In 2018, a team of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) received a prestigious National Cancer Institute Cancer Moonshot grant. The grant will fund studies about ways to identify patients who may benefit from genetic counseling and services.
People with a family history of cancer have a higher risk of getting cancer. Whitney Espinel, a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute, explains the role of genetic counseling in cancer care. Genetic testing looks for mutations and helps patients know if genes play a role in their personal or family health history.
Knowing your family’s cancer history may help prevent you and other family members from getting cancer. Genetic counselors are trained professionals who can help review your medical and family history. They can talk with you about personalized cancer screening and prevention options and whether your family may need genetic testing.
Most women have about a 10-12% lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. But how do you know if you have a higher-than-average risk? Huntsman Cancer Institute now offers personalized breast screening visits, which help you find out your own risk for breast cancer. This helps you decide if you need to screen for breast cancer earlier than average, or if you need to take extra steps to lower your risk.
Study of Utah Lung Cancer Patients Finds Those Who Never Smoked May Have Genetic Predisposition for Cancer
Despite Utah's low smoking rate, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in Utah. In addition, lung cancer in people who have used tobacco and people who have never smoked behaves differently. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute wanted to know why.
“Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine,” was the theme of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 annual meeting held June 1-5, 2018 in Chicago. One of the largest scientific conferences in the world, the meeting brings together nearly 40,000 attendees and features thousands of studies about new ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.
Huntsman Cancer Institute began in 1995 with an empty lot and a dream full of promise. Twenty-two years later, HCI opened a major expansion that doubled its research capacity.
Martin McMahon, PhD, and his research group study the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer. About 30% of lung cancers can now be treated based on the disease’s specific genetics. McMahon is hopeful that each subset of lung cancer will soon have its own precision treatment.
On September 7, 2016, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Acting Director Douglas Lowy, MD, accepted the recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) on a set of scientific approaches to accelerate progress in cancer research. An overview of the report was published in the journal Science.
When Kiera Jorgensen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, she fought not only sarcoma, but also a deadly mystery that had loomed over her family for generations. Now years out of treatment, Kiera has answers and is conducting research to help families like hers better understand a rare genetic mutation.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah participated in a national summit on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on June 29, 2016. The Cancer Moonshot Summits were organized at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, and more than 270 organizations hosted summits that brought together patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, advocates, philanthropists, and data and technology experts to brainstorm ways of speeding up progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years—and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.
Inheriting a mutation in the APC gene leads to a nearly 100% lifetime risk of colorectal cancer. While colon cancer can be kept at bay by removing the large intestine, these patients also have up to a 15% risk of getting cancer in the small intestine, which is the leading cause of cancer death in this patient group. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has identified the first prevention treatment for these patients, a two-drug combination that significantly reduces the number and size of precancerous polyps in the small intestine.