Huntsman Cancer Institute Information
The quest for effective prevention, accurate diagnosis and safe treatment of cancer was the overriding motive for the Huntsman family to donate $100 million to the University of Utah and establish the Huntsman Cancer Institute in October of 1995. In April 2000, Jon Huntsman, a politician, diplomat and businessman, donated an additional $125 million for the construction of a Clinical Research Hospital as well as to fund ongoing research. Donations such as these, and other sources of funding from gifts and grants, have led the Huntsman Cancer Institute to create a team of renowned specialists in the field and to provide treatment and other services that have become class-leading in the region and the country.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute states as its mission, to further understand cancer as it develops, create cancer treatments from the knowledge gained through the research, and provide the best possible care to cancer patients relieving them from frightful suffering that the disease brings. What sets this facility apart is the focus on molecular level genetics, as well as familial studies to better understand cancer. A database of more than 8 million records and makes this research possible. Clinical trials also play a major part in the Institute’s studies. The Huntsman Cancer Institute and alliance with the Intermountain Healthcare aims to make clinical trials more widely available, so that even more patients can take advantage of the newest treatment protocols and medication.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute is also the only facility in the Intermountain Region, or the area which lies between the Rockies to the east the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains to the west, that has been designated as a cancer center by the NCI or the National Cancer Institute. As such, the Institute treats all kinds of cancers, employing an approach that includes several disciplines to ensure the best possible treatment for the patients and care for their families. In the 50-bed hospital, a team of clinical oncologists work in close coordination with scientist and researchers in coming up with the best possible treatment designs.
The Institute also operates clinics dedicated for those found with higher than normal risk for colon, pancreas, melanoma and breast cancer due to their family history. Patients in these clinics are given priority chances for genetic testing and screening recommendations as well as information on their disease. In addition to this, the Huntsman Cancer Institute has entered into a partnership with University of Utah Hospitals and clinics, and Primary Children’s Medical Center doctors, researchers and scientists to focus on improving and developing treatment for pediatric cancer patients.
Educating the public and patient is the primary focus of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. It seeks to initiate advocacy measures to provide updated information. For this, the Institute has established a resource library called the Cancer Learning Center as well as a comprehensive web-based information service. All these are given for free.
With its research facilities, its highly-qualified team of medical specialists and research scientists, and its undying mission to fully treat patients of their disease, the Huntsman Cancer Institute continues to offer indispensable healthcare services in the Region.