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Working in Harmony: New Insights into How Packages of DNA Orchestrate Development
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Working in Harmony: New Insights into How Packages of DNA Orchestrate Development

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) illuminates aspects of how an early embryo, the product of fertilization of a female egg cell by a male sperm cell, can give rise to all the many cell types of the adult animal. The findings, published today in the journal Cell, have significant implications for understanding how early development is orchestrated, and provides a mechanism for how parental environment might impact the expression of these genes in the offspring.

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Statement on the Passing of Jon M. Huntsman, HCI Founder
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Statement on the Passing of Jon M. Huntsman, HCI Founder

We are truly saddened at the passing of our remarkable founder and benefactor, Jon M. Huntsman, this afternoon. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Other than his family, his greatest passion was to eradicate cancer. We will honor his legacy by continuing to provide hope and healing to all impacted by this disease.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Selected as a National Cancer Institute Center for Patient-Derived Model Development
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Selected as a National Cancer Institute Center for Patient-Derived Model Development

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has been awarded a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help continue its research in breast cancer. Alana Welm, PhD and Bryan Welm, PhD, investigators at HCI, along with Michael Lewis, PhD, a colleague at Baylor College of Medicine, will use this new funding to serve as a Breast Cancer Patient-derived xenograft Development and Trials Center (PDTC) to research and test new drugs for breast cancer. This new Center is only one of four such Centers in the nation.

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A Centuries-Old Math Equation Used to Solve a Modern-Day  Genetics Challenge
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A Centuries-Old Math Equation Used to Solve a Modern-Day Genetics Challenge

Researchers developed a new mathematical tool to validate and improve methods used by medical professionals to interpret results from clinical genetic tests. The work was published this month in Genetics in Medicine. The research was led by Sean Tavtigian, PhD, a cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah, in collaboration with genetics experts from around the United States.

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Navigating Cancer at a Young Age
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Navigating Cancer at a Young Age

Each year over 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young adults (ages 15-39), the cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. Patients may suddenly have to learn the difference between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. They may also have questions about fertility issues, or need help understanding the complexities of the healthcare system. To help guide patients through these tough issues Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare, offers a patient navigator designed to meet the needs of AYA cancer patients.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Trace Timeline of Tumor Evolution in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Trace Timeline of Tumor Evolution in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

A new study by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah observed how breast cancer tumors evolve over time and demonstrated how changes within tumors may contribute to the process by which cancers no longer respond to treatment. Further, the research identifies that some of these changes may be shared across certain treatment-resistant breast cancers. The study was published this month in Nature Communications.

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Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors
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Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Risk for aging-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes was significantly higher among thyroid cancer survivors in Utah than it was among age-matched, cancer-free individuals, with those diagnosed before age 40 having the highest risk for some of the diseases, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Expanding Access to Clinical Trials
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Expanding Access to Clinical Trials

All cancer treatments and medications that are used today, at one point, were clinical trials. Clinical trials can offer hope, particularly in a complex disease like cancer. But getting access to clinical trials can be difficult, especially if patients have to travel a long distance to a hospital that offers trials.

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Additions to healing garden at Huntsman Cancer Institute promote healing, peace of mind
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Additions to healing garden at Huntsman Cancer Institute promote healing, peace of mind

When she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Dr. Jan Byrne didn't know of any survivors of the disease. "It's a devastating disease — a silent killer," she said. "A lot of people don't make it." Byrne's cancer was found in the early stages, however, and after six months of chemotherapy and three major surgeries at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she survived. It's been six years.

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Adipose Tissue May Affect Cancer Development in Multiple Ways
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Adipose Tissue May Affect Cancer Development in Multiple Ways

Review indicates need to further explore relationship between fat and cancer. Adipose tissue, or fat, may influence the development of cancer in diverse ways, depending on the type of fat and the location in the body, according to results of a systematic review published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

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First Lady of the Dominican Republic Visits Huntsman Cancer Institute
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First Lady of the Dominican Republic Visits Huntsman Cancer Institute

Mrs. Cándida Montilla de Medina, First Lady of the Dominican Republic, and her delegation visited Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah yesterday, Thursday, August 10. During her visit, Mrs. Montilla de Medina toured HCI and met with physicians, researchers, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and members of the Huntsman family, including Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., to learn about HCI’s mission: to research cancer from its beginnings, develop new cancer treatments, and relieve the suffering of cancer patients.

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New Technology Yields Better Images of Patient Tumors
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New Technology Yields Better Images of Patient Tumors

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the first cancer center in the United States to use a new, state-of-the-art CT scanner that allows doctors to view higher quality, personalized images of a patient’s tumor. The scanner, called the Somatom Confidence 64 from Siemens, boasts numerous features that create more detailed images, giving physicians the ability to direct their therapy precisely where it’s needed.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Searches for a Cure
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Searches for a Cure

Fox News reporter Abby Huntsman recently visited Salt Lake City to tour Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and learn more about the cancer center's research impact.

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Utah Billionaire Jon Huntsman Opens New Children's Cancer Research Center
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Utah Billionaire Jon Huntsman Opens New Children's Cancer Research Center

Chemicals billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the world’s great optimists. His mom died of cancer in her 50s, and he’s battled four different forms of the disease. His response was to launch the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in the 1990s. His audacious goal: to eradicate the most challenging forms of cancer in one generation. Then, says his son, Peter Huntsman, only half joking, with cancer research beat, he hopes they’ll be able to turn the cancer institute into a hotel.

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