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    Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education
    Dec 19, 2016

    Holidays are Family Time: To Stay Healthy, Talk More than Turkey

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Sara learned she had a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer at the age of 37. She told her family and just a few weeks later, her brother had a check-up. His doctors found he had stage 4 colon cancer. Surprised and shaken by the coinciding diagnoses, Sara and her family turned to Samantha Greenberg, a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute for answers.... Read More

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    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Dec 19, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Leads International Colorectal Study

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    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will head an international study to find out how lifestyle and other health factors impact colon and rectal cancer outcomes. HCI was awarded an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead and expand an ongoing project in colon cancer research.... Read More

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    The social aspect of cancer care
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Nov 15, 2016

    The social aspect of cancer care

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Like any major illness, cancer affects more than the body. It wreaks havoc on the lives and emotions of patients and their families. Ask Judi Evans, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and told she had just six months to live. “My daughter and I looked at each other, and we said ‘no, we're not accepting that.’ So we immediately came to Huntsman Cancer Institute.”... Read More

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    Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It”  To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
    Nov 10, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Commits to “Just Bag It” To Eradicate Deadly Medical Error

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is standing with a national campaign to end a dangerous chemotherapy error. Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Vincristine Handling, launched today by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), encourages health care providers to adopt a policy to always dilute and administer the medication vincristine in a mini IV-drip bag to prevent the improper administration of the drug.... Read More

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    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 31, 2016

    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    People use phones for just about everything these days—reading emails, checking the weather, or catching up on news. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) want to add extended patient care to that list. They’re testing a telehealth system called “Symptom Care at Home” to help keep patients as healthy as possible during cancer treatment. Kathi Mooney, PhD, co-leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at HCI, says the idea behind the program is that cancer patients’ symptoms don’t happen only while they are at the doctor’s office. Dr. Mooney has spent 15 years trying to improve patient care through a relatively simple technology—the telephone.... Read More

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    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy
    Research, Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 24, 2016

    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    It's a familiar struggle to anyone dealing with cancer; the treatments that get rid of the disease can also have serious side effects. Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are working to reduce the negative effects of cancer treatment by pinpointing radiation therapy within a millimeter of where the cancer resides. Karen Curtis has a family history of cancer. The disease took the lives of her mother and sister. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last February, she assumed she didn't have much time to live. "The first time I found out I didn't cry, I didn't have any emotions about it," she says. "But, then you start going through it and you start losing your hair, and you start losing everything, it's like you're losing your dignity." ... Read More

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    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments
    Education, Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 17, 2016

    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Lilli Hartvigsen remembers the moment her three-year-old son Ethan was diagnosed with cancer. “On November 7th, three weeks after he had an MRI, they told us it was lymphoma,” she says. It began as a limp and quickly became a parent’s worst nightmare. “They actually did a bone scan, and it was all over his bones,” Lilli explains, “Stage 4 cancer. It was terrible.” ... Read More

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    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Oct 17, 2016

    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Cindy Shepherd hasn't missed a yearly mammogram since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer about 16 years ago. Shepherd didn't need a reminder to keep that appointment after watching her sister go through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But she got one anyway five years ago when her mother, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the disease so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy. In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death: In 2012, there were 115.5 cases of breast cancer and 20.5 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, according to the state Department of Health.... Read More

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    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 13, 2016

    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY—Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced today the results of a study that found that circumstances in childhood, such as parental occupation at birth and neighborhood income, may be associated with different risks of certain cancers later in life. HCI researchers and collaborators at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Temple University Health System in Philadelphia analyzed cancer risk and socioeconomic status (SES) of Baby Boomers (for this study, those born during 1945 – 1959,) in two Utah counties. ... Read More

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    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
    Education, Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 11, 2016

    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) know it's important for all community members to understand breast cancer, screenings and prevention. Today they share the top things you can do to help lower your rise of breast cancer.... Read More

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    Treatment for skin cancer helps stop thyroid cancer
    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Oct 10, 2016

    Treatment for skin cancer helps stop thyroid cancer

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are discovering some treatments that work for one type of cancer may also work for another, if it has similar mutations, or genetic changes. Genetic changes, or mutations, change some normal cells in the body into cancer cells which can grow and multiply. There are more than 100 types of cancer, which means many different ways to treat cancer are needed. Most cancers are named for the part of the body where they started.... Read More

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    Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 07, 2016

    Utah’s Mary Beckerle ‘a powerful voice’ on Cancer Moonshot Initiative

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    There's something about Utah's uncluttered landscape and expansive blue sky that gives Mary Beckerle a sense of mental space. It helps her think, she says, and fuels her desire to explore both mentally and physically. It's the reason the New Jersey native came to the Beehive State in the 1980s to teach at the University of Utah. Thirty years later, she's found herself in the Huntsman Cancer Institute's corner office as its CEO, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the geography she loves so much.... Read More

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    Lynch syndrome research could prevent cancer deaths
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education, Research
    Oct 03, 2016

    Lynch syndrome research could prevent cancer deaths

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Cancer isn’t the first hardship dealt to Carrie Grindle-Lyons. In 2008, she delivered a baby boy at 22 weeks. He was stillborn. Her doctor asked her not to try getting pregnant again right away because she had fibroids in her uterus. They were removed with surgery that left her uterus in place. A year after she lost her baby, Carrie went in for a checkup. What doctors found devastated her. “The fibroids grew back, and they found out I had endometrial cancer,” she says. ... Read More

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