The Only Cancer Institute in the World Designed by a Patient

Jon Huntsman, Sr., has had cancer four times. So he’s spent enough time in cancer hospitals to know what he’d do differently when he designed one from scratch. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute is unlike any other. It looks different. Feels different.

Navigating Through Cancer

Eduardo Ayala was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He is fluent in English and Spanish, but his parents speak only Spanish. Eduardo and his family came to HCI from Nevada for his treatments. It is one of the five Mountain West states at the core of HCI’s service area.

Cancer has a language all its own and it’s that much harder if English is not your first language. That’s where Guadalupe Tovar, a health educator and patient navigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), comes in. She helps Hispanic families navigate their cancer care.

Learn more about HCI's Patient Navigator program

"The Generation to End Cancer" - Sigma Chi 20K Club

They call themselves “The Generation to End Cancer.” Sigma Chi fraternity brothers from across the United States sharing one goal – to raise $10 million for cancer research at HCI.  For many Sigma Chi brothers, this fight against cancer is personal. Dan Shaver, chairman of the Sigma Chi Philanthropy Committee says, ”We rarely come across someone whose family isn’t directly or indirectly affected by cancer.  I just don’t think we’ll ever rest until we find the cure.”  Sigma Chi fraternities raised $1.3 million during the 2015-2016 school year.  29 schools each raised more than $20 thousand dollars and traveled to Salt Lake to be inducted into the 20k club.

Learn more about The Sigma Chi/HCI Partnership

New Trial gives hope to terminal cancer patients

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Many will be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, giving them a strong chance of survival, but about 30%, more than 75,000 each year, will face a metastasized cancer that isn’t curable.  Researchers at HCI are looking for ways to prevent breast cancer from metastasizing and have recently discovered a protein that helps cancer spread.   They are testing a new drug that turns off that protein and helps boost the immune system to fight cancer.

Learn more about breast cancer research and treatment

Data is Knowledge, Knowledge is Power

At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), researchers are using the power of Big Data to help prevent cancer. HCI is home of the Utah Population Database (UPDB), a shared data resource that tracks family medical history through many generations.  Utilizing the UPDB, researchers are able to identify families that have higher than normal rates of certain cancers. 

Emily is a member of one of those families. Her grandmother, aunt, father, and sister were all diagnosed with cancer. When genetic testing revealed Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, Emily took preventive measures.

Read more about Emily's story and the UPDB

Recent News

Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator Receives Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards recognize and support outstanding clinical investigators at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers who participate extensively in NCI- funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation, and activities promote a culture of successful clinical research. Established in 2009, the awards are intended to help retain investigators in academic clinical research careers. This year, 13 investigators nationwide, including Theresa Werner, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and University of Utah assistant professor of medicine have received the award.

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Dalai Lama Meets with Huntsman Cancer Institute Leaders, Blesses Patients

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah during a brief visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute today, Tuesday, June 21. His visit coincides with his appearance later in the afternoon at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center where he will speak about compassion and universal responsibility.

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Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects against Alzheimer’s

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease—raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder—a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

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