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Headlines for Hope - Fall 2019

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.

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Susan Sheehan, President and COO, Huntsman Cancer Foundation

HCF President's Message

Susan Sheehan, President and COO of Huntsman Cancer Foundation, celebrated her daughter's 25th birthday in August.  Susan reflects on the last 25 years, the impact cancer has had on her family, and the progress that has been made in the treatment of cancer in that time. She pledges that we will continue to work until cancer is eradicated from the face of the earth.

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Sigma Chi International Fraternity Pledges $20 Million

On Friday, June 28, 2019, more than 600 members of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity gathered at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) to announce a pledge of $20 million dedicated to women's cancer research, treatment, and wellness.  This pledge is an acknowledgement of the importance of the role of women in their lives and in their fundraising efforts.

Rebecca Ward and her family

The Two-Week Rule Saved Her Life

Rebecca Ward went to the dentist for a routine check-up and ended up with a startling diagnosis:  oral cancer:  After the initial shock, Rebecca was treated at HCI and has been an advocate for oral cancer awareness ever since.  She spends time teaching people the two-week rule:  if you have a mouth sore that lasts longer than two weeks, get it biopsied.

Davis Moore and family

Holding on to Hope

When Davis Moore found out he had metastatic melanoma, he says the fear he felt was debilitating. "I would wake up every morning and remember I had cancer.  It felt  like a physical punch in my stomach." He endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, a series of clinical trials, and a number of surgeries, along with the emotional weight of hundreds of exams and appointments. HCI helped him get past the fear to hope.

How does Immunotherapy Work

The National Cancer Institute produced an animated representation of how the immune system fights cancer using immunotherapy.  This animation explains three types of immunotherapy used to treat cancer:  nonspecific immune stimulation, T-cell transfer therapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.  Also read about immunotherapy treatments at HCI.

HCI Patient Navigators

10 years of Hispanic Patient Navigation

“I love coming to work every day and feeling like I've made a difference in someone's day.”
--Anna Martinez, HCI Patient Navigator

Read about patient navigators at HCI and the amazing difference this program has made for patients in the last 10 years.

Read the Spring 2019 Edition.