Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Huntsman Cancer Institute - University of Utah
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
Huntsman Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center located in Salt Lake City, Utah. As part of the University of Utah Health Care System, the Huntsman Institute combines research, educational outreach and patient-focused, compassionate care. The Institute’s eleven cancer programs use a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment planning and clinical care. In 2010, HCI researchers and physicians published more than 300 reports and studies related to ongoing research projects. Since 2006, the Institute has also maintained a Native American Patient Navigator Program, which trains Native American community representatives to guide tribal members through the complexities of the health care system.
The University of Utah’s Health Care System has its beginnings in 1905, with the introduction of two medical courses to the school’s biology department. By 1912, a two-year medical program was implemented, and became a fully-accredited degree-granting program in 1944. The first cancer research building opened in 1951 as part of the health sciences campus, and the University of Utah Medical Center was completed in 1965.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute is named for Jon M. Huntsman, chairman of chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corporation, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City. Following his own cancer diagnosis and treatment, Mr. Huntsman, together with his wife Karen, made an initial contribution of $100 million in 1995 towards the construction of a new cancer center. Of particular concern to the Huntsmans was establishing a center to provide supportive, personalized patient care as well as state-of-the-art research and comprehensive education efforts. The 225,000 square-foot facility was completed in 1999.
Mesothelioma Treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute
Mesothelioma and other cancers of the lung, chest wall, trachea and mediastinum are treated through the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Thoracic Oncology Program. The program, a joint effort of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, brings together a team of specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, radiology, pathology and other disciplines to provide customized treatment strategies in consultation with patients and their loved ones.
Treatments available may include surgery, radiation therapy and participation in clinical trials. Team member Amit N. Patel, MD, MS, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and investigator whose interests include hyperthermic chemotherapy for mesothelioma, a treatment which involves circulating a heated chemotherapy solution within the abdominal cavity. Other resources available to patients include diagnostic imaging, educational services, pain management, wellness and nutrition services, and support groups.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Huntsman Cancer Institute – general
Huntsman Cancer Institute – Patient Navigator Program
Huntsman Cancer Institute – 2010 researcher publications
Huntsman Cancer Institute – Thoracic Cancer Program
University of Utah Health Care – history
Wikipedia – Huntsman Cancer Institute