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    Live in Utah? You’re likely in one of the world’s largest genetic databases
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Sep 23, 2016

    Live in Utah? You’re likely in one of the world’s largest genetic databases

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Lisa Callister walked into LDS Hospital in 2012 for a routine colonoscopy. She walked out knowing a tumor had been growing unchecked in her colon for about six years. She battled for more than a year as colon cancer ravaged her body. Doctors had to remove the entire organ. But the ordeal might have been avoided, Callister said, if she had previously known that she had Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many cancers. The gene runs in her family, but Callister, her sister, Emily Scalley, and their siblings had not been tested. ... Read More

    HCI Scientist Receives $1M Award to Fund Cancer Research
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Sep 22, 2016

    HCI Scientist Receives $1M Award to Fund Cancer Research

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY—Jody Rosenblatt, Ph.D., a cell biologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate professor of oncological sciences at the University of Utah has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar, HHMI announced today: https://www.hhmi.org/news/philanthropies-announce-selection-faculty-scholars. The award provides $1 million to fund her research over the course of five years.... Read More

    A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
    Sep 19, 2016

    A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Thousands of lives could be saved by a simple vaccination to protect against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Yet only 51% of teens receive the vaccine each year. Every year more than four thousand people die from cancers related to HPV. It's upsetting, it's really upsetting,” says Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, a population scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “If you ask any cancer survivor whether they would have taken an opportunity to get a vaccine that prevented their cancer, they would say yes.”... Read More

    Insurance slow to 'catch up' with cancer drug as Utah man runs out of time
    Research, Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Education
    Sep 16, 2016

    Insurance slow to 'catch up' with cancer drug as Utah man runs out of time

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    To look at 52-year-old Mark Wilson, actively keeping up with the high school baseball players he coaches, you'd never know that cancer is tearing his body apart. “It's a sarcoma,” Wilson said. “I was diagnosed with it in October of 1999." He has survived thanks to a strong disposition as well as the strong work of his doctors and nurses.... Read More

    ‘Liking’ Our Way to a Cure for Cancer
    Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Sep 16, 2016

    ‘Liking’ Our Way to a Cure for Cancer

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Researchers recently revealed in a Nature Genetics paper that they had identified a new gene linked to ALS, a neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The July announcement was a milestone in the fight against ALS, which affects about 30,000 Americans, and a historic moment in financing disease research. ... Read More

    Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Sep 14, 2016

    Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah today announced the creation of a new center to be housed in the soon-to-be-completed expansion of HCI’s research enterprise, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. The new center will be called the Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) and will focus on discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations, including individuals living in poverty and residents of rural (between 6.1 and 99.9 persons/sq. mile) and frontier (<6.1 persons/sq. mile) areas.... Read More

    Not a family curse, but an inherited cancer syndrome
    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Research, Education
    Sep 02, 2016

    Not a family curse, but an inherited cancer syndrome

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    As a child, Eleana used to think her family was cursed. Her father, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins all had cancer and passed away at a young age. One cousin died of lung cancer when he was just 12 years old. “I was afraid to let anyone get attached to me and I was afraid to get attached to anyone,” she says. “I thought if I love somebody they're going to die, if somebody loves me, they're going to die.” When her daughter, Kiera, complained of a sharp pain in her side that wouldn’t go away, Eleana took her to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Kiera was diagnosed with pleomorphic sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer, at the age of 19. After several months of treatment and surgery on her abdomen, Kiera was pronounced cancer-free. Kiera’s experience with cancer gave her a new life mission. She became a cancer researcher at HCI.... Read More

    Kneaders Bakery & Café And The Huntsman Cancer Institute Partner To Raise Money For Childhood Cancer Research
    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Aug 31, 2016

    Kneaders Bakery & Café And The Huntsman Cancer Institute Partner To Raise Money For Childhood Cancer Research

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, 43 children in America are diagnosed with cancer. Salt Lake City-based Kneaders Bakery & Café is proud to partner with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) during the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on a campaign to fight childhood cancer.... Read More

    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Research, Education
    Aug 30, 2016

    Part of $22 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Air pollution is an ongoing problem in many communities throughout the U.S. Air pollution is a major health concern in the state of Utah, with its cities often ranking atop EPA’s list of cities with the worst short-term air pollution in the U.S. Children are particularly vulnerable to pollution-induced illnesses. For children who have had cancer, many face pulmonary-related health problems due to chemotherapy, radiation and surgery they endured to treat their cancer. It’s likely that short-term exposure to air pollutants could exacerbate acute pulmonary issues in childhood cancer survivors.... Read More

    New Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Personalizes Lifelong Patient Care
    Research, Clinical
    Aug 29, 2016

    New Huntsman Cancer Institute Program Personalizes Lifelong Patient Care

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, beckerle

    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is launching a unique program, called HCI-Total Cancer Care, which will follow patients through cancer screenings, treatments, and into good health throughout their lives. The program, which is borne out of HCI’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), utilizes patient data to help match patients to clinical trials and treatment developments happening across the country, offering never-before-seen access to cutting edge innovations in cancer care, while tracking a patient’s health throughout his or her lifetime.... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program
    Health Care Transformation, Research, Education, Clinical
    Aug 29, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    The Huntsman Cancer Institute is launching a new program that combines genetic research with lifelong treatment for cancer patients. It’s is a part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN. More than a dozen of the nation’s top cancer research centers are part of the network, which was built to share data about cancer between the institutions.... Read More

    Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Aug 26, 2016

    Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Today's Want To Know Her spotlights a top notch surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional honors, juggling life as a wife and mom, too. Dr. Cindy Matsen is a breast cancer surgeon treating mothers, sisters, wives and daughters battling breast cancer.... Read More

    Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group
    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Aug 25, 2016

    Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis. ... Read More

    Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation, Research
    Aug 24, 2016

    11 female CEOs making their mark in healthcare

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    As CEOs, these 10 women have positively impacted their hospitals and health systems, and the greater healthcare industry. Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, serves as the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In her role, she oversees four hospitals, 10 health centers, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center and five colleges. Under Dr. Lee's leadership the health system has ranked among the nation's top 10 in quality and safety academic hospitals. Dr. Lee oversaw the opening of the School of Dentistry and the launch of the Utah Genome Project. She is on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital, among other organizations.... Read More

    New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
    Aug 22, 2016

    New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    The wealthy new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune says his father, Utah billionaire and industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr., will serve in a role at the newspaper as chairman emeritus. Deputy editor Tim Fitzpatrick says Tribune publisher Paul Huntsman made the announcement with his father Monday during a meeting with the newspaper's staff and new editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce.... Read More

    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education, Research
    Aug 11, 2016

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. reports second quarter 2016 financial results and provides company updates

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CGIX), an emerging leader in molecular and biomarker-based cancer diagnostics, announced today financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided other company and business updates. Total revenues were $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and included $4.2 million from Biopharma services and $2.5 million from Clinical services, compared with total revenue of $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 67 percent.... Read More