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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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clinical trials, cancer research,

New Treatment Reduces Precancerous Polyps in Hereditary Cancer Patient

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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genetics, colorectal cancer, cancer research, clinical trials

The Huntsman 140: 140 Miles for a Cure

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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fundraising events, giving,

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

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 prevention, cervical cancer, hpv vaccine, oral cancer, public health

YourStory: Ten Years of Recording and Remembering

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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creative arts, wellness center

Ten Years of Rowing Bliss

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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integrative medicine, wellness center

The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination

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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clinical trials, patient stories