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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist in Residence workshops for August 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bursting with flavor and antioxidants, this recipe is the perfect ending to a summer meal.