I volunteer at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) with my dog, Luna. As a survivor, I feel honored to spend time with the staff, visitors, and patients at HCI. Cancer is a horrible condition that does not care who it affects. The work Luna and I do can help ease a patient’s burden.
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.
As we all strive towards health equity, a cornerstone value for Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health, we invite you to join opportunities this April for National Minority Health Month.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.