Poor air quality days significantly increase the risk of hospitalizations for respiratory issues in young survivors of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. ... Read More
The Kirchhoff Research Group has a collective goal of understanding and improving the health of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors. Using the definition from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we define a cancer survivor as any person diagnosed with cancer from the time of diagnosis until the end of life.
We aim to understand survivors’ health care costs, quality of life, and other outcomes with the goal of using this information to design interventions to support and educate cancer survivors.
The Kirchhoff Research Group is located at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences research program. Our team conducts research projects with pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients and survivors at HCI, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Intermountain Healthcare. We have received funding support from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
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The results of a national cancer survey find a significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions. The findings were published today in JAMA Oncology. Anne Kirchhoff, PhD, investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and assistant professor of pediatrics, led the study. Her goal was to examine the prevalence of job lock in full-time, employed childhood cancer survivors. Job lock is when an employee stays at a job in order to keep work-related health insurance. ... Read More
The Kirchhoff team was recently awarded a one year grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to identify acute pulmonary effects of short-term air pollution on childhood cancer survivors compared to siblings and a general population sample. Drs. Anne Kirchhoff and Judy Ou will be collaborating with Drs. Jim VanDerslice and Heidi Hanson at the Utah Population Database on this study.... Read More
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Dr. Kirchhoff and Dr. Douglas Fair received a Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation Science Award to launch SOAP (Supportive Oncology for Adolescent and Pediatric Patients). SOAP’s goal is to identify the supportive oncology needs of patients treated for cancer at Primary Children’s Hospital and their caregivers. Collaborators include Drs. Holly Spraker-Perlman and Dom Moore.... Read More
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