Patient Stories Posts

Navigating Cancer at a Young Age

Navigating Cancer at a Young Age

Each year, more than 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young people, a cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. This was the case for Marina Pimentel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, at age 26. Marina worked with an AYA patient navigator to help her manage the complexities of cancer treatment and care.

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aya cancer, hi-aya, lymphoma, patient stories, community report,

High-Tech Equipment and Innovative Therapies

High-Tech Equipment and Innovative Therapies

Tommy Tanzer, a resident of Park City, Utah, received three negative prostate biopsies over the course of three years, but he and his doctors still suspected he may have cancer. Tommy then had an MRI-guided biopsy at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), hoping there would be a more accurate result. Unfortunately, this biopsy did detect cancer. Fortunately, it was found early enough to treat.

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prostate cancer, radiation oncology, cancer care, patient stories, community report

Partners All the Way

Partners All the Way

Tom Kursar and his wife, Lissy Coley, are used to working with each other as co-leaders of a research group in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. So when Tom was diagnosed with pancreas cancer, the couple faced the disease together.

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pancreas cancer, patient stories

Living a More Purposeful Life

Living a More Purposeful Life

In the short time between Ken Selden’s cancer diagnosis and the end of his treatment, he and his wife, Julieann, went through a lifetime’s worth of grief, fear, pain, hope, and joy. In return, they’ve earned a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. After what the young couple call the worst trial they’ve ever faced, Julieann and Ken say they now live a more purposeful life.

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sarcoma, aya cancer, patient stories

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

For Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Knowledge is Power

Growing up in Roseville, California, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders spent every waking hour playing and training outside in the water—usually without sunscreen. “I associated sunscreen with vacation, not training,” Sanders says. Then, in 2014, she was diagnosed with melanoma. No one can say for sure what caused Sanders’ melanoma, but she thinks her frequent exposure to the sun was a contributing factor.

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melanoma, skin cancer, sun safety, cancer prevention, patient stories

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

Raising Awareness while Honoring My Father's Memory

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.

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colorectal cancer, patient stories