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
Study Finds Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Enrolled in Social Security Support as Adults
Children with cancer have a good chance of surviving the disease—today more than 80% survive due to advances in treatment and care. However, recent studies have shown that some of these more than 420,000 U.S. childhood cancer survivors face future health related challenges as they become adults such as a second cancer diagnosis, cardiac failure, or other severe medical complications.... Read More