YourStory: Ten Years of Recording and Remembering

In 2005 the YourStory: Record and Remember project began a partnership with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) to record the life story of any person with cancer who requested this service. To date, more than 1,200 individuals have recorded their personal histories, providing both a lasting legacy for their families and friends and a time of reflection during the treatment process....

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Social Media: An Avenue for Patient-to-Patient Support

This is the first in a series of blog entries about social media and cancer. In future posts, we will share social media resources for breast cancer patients, adolescents and young adults with cancer, and patients who have skin cancer or are at risk for developing it. We hope to share stories that might not otherwise be seen by audiences who would benefit....

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Healthy Pesto Pasta

While pasta is cooking, place basil, dark greens, nuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano in food processor. Pulse four to five times to break down ingredients. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into food processor and pulse. Slowly drizzle remaining oil into processor until smooth paste forms. Add salt and pepper to taste....

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Care for the Caregiver

You may think you are just doing what anyone would do for a loved one being treated for cancer, but anyone who helps is a caregiver. Caregivers may be family or friends who drive a patient to appointments, prepare a meal, watch children, or go shopping. Some caregivers provide full-time care. Others just listen....

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HCI and UUHC Breast Radiologists on the New Mammogram Guidelines from the American Cancer Society

You may have heard news about new mammogram guidelines published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) this week. The ACS conducted a landmark review of medical evidence behind screening mammography for women at average risk for breast cancer. The review confirms that mammograms are effective at saving lives and that women ages 45–54 should definitely have yearly mammograms. The ACS recommends women ages 40–44 consider a yearly mammogram based on an informed decision and discussions with their doctors. However, the ACS concludes that the most lives are saved when women start getting mammograms at the age of 40 and continue getting them every year....

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HCI Investigator Receives New Innovator Award from National Institutes of Health

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator Jakob D. Jensen has received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This award supports “unusually innovative research” from scientists early in their careers. Jensen received the award for his research on Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Skin Cancer (see below). The study showed that groups were better at identifying suspicious moles than individuals were....

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Ten Years of Rowing Bliss

When I turned 30, I finally got up the courage to do something I always wanted to do: live in the Wild West. Pointing my 17-foot U-Haul westward for the move of a lifetime, I couldn’t have foreseen that I would end up as a coach for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), teaching cancer survivors to row on the Great Salt Lake....

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Cleaning Rooms That Save Lives

Congratulations to the Environmental Services team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for receiving a Certificate of Merit in the Environmental Services Department of the Year awards, conducted by the Association for the Healthcare Environment....

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From Directing Calls to Feeding Patient Families

“Our wonderful hospital operators group organized a food drive and delivered the goods this afternoon,” says Adrienne Wilson, Lodging Manager of University of Utah Health Care Pati​​ent and Family Housing​ and the Huntsma​n Cancer Institute Apartments​. “This food will go a long way to make our guests more comfortable and help them during what is sometimes a very stressful time financially. Many thanks to our friends Jessica, Kim, and Dzevad for delivering the food to us; and a heartfelt thank you from all of us to all the staff in their department.”​ ...

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Fruits and Veggies—More Matters

When it comes to fruits and veggies, more is what matters. After all, they are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, they help maintain weight and energy, and they aid in disease prevention. For Fruits and Veggies—More Matters month, here are a few ideas for introducing extra produce into your diet....

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Having Children after Cancer

For many people, becoming a parent is a major life goal. Cancer may threaten or delay that choice. The good news is that most cancer survivors can still choose parenthood after they complete treatment....

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How to Know If Cancer Runs in the Family

Are you wondering if cancer runs in your family? The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic (FCAC) at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is here to help with answers to some frequently asked questions. The FCAC identifies and helps families who have an increased risk for cancer....

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Dealing with Dizziness from Cancer Treatment

Some cancer treatments can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. If this happens, you are at risk of falling and injuring yourself. Help prevent falls by following the suggestions listed below. Also, tell your health care team if you have any history of falling, or if you are concerned about the risk of falling....

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Just Peachy

Peaches contain healthy compounds that may help reduce cancer risk, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Here are some tasty ways to enjoy them....

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Spiritual Care Services

Spirituality is our connection with what exists beyond our physical experience. Spirituality is anything that provides ultimate meaning for you. It may or may not involve a specific religion. It can be a way to find hope and strength in difficult times. It can bring comfort and facilitate healing when coping with the impact of cancer. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s spiritual care team is here to support you and your loved ones. Our services are open to all....

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Just Breathe

Conscious breathing—focusing on breathing fully and deeply—can reduce stress and help you relax. Managing your breath sends a calming message to your body. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Patient and Family Support suggests these three breathing techniques....

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How Utah Pioneers Help Modern-Day Cancer Research

The personal histories of Utah pioneers may sound like something that belongs in a textbook. But those histories are affecting present-day lives. By looking at health information from generations of Utah families, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) can identify cancer risk in today’s populations....

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Patient and Family Support Services Can Help You Cope

Patients and their families often feel afraid, helpless, and sad. Navigating the health-care system can seem overwhelming. Patient and Family Support Services at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) helps cancer patients and their family members learn to cope. The licensed clinical support professionals on our staff are important members of HCI’s cancer treatment team....

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Pico de Gallo

Here’s a fresh summer recipe everyone will love. Serve this pico de gallo with baked corn chips or use as a topping on grilled chicken or fish, burritos, tacos, or salads....

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The Art and Science of Clinical Research Coordination

Walking into clinic, I found the patient and his wife looking tired and apprehensive. From what I knew of his medical history, his cancer had not responded to any standard treatments, each drug failing to restrain the tumor’s advance for more than a few months. The patient and his wife had talked to their local cancer doctor about clinical trials, had traveled hundreds of miles to Huntsman Cancer Institute, and were clearly anxious to begin the discussion....

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The Costs of Caring: What to Do about Compassion Fatigue

Sammie woke up tired this morning, just like she does most mornings. More than that, she hasn’t really felt much lately. She hasn’t laughed—really laughed—in a long time. Even sorrow has lost its sting. Despite the recent deaths of patients for whom she provides care, she just feels numb. While tears are missing, however, she can’t help but notice that her patients haunt her dreams. Though she once found purpose and fulfillment in her work, Sammie’s 20 years of nursing have taken a toll and she now wonders if she can continue paying the psychological costs....

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Let’s Talk About Sun Protection

Today is Don’t Fry Day and the start of Memorial Day weekend. What better time to talk about sun protection? Check out the infographic to learn how to protect your skin....

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Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

For many people, emotions can be scary and painful, especially when dealing with cancer. Part of the problem is that you don’t know what to do with them when you feel them and often don’t want to appear weak or negative to your loved ones. The truth is that emotions are valuable. You can learn a lot about yourself and your needs when you acknowledge them....

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Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

For many people, emotions can be scary and painful, especially when dealing with cancer. Part of the problem is that you don’t know what to do with them when you feel them and often don’t want to appear weak or negative to your loved ones. The truth is that emotions are valuable. You can learn a lot about yourself and your needs when you acknowledge them....

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HCI Clinic at South Jordan

Did you know that Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) provides comprehensive cancer services in South Jordan? The HCI Clinic at the University of Utah South Jordan Health Center offers all the services of the main HCI location....

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Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

The day after Christmas in the year 2000, Jeff Warren received devastating news: he had stage IV head and neck cancer, which gave him—at best—a 25% chance to live five years. His radiation oncologist could see Jeff struggling with the diagnosis. The physician wrote down his home phone number and gave it to Jeff, saying, “If there’s anything you need, anytime, call me. I’m here for you.” That moment made an impression on Jeff. He says, “I realized I was working with a physician who felt he and his institution had some skin in the game. It wasn’t just that I was a patient, or a number, or one of the many. To him I was an individual.”...

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Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Cigarettes get most of the blame for causing cancer when it comes to tobacco products. For Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, we want to remind you that smokeless tobacco products are just as harmful as cigarettes and can also cause cancer....

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Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Marilyn Williams is the owner of a very special miniature schnauzer: The Taz. Part of what makes The Taz so special is her work as a therapy animal visiting patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Cancer Hospital. When Marilyn pulls out The Taz’s red scarf in the morning in preparation for visiting the cancer hospital, The Taz bounces around in excitement. The Taz loves to talk to everyone in her path once she arrives. Marilyn sees the tension leave patients as they interact with The Taz, which makes them laugh and smile....

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Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

“Cancer is more than just a physical disease,” says Amy Horyna, manager of Patient and Family Support (PFS), the team of licensed clinical social workers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “Our social workers really focus on the emotional toll that cancer takes.”...

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Should You Be Screened for Oral Cancer?

Each year, 40,000 Americans develop oral, head, and neck cancers. HCI holds a free oral cancer screening clinic every year. A screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. Screening for oral cancer may also be done during a routine check-up by a dentist. If oral cancer is found early, it is much easier to treat....

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Layered Fresh Fruit with Honey-Vanilla Yogurt

Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy may increase your responsiveness to treatment, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life....

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Communicating with Your Treatment Team

A cancer diagnosis introduces many patients to new medical jargon. It can be hard to understand information and instructions from the treatment team. Sometimes doctors and nurses assume that patients who don’t ask questions agree with the treatment. It’s important for patients to speak up and ask for explanations they can understand....

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Protecting Our Kids against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

If you have heard of the human papillomavirus (HPV), you may already know it can cause cervical cancer in women. HPV can cause other cancers that affect both men and women: cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils....

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Prevent Cancer Tip 5: Be Sun Safe

Sun safety is important for everyone. Skin cancer is more common among people with a light (fair) skin tone, but anyone can get it. Skin cancer can be treated if caught early, but if it is ignored, it can be severely disfiguring. Some skin cancers can spread to vital organs in your body and then can become deadly. Practice these sun-smart tips all year long....

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Prevent Cancer Tip 4: Get Cancer Screenings

Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening. Screening tests have many goals. They can help doctors find cancer before symptoms appear, find and treat some types of cancer early, and decrease the chance of dying from cancer....

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Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More

Exercise helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control. It also may help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works. Despite these health benefits, studies show that more than 50 percent of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity....

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Skin Care during Cancer Treatment

Chemo and radiation can cause changes to skin, and dry winter weather can make it worse. These tips will help you prevent itching, dryness, redness, and peeling....

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New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate....

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Make 2015 the Year You Quit Tobacco

Is one of your resolutions this year to quit smoking? Getting over tobacco addiction isn’t easy. But quitting has major health benefits. It lowers the risk of lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease....

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