John Karg was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, early in 2016. His cancer care team at Huntsman Cancer Institute treated the cancer with surgery, radiation, oral chemotherapy, and participation in clinical trials. He’s doing very well with the treatment—his interview for this article happened while he was waiting for the lift lines at Alta ski resort.
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The POWER Program (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) gives a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. For Farley Eskelson, it also gave him the chance to get back to the activities he loves.
Patient groups learn from trained facilitators to reduce stress and pain, restore well-being, and feel calm and relaxed.
People who have never tried acupuncture often have the same questions: What is it? Is it safe? Does it hurt? How much does it cost? HCI acupuncturist Annie Budhathoki answers these questions and explains how this integrative treatment can help people with cancer.
McKayla Benson wanted to do a service project for her senior year of high school. She focused her project on something she loves—music.
Cancer and its treatments can cause tightness and restrictions in the body that may cause pain and difficulty in doing everyday tasks. Learn how osteopathic doctors can reduce these restrictions and improve patients' overall wellbeing.
Have you ever wondered what a fitness instructor does to stay healthy in their own life? HCI's Kim Walker shares how she prioritizes time for her healthy habits.
Research shows that art activities provide measureable health benefits to people at all stages of the cancer journey, letting them live better and healthier lives.
Our patients helped us create a summer playlist of inspirational songs, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Complementary and integrative medicine is a type of health care used alongside standard treatments. It can be used during cancer treatment to help with symptoms and side effects, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
In the heat of summer, a hot flash can feel unbearable. Hot flashes affect the quality of life of many cancer patients. They may be a side effect of cancer or its treatment, especially for patients treated for breast cancer or prostate cancer. These tips may help manage hot flashes during the summer.
When we experience illnesses such as cancer, we sometimes develop an antagonistic relationship with our bodies. And yet, these are the times when they most need our care and appreciation. Treating your body with kindness and appreciation will allow you to experience greater happiness.
Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that harnesses the power of music to improve quality of life in people dealing with illness. Learn how music therapy can benefit people going through cancer treatment.
After your cancer diagnosis or during treatment, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, or even in pain. Massage therapy is an integrative therapy (a treatment that helps with physical or emotional symptoms) that may help increase your sense of well-being.
Come and let your body enjoy the health benefits from laughter. Whole Body Laughter includes breathing techniques and games designed to encourage playfulness and well-being. This is not a high-energy activity.
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.
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.