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Using the Patient’s Immune System to Treat One of the Deadliest Cancers
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Using the Patient’s Immune System to Treat One of the Deadliest Cancers

Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that presents unique challenges for researchers. Clinical trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are testing immunotherapy, medicines that stimulate the patient’s immune system, to boost the effects of standard chemotherapy drugs in treating pancreatic cancer.

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Positive Side Effects: Your New Year’s Resolutions Could Reduce Your Cancer Risk
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Positive Side Effects: Your New Year’s Resolutions Could Reduce Your Cancer Risk

For many of us, 2017’s New Year’s resolutions echo past resolutions we didn’t quite manage to keep. If your goals for 2017 include exercising more, eating better and cutting back on smoking or drinking, the experts at Huntsman Cancer Institute have some information that could help inspire success: these changes are also an integral part of protecting yourself against cancer.

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Enough is Enough: Choosing the Right Treatment for Thyroid Cancer
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Enough is Enough: Choosing the Right Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

When it comes to treating thyroid cancer, less can be more. The adage certainly proved true for Lisa Anderson. After the mother of one was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute assessed her risk to decide which treatment would be most effective for her.

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Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey
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Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey

Sara learned she had a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer at the age of 37. She told her family and just a few weeks later, her brother had a check-up. His doctors found he had stage 4 colon cancer. Surprised and shaken by the coinciding diagnoses, Sara and her family turned to Samantha Greenberg, a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute for answers.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Leads International Colorectal Study

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will head an international study to find out how lifestyle and other health factors impact colon and rectal cancer outcomes. HCI was awarded an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead and expand an ongoing project in colon cancer research.

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New progress against melanoma with trial therapies
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New progress against melanoma with trial therapies

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, when melanoma is caught early, there’s a 5-year survival rate of about 97%. Once the cancer spreads to other organs, the survival rate drops to 15–20%.

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Targeted therapies offer hope for a hard-to-treat cancer
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Targeted therapies offer hope for a hard-to-treat cancer

Diane Fouts thought she had a bad cold. It was the spring of 2015, and she had a cough that just wouldn’t go away. She went to see her doctor, who ordered a CT scan. The results were far more serious than a cold. Diane had lung cancer. She is not a smoker; in fact, she has never smoked.

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The social aspect of cancer care
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The social aspect of cancer care

Like any major illness, cancer affects more than the body. It wreaks havoc on the lives and emotions of patients and their families. Ask Judi Evans, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and told she had just six months to live. “My daughter and I looked at each other, and we said ‘no, we're not accepting that.’ So we immediately came to Huntsman Cancer Institute.”

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It”  To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It” To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error

As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is standing with a national campaign to end a dangerous chemotherapy error. Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Vincristine Handling, launched today by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), encourages health care providers to adopt a policy to always dilute and administer the medication vincristine in a mini IV-drip bag to prevent the improper administration of the drug.

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Massage therapy helps rub out stress for cancer patients
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Massage therapy helps rub out stress for cancer patients

Sometimes a therapy not often associated with cancer care can make a huge difference in a patient’s recovery. Massage therapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) complements standard cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. One patient says it’s improving his quality of life dramatically.

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Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment
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Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment

People use phones for just about everything these days—reading emails, checking the weather, or catching up on news. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) want to add extended patient care to that list. They’re testing a telehealth system called “Symptom Care at Home” to help keep patients as healthy as possible during cancer treatment. Kathi Mooney, PhD, co-leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at HCI, says the idea behind the program is that cancer patients’ symptoms don’t happen only while they are at the doctor’s office. Dr. Mooney has spent 15 years trying to improve patient care through a relatively simple technology—the telephone.

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 Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer
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Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer

SALT LAKE CITY—More than 4,000 children and teens are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and the disease kills more children than any other cancer. Writing this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah report they have identified an existing group of drugs that appear to reduce or eliminate a certain subgroup of childhood brain cancers while sparing normal brain tissue. The research was conducted using a new zebrafish animal model system developed by the researchers, which closely resembles an aggressive subtype of pediatric brain tumors.

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Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy
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Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy

It's a familiar struggle to anyone dealing with cancer; the treatments that get rid of the disease can also have serious side effects. Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are working to reduce the negative effects of cancer treatment by pinpointing radiation therapy within a millimeter of where the cancer resides. Karen Curtis has a family history of cancer. The disease took the lives of her mother and sister. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last February, she assumed she didn't have much time to live. "The first time I found out I didn't cry, I didn't have any emotions about it," she says. "But, then you start going through it and you start losing your hair, and you start losing everything, it's like you're losing your dignity."

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Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot
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Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot

Earlier this year, a national “moonshot” to defeat cancer was announced at the State of the Union. I was gratified to see rural cancer care issues included in this conversation. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has long emphasized working to ensure that individuals who live in rural areas can access cancer screening, treatment, and prevention resources. This is challenging work, but thanks to commitment from other high-quality health care organizations, we are improving cancer care in rural communities.

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HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments
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HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments

Lilli Hartvigsen remembers the moment her three-year-old son Ethan was diagnosed with cancer. “On November 7th, three weeks after he had an MRI, they told us it was lymphoma,” she says. It began as a limp and quickly became a parent’s worst nightmare. “They actually did a bone scan, and it was all over his bones,” Lilli explains, “Stage 4 cancer. It was terrible.”

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Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent
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Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent

Cindy Shepherd hasn't missed a yearly mammogram since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer about 16 years ago. Shepherd didn't need a reminder to keep that appointment after watching her sister go through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But she got one anyway five years ago when her mother, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the disease so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy. In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death: In 2012, there were 115.5 cases of breast cancer and 20.5 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, according to the state Department of Health.

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Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later
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Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later

SALT LAKE CITY—Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced today the results of a study that found that circumstances in childhood, such as parental occupation at birth and neighborhood income, may be associated with different risks of certain cancers later in life. HCI researchers and collaborators at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Temple University Health System in Philadelphia analyzed cancer risk and socioeconomic status (SES) of Baby Boomers (for this study, those born during 1945 – 1959,) in two Utah counties.

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