Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. If melanoma is found early, it is easier to treat. Researchers at the University of Utah and Texas Tech University have identified a new approach for finding suspicious moles that could be melanoma: mole crowdsourcing.
Crowdsourcing refers to using crowds of people, often recruited online, to accomplish tasks. An individual performing a skin self-exam can miss about half of melanomas. But with mole crowdsourcing, one example showed if at least 19 out of 100 people think a mole is suspicious, then a doctor should examine it. Researchers are developing a cell phone application that will allow people to take a photo of a mole and have that image evaluated by other users. Learn more in The Scope Radio podcast about mole crowdsourcing.
Learn more about mole-mapping and melanoma treatment programs
When dealing with cancer treatments and side effects, exercising usually isn’t at the top of a patient’s to-do list. One program at HCI is helping patients understand the importance of physical fitness: Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER).
Studies show that exercising during and after treatment reduces recurrence rates and improves overall health and survival. At HCI’s Wellness Center, cancer exercise specialists meet with patients to create exercise prescriptions tailored to their abilities. Then the patient is walked through their exercise prescription, including what to do both at the Wellness Center and at home.
Learn more about the POWER program at HCI.
With so much information about cancer that is readily available, those impacted by a cancer diagnosis often experience a feeling of information overload.
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) at HCI provides a welcoming environment where patients, families, and the general public can get answers to their questions about cancer. Trained health educators help visitors and callers navigate the potential for information overload and provide current, accurate information about treatment, side effects, and coping strategies. This resource is free for anyone with questions about cancer.
Learn more about the G. Mithcell Morris Cancer Learning Center
Radiation therapy has been a standard cancer treatment for decades. Thanks to cancer research facilities such as Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), doctors are finding novel ways to deliver the treatment, allowing for improved outcomes. Cancer specialists at HCI are using radiation therapy in the form of seeds (called brachytherapy) by placing them inside the body in or near the cancer. This helps kill cancer cells and also helps doctors identify the cancerous areas to remove during surgery.
Learn more about radiation seeds and one patient who benefited from this new surgical innovation