, dryness, redness, and peeling....

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Martin Luther King Day of Service
Living with Cancer, Events

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Today is the national Martin Luther King Day of Service, created to encourage Americans to serve their neighbors and communities. If you would like to help cancer patients at HCI, check out our How You Can Help page....

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New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk
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New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate....

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Gift Donation Program Brings Hope and Help to Patients
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Gift Donation Program Brings Hope and Help to Patients

The volunteer room at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) felt like Santa’s workshop this past December, with holiday music playing, gift wrap and ribbon strewn everywhere, and staff members busily wrapping presents for HCI patients and their families....

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 Are You Breathing Radon?
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Are You Breathing Radon?

Radon is a gas that can cause lung cancer. It has no smell and you can’t see it, so you could be breathing it in your home without knowing. Watch this video to learn how to find out whether your home has radon and what you can do to fix it. ...

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Make 2015 the Year You Quit Tobacco
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Make 2015 the Year You Quit Tobacco

Is one of your resolutions this year to quit smoking? Getting over tobacco addiction isn’t easy. But quitting has major health benefits: Lowers the risk of lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke, and chronic...

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 January 24 Cooking Class: Cozy Winter Meals
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January 24 Cooking Class: Cozy Winter Meals

Want to learn recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy? Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health Care’s Good Life Kitchen Cooking Class Series teaches you how to prepare nutritious foods to improve your health and wellbeing. Plus, you get to enjoy yummy samples. The class takes place every two months, with the next session on January 24 at noon. Warm up with recipes for Cozy Winter Meals. The cost is $5 per person and registration is required. See below for more details....

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