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HCI Researchers Launch Study to Improve Exercise in Lung Cancer Patients

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Dec 28, 2018 8:27:00 AM



As we've talked about before, lung cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer. In some types of lung cancer, surgery has greatly improved survival. However, surgery can be very hard on a person's body, in several different ways. Patients can experience reduced quality of life, pain, reduced physical activity, decreased lung function, and decreased physical function. Studies have shown that these effects can be lessened by exercise. However, exercise isn't frequently used as a treatment in hospital settings. This is because the exercise routines used in those studies are expensive and hard to use in a busy hospital or clinic. Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers and experts from the University of Utah are beginning a study to test a new exercise routine among 200 patients at HCI. They want to test whether it helps lung cancer patients who've recently had surgery and whether it can feasibly be used in a medical setting.

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Why is so much cancer research done in mice?

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Dec 21, 2018 8:38:00 AM



This is a common question when it comes to cancer research. And mice aren't the only organisms besides humans used to understand cancer.

As it turns out, not all research can be ethically or feasibly (humans are complicated) done in humans. One type of experiment considered unethical in humans is the testing of newly created drugs. In these and other cases, scientists have a few options: computer models, lab-grown cells, and model organisms.

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VLCM Foundation Offers Donors the Chance to Tour HCI

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Dec 14, 2018 11:40:14 AM


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Got questions about cancer?

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Nov 2, 2018 8:25:00 AM

Okay, this week's post is going to be a bit different than usual.

My name is Elise Bailey, I work for VLCM Foundation. If you've read an email, blog article, or social media post from us in the last few years, I wrote it. If you've ever contacted VLCM Foundation, you probably talked to me.

If there's one thing I've learned working here over the last few years, it's that people in this community we've built around funding research at Huntsman Cancer Institute really care about the science done there. It's not just about a great day of golf with coworkers or friends. We've had the pleasure of bringing a researcher from HCI to you at the golf tournament for the least two years, and hearing how much people enjoyed that. We've also been lucky enough to take some of our donors to HCI and show them how it all happens. I have been floored (although I probably shouldn't have been) at the amazing questions that have been asked of scientists during those tours. And we know that people in general have questions about cancer. It's complicated and confusing. We have an entire series of articles answering the questions people frequently Google about cancer.

In light of that, I'd like to give you the opportunity to ask any question you'd like about cancer, cancer research, and Huntsman Cancer Institute. I'll chase the answers down for you. 

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HCI - Stanford Team Identifies "Promising Target" for Childhood Brain Cancer

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Oct 26, 2018 9:20:00 AM



Medulloblastoma is one of the most common brain cancers in children and infants, and Group 3 medulloblastoma is the most aggressive subtype of that cancer. It accounts for fully 28% of all medulloblastomas and is associated with both fast spread and poor survival. When group 3 medulloblastoma metastasizes, it usually spreads to the spinal cord—which is enclosed inside the vertebrae (those bones in your back). Once group 3 medulloblastoma spreads, it becomes much more difficult to treat--as with many cancers. Scientists have had little success understanding this process in medulloblastoma, until very recently at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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HCI Lung Cancer Research Reveals New Treatment Targets

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Oct 19, 2018 8:25:00 AM

Lung cancer, as we've talked about before, is very common and very deadly. It's frequently caught late and isn't very treatable. Many researchers are dedicated to understanding and treating the disease. One such research lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute has recently made a breakthrough in how we look at lung cancer.

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