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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here’s something green, healthy, and delicious to add to your St. Patty’s Day dinner.
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.”
Cancer treatment can cause unpleasant side effects, including nausea and vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Following some simple steps can help minimize these side effects.
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.
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.
For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting the 5 behaviors that can prevent approximately 50 percent of cancers.
Brighten up your winter with this fresh salad. 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.
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.
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.