Posted by Michael David on June 8, 2013
Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah
Mary C. Beckerle, Ph.D.
CEO and Director
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5550
Tel: (801) 585-0303
Fax: (801) 585-0900
Information on Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the five-state Intermountain West. HCI’s mission is to understand the genesis of cancer, to educate the public about cancer risk and prevention, to provide hope for those who suffer from cancer today, and to create new treatments for future cancer patients.
HCI’s research efforts range from studies of developmental biology in model systems to broad-based population studies. As steward of the Utah Population Database, one of the most comprehensive genetic databases in the world, HCI researchers have discovered several genes that, when mutated, may lead to a greater risk of certain cancers. People with a significant family history of melanoma, colon, pancreatic, or breast cancer are enrolled in on-site research clinics designed to provide a resource to scientists looking for additional cancer-susceptibility genes, as well as to help participants protect themselves from inherited forms of cancer.
Patients with all types of adult cancer are treated at HCI’s outpatient clinics and cancer specialty hospital. HCI meets the highest national standard for cancer care, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that includes treatments, genetic counseling, educational resources, and pain and palliative care. Basic scientists, translational researchers, and clinical oncologists work side-by-side in these programs to affect cancer treatments and cures.
Physicians with the Urologic Oncology Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) diagnose and treat all cancers of the urinary system, including the following:
Medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists of the Urologic Oncology Program all specialize in urologic cancers. The program’s team approach to prevention, screening and treatment includes genetic counselors that can provide recommendations and genetic testing for individuals who may be at increased risk for these cancers as a result of family or personal medical history. Experts in pain and quality-of-life management in cancer care are also members of the program’s team.
HCI’s Urologic Oncology Program provides the following patient services:
- In-depth, personal cancer risk assessment for urologic cancers
- Screening examinations and laboratory testing
- Individualized treatment programs
- Education about strategies and lifestyle changes to reduce cancer risk
- Opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials, support groups, and programs that enhance well-being
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*Source: National Cancer Institute; Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah