The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an acclaimed nonfiction book about the revolutionary research, ethical questions, and racism wrapped up in one woman’s cancer story.
When I was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma, behind all of the distress about treatment was an overwhelming feeling of disbelief that I was about to become infertile at age 28. But being able to retrieve and freeze my eggs before chemotherapy gave me back a little bit of the control I felt was lacking.
“Our perspective was to enjoy life no matter the circumstances. You find joy. Sometimes you have to search under the rug and in the closet, but there’s something to be happy about every day.”
The PathMaker Cancer Research Program is for high school and undergraduate students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Under the mentorship of an HCI scientist, PathMaker scholars conduct research and build a foundation for careers in health professions and biomedical research.
The POWER Program (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) gives a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. For Farley Eskelson, it also gave him the chance to get back to the activities he loves.
Patient groups learn from trained facilitators to reduce stress and pain, restore well-being, and feel calm and relaxed.
The Young Adult Cancer Caregiver study is currently recruiting participants. The study will look at how social media may help or hinder young adults who take care of a cancer patient.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, take a look at a few books geared towards women located in the Cancer Learning Center.
Huntsman Cancer Institute celebrates International Women's Day 2018 in a conversation with Dr. Theresa Werner. Her patients juggle treatment with lives that often include work, a relationship, and motherhood. She talks with us about the optimistic women she treats in clinic and a stylish first lady of the United States she would trade lives with for a day.
With high mountain peaks and acres of powdery snow, Utah is known for its great skiing. But Utahns who spend lots of time outdoors at high elevations are at increased risk for sun damage, which can lead to skin cancer. Here's how to protect your skin while you're out earning your turns.
In a study recently published in Acta Neuropathologica, L. Eric Huang, MD, PhD, Huntsman Can-cer Institute researcher and associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Utah, and colleagues report on new findings in the function of an enzyme, IDH1, in the development of gliomas. Gliomas are life-threatening tumors of brain or spinal cord tissue, and this type of tu-mor affects approximately 25,000 people each year. As changes in IDH1 are found in the vast majority of gliomas, understanding the impact of IDH1 enzyme function is critical to advancing research in this disease.
The community outreach interns at Huntsman Cancer Institute work on the front lines of cancer prevention education. They receive training from health educators in cancer information and teaching strategies and take it out to health fairs and presentations in schools and businesses throughout Utah and the Mountain West.
Thank goodness sweet potatoes are not just for the holidays. These sweet, creamy vegetables are packed with powerful cancer-fighting nutrients and make a lovely canvas for other healthy foods like chopped herbs, nuts, or veggies. Research shows eating a variety of plant-based foods may lower your risk of cancer.
Through community partnerships, Huntsman Cancer Institute is reaching adolescent and young adult (AYA) populations where they are – in schools, neighborhoods, and communities – with an educational recipe for a lifetime of healthy living.
Advancing discoveries made in the lab to medical treatments that can be used in patient care is complex and time-consuming. Commonly called clinical translation, this process can be thought of much like translating something from one language to another.
This infographic highlights a few of Huntsman Cancer Institute's accomplishments in 2017.
The West is known for its "can-do" spirit, for the willingness of people to work together. At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), we strive to push the boundaries of cancer research and care and attain results beyond what we thought was possible. HCI has made a commitment to advance cutting-edge cancer research and care in the Mountain West region.
Dr. Glen Bowen, my mentor, taught me the idea that the treatment team is like an octopus. Meaning, we are a single brain with eight arms. I’m an arm, the nurse is an arm, the scheduler is an arm—we are all an arm, and no arm is more or less important in caring for our patients.
Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis: oral cancer. After that initial shock, Rebecca went through cancer treatment and became an advocate for oral cancer awareness.
Each year, more than 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young people, a cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. This was the case for Marina Pimentel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, at age 26. Marina worked with an AYA patient navigator to help her manage the complexities of cancer treatment and care.