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Headlines for Hope - Winter 2019/2020

Headlines for Hope is a quarterly newsletter, highlighting the latest achievements at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), patient stories, opportunities to get involved, and other exciting news from our monthly digital newsletter. We hope you will enjoy receiving this communication with the knowledge that you are essential in our fight to eradicate cancer.


Susan Sheehan, President and COO, Huntsman Cancer Foundation

HCF President's Message

Susan Sheehan, President and COO of Huntsman Cancer Foundation, celebrated the holiday season by explaining the support she sees surrounding Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  She reflects on the highlights of a wonderful year marked by unprecedented support from our community.


Expecting a Baby, Not a Cancer Diagnosis

Sarah was 32 years old and 14 weeks along in her third pregnancy when she found a lump in her breast, which was confirmed to be breast cancer. She was then referred to HCI, where she traveled from her home in Nevada.  Her medical team at HCI included an obstetrician from the University of Utah who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.


Holmen Receives Prestigious Melanoma Research Award

The Society for Melanoma Research recently presented Sheri Holman, PhD, with the prestigious Estela Medrano Memorial Award.  Holmen is a melanoma researcher at HCI.  This award was created in honor of the late Estela Medrano, a leader in melanoma research.  The Estela Medrano Award is given annually to a woman who has made major contributions in the fight against melanoma.


Caring for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One

Think about the last time you were on an airplane.  What did the flight attendants tell you to do if the oxygen masks dropped down from overhead? Put on your own mask first.  If you don't make sure you're getting oxygen, you won't be able to help anyone else.  This same rule applies to caregivers.  It is important to take care of your own needs before you "run out of oxygen."

Giving the Gift of Time

Watch Dan Nelson and Ruth Centurier-Harris, both with advanced forms of cancer, talk about their perspectives when managing a difficult cancer diagnosis.  They share how research and their care at HCI have given them the gift of time and allowed them to focus on what is really important in life.


Lawrence Marsco named HCI Senior Director of Nursing

“When I talk about my passion for patient care, it's sometimes hard for me to hold back tears. It's personal”

--Lawrence Marsco, MSN, RN, OCN, Sr. Director of Nursing


Read the Fall 2019 Edition.