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Researchers identify new drug target for treating children with CNS-PNET

Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are the largest group of malignant brain tumors in children. They can arise from the brain's cerebellum or, more rarely, from tissue located throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Little is known about how CNS-PNETs develop, although these tumors are more aggressive than other PNETs and have an overall survival rate of only about 20 percent. In a new study, researchers for the first time have identified a possible target for a new CNS-PNET therapy.

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First Drug Target Identified for Children with Rare Type of Brain Tumor

Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are the largest group of malignant brain tumors in children. They can arise from the brain's cerebellum or, more rarely, from tissue located throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Little is known about how CNS-PNETs develop, although these tumors are more aggressive than other PNETs and have an overall survival rate of only about 20 percent. In a new study, researchers for the first time have identified a possible target for a new CNS-PNET therapy.

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Join Mark Koelbel and Timp Harley for the 2016 Ride For Life
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Join Mark Koelbel and Timp Harley for the 2016 Ride For Life

Salt Lake City — (KUTV) The 2016 Ride for Life is scheduled for Saturday July 9th and proceeds will benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at the Timpanogas Harley Davidson store in Lindon. The ride will start there and then end at the USANA Ampitheater.

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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Treatments
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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Treatments

Ovarian cancer accounts for about three percent of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system - like uterine, cervix, Fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal cancer The reason for this is ovarian cancer is almost always detected at advanced stages (meaning the tumor has typically spread by the time it is diagnosed). Due to this, it is very difficult to cure ovarian cancer.

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New trial gives hope to terminal cancer patients
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New trial gives hope to terminal cancer patients

Breast cancer is far too common. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease 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.

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Massive crowds hit Hill Air Force Base
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Massive crowds hit Hill Air Force Base

It was a special day for University of Utah Doctor Jason Hunt. He's the clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology at the huntsman cancer institute. He got to ride in an F-16 as part of their ‘Hometown Hero’ program.

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Pig on the Plaza
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Pig on the Plaza

Famous Dave's BBQ is helping raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute by selling $6 lunch plates at the Gallivan Plaza on Friday. It starts at 11 a.m. Stop by to grab a bite for a good cause!

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Detecting brain cancer without surgery

When a brain tumor is suspected because of symptoms such as headaches or other problems, its presence is usually confirmed by anatomical imaging such as CT or MRI. But through imaging, doctors often can't say much about the tumor - molecularly - besides 'something's in there.' Surgery and a biopsy are necessary to get a glimpse of the cancer cells themselves.

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Dalai Lama visits Utah Tibetan Community Center and speaks to community
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Dalai Lama visits Utah Tibetan Community Center and speaks to community

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders from the Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Tuesday before speaking to the Utah community at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Emma Houston, and HCI breast cancer survivor had the opportunity to meet with the Dalai Lama.

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Kailos Genetics and Huntsman Cancer Institute Awarded $2.4 Million Grant for ctDNA Test Development

Kailos Genetics, a personalized medicine information company offering leading-edge gene-based testing, today announced they have entered into a collaboration with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah to develop a clinical-grade test for circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). Backed by a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the minimally invasive test will be used to monitor patients for breast cancer disease recurrence.

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In-person, telephone genetic counseling yield similar outcomes

Genetic counseling by telephone was noninferior to in-person counseling among women at increased risk of hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer (HBOC) for all psychosocial, decision-making, and quality-of-life measures, investigators found. In addition, genetic testing was more common among women who received in-person counseling and women who lived in rural settings.

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Person 2 Person: Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO
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Person 2 Person: Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO

Mary Beckerle is the CEO and Executive Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Beckerle grew up in New Jersey. She lost her father to emphysema when she was just 12 years old. "We were a happy, normal family and then all of a sudden my dad starting having trouble breathing," she said. She recalls her father couldn't go downstairs to watch her and her sisters perform the plays they would make up.

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What's Your Story
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What's Your Story

That little phrase, a common conversation starter, takes on new meaning at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). There, a program called Your Story gives cancer patients the chance to reflect on and share their life stories.

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