Researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute completed a health needs assessment on Wednesday, spurred by higher-than-usual numbers of lung, colon and breast cancer in several rural areas including the TriCounty Health District.
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You don't smoke. You wear sunscreen. You exercise regularly. But your breakfast usually consists of a donut or store-bought muffin as you run out the door, lunch is something from the vending machine, and dinner is grabbed at the drive-thru. These decisions about what you eat may be doing more harm to your health than you think.
It is impossible to quantify the value a director brings to a board and the organization it serves. Most board directors hold a uniquely wide perspective, having gleaned hard-won wisdom from decades of experience within their own industry and, typically, multiple other industries and nonprofit endeavors. This is the case with this year’s Outstanding Directors, who have founded or led large organizations, as well as given their passion and resources to nonprofit efforts.
In its sixth year, the Huntsman 140 has grown in attendance, and in overall fundraising. This event is a friendly fundraising ride designed to bring the community together toward a common goal of expanding cancer research for children and families. This year, Subway stores are sponsoring the event by providing sandwiches for riders to fuel up during the ride. Ed Brunisholz, a local Subway sandwich shop owner and rider in the Huntsman 140, said there are Subway owners across the state that have a family member with cancer, and that even some of their regular guests are affected by the disease.
JOSHUA SCHIFFMAN IS A LOVER OF ALL THINGS ELEPHANT. As a pediatric oncologist and a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics, he and his exceptional team from Primary Children’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah are working to expand the focus of childhood cancer research to include prevention— and elephants have become important partners in that work. Curious, we sat down with Dr. Schiffman to find out more. A new artist in residence program allows cancer patients bring some color back to their lives by expressing themselves through art.
New statistics out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that Utah has the highest rate of skin cancer in the nation. Mark Hyde is a Physician Assistant on the Melanoma Team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He says it’s a combination of risk factors that make Utahns so susceptible to melanoma.
Patients at the Hunstman Cancer Institute are getting a new chance for treatment through art therapy. A new artist in residence program allows cancer patients bring some color back to their lives by expressing themselves through art.
Eye cancer took the life of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks last year, bringing attention to the rare and deadly disease. Scientists have tried to develop precision treatments against cancers like this one, but the mutations that cause them have proven difficult to block with drugs. Now, a team led by scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Navigen, Inc., report a new treatment that shows promise against the hard-to-treat cancer. They found that the mutation relies on a protein, ARF6, to distribute cancer-promoting signals. Further, a drug that blocks ARF6 inhibits eye tumors in mice. The research appears in Cancer Cell online on June 2. Skin-cancer specialists agree. “Clothing is always going to work better than sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays,” said Dr. Douglas Grossman, an expert in skin cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. And unlike sunscreens, which we tend to use too sparingly, “it’s not going to wash off.”
The 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Infiltrating Gliomas alters diagnostic criteria, providing the basis for clinical trial inclusion or exclusion based on an integrated diagnosis and setting the stage for all future research, according to a summary of 4 posters related to CNS biomarkers presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting.
The ultimate in sun safety is UV-protective clothing, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Skin-cancer specialists agree. “Clothing is always going to work better than sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays,” said Dr. Douglas Grossman, an expert in skin cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. And unlike sunscreens, which we tend to use too sparingly, “it’s not going to wash off.”
Salt Lake City, Utah-based Mountain Crane Service painted a Grove TMS9000E crane pink as a tribute to members of its workforce whose lives have been affected by cancer. The company named the crane “Hope” in honor of crane operator Tyson Allen, who died of cancer in 2012. The pink crane can be seen in the photo assisting in the construction of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.
Eye cancer took the life of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks last year, bringing attention to the rare and deadly disease. Scientists have tried to develop precision treatments against cancers like this one, but the mutations that cause them have proven difficult to block with drugs.
The atrium floor was the stage, the lobby chairs made up the grandstand. For a morning, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center wasn’t really a hospital but a circus. Clowns, dancers, acrobats and a ringmaster from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed Friday at Children’s in Omaha.
Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs.
A Utah cancer survivor is testing her strength by climbing the highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro. But the real purpose behind the grueling 7-day hike is to help others fighting cancer.
Have you ever been convinced to do something by a friend or family member? Maybe it was buying a new car, starting a new exercise routine, or just trying a new dish at a restaurant. Sometimes people need encouragement from a friend or family member to take action, especially when it comes to taking care of their health. A crowd-sourcing application from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) counts on the power of many to encourage people to have suspicious moles checked out for skin cancer.
TriCounty Health Department will host a community focus group where local residents are invited to discuss cancer health needs and concerns. Input will help to create education materials tailored to the community.
Have you ever felt like there is so much material on a subject that you can't understand it, let alone make decisions? There's a name for this feelinginformation overload. People receiving a cancer diagnosis often experience information overload. Donna Branson, director of Patient and Public Education at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), explains, "If you Google the term breast cancer, you may get 44 million hits. It's confusing, and not all of the information out there is credible."
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored its new grant recipients at the Grants Reception and Dinner at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, which was held in New Orleans April 16-20.
Emma Houston is the new director of diversity affairs for Salt Lake County. A longtime community volunteer, Houston was been on the county's Council on Diversity Affairs since 2013. She is a former chairwoman of the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs along with serving on the boards of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the National Council on Aging.
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