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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.