Dr. Hung Khong

Medical Oncology
Salt Lake City, UT
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

801-585-0209, 2000 Circle of Hope Drive, Salt Lake City, UT
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About

Bio

Hung T. Khong, MD Associate Professor, Division of Oncology, University of Utah School of Medicine Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute Editor-in-Chief, Current Biomarker Findings Associate Editor, BMC Cancer Hung T. Khong, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator. Khong's research interests include cancer immunotherapy and epigenetic modulation in the treatment of cancer. His research focuses on adoptive cellular therapy and cancer vaccines (manipulation of the immune system to treat cancer), combining treatment methods: chemo- or radiotherapy with immunotherapy (using the immune system to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) and chemotherapy with targeted therapy (drugs that intervene with specific molecules involved in tumor growth). Khong's clinical specialties are melanoma and breast cancer. Before joining the Huntsman Cancer Institute in December 2011, Khong was an associate professor and a former Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Alabama. At the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, Khong was a senior clinical fellow in the surgery branch and also completed a medical oncology fellowship in the medicine branch. He completed a residency in the Internal Medicine Program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Khong earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Specialties
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Medical Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

115 Answers
88 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
NO: Actinic keratosis (ak) and melanoma are both skin diseases chiefly a result of sun exposure, but they arise from different skin cell types. Ak is a pr... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Sun exposure: The most important cause of melanoma is uv light exposure, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning beds. Uv light exposure is associated with 65% ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No such thing: Two separate diseases. Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes (cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for skin color). These ce... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Absolutely: The sunburn itself does not cause skin cancer; however, it is a marker of skin damage caused by uv radiation from sun exposure (or tanning bed). The u... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Varies: Most patients with limited disease have no symptoms. However, symptoms are more common when melnoma has travelled to certain locations; brain: headach... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Many: Sunitinib is generally well tolerated. However, it is associated with may side effects including fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, anorexia, hypertension, a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Can't predict: You can't predict at what age you will have a higher chance of developing melanoma. This will depend on multiple risk factors such as family history, ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Yes and Yes: Yes, actinic keratosis is a real problem. It is a premalignant condition caused by sun exposure. If left untreated, actinic keratosis can progress to ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Genetic condition: Keratosis pilaris (follicular keratosis) is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the b... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cel... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: I assume that it was squamous cell cancer (scc) of the skin. Scc is a very common skin cancer. Most of the time, surgical excision is all it takes. Un... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: There has been no scientific evidence that sleeping with a bra on causes cancer of any kind, including breast cancer.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Bowen disease: Bowenoid actinic keratosis is in-situ squamous cell carcinoma arising in actinic keratosis. Yes, it is also known as bowen disease. This is the earlie... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Yes: The earlier breast cancer is dignosed, the higher the cure rate. There are some controversy about what the best check ups are. However, you should per... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
It can: The following risk factors increase the risk of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers: •old scars, burns, ulcers, or areas of inflammation on t... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cell... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Palliative care.: Treatment for stage 4 cancer is mainly palliative, menaing to improve symptoms and hopefully to prolong life. Based on your age, your mom is probably ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Unlikely: Undigestion the day after a blow job is unlikely related to an std. In addition, most std takes several days or weeks to cause symptoms. Some of hte m... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: You are fine. Upper endoscopies with biopsies do not cause cancer. The passing and presence of the endoscopy tube itself during the procedure will cau... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Anytime you're ready: Before a colonoscopy is done, the colon is cleaned throughly by lots of laxatives. So you should not have any stool left in the colon (best case scena... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: No cancer shows up over night. Cancer usually takes many years to develop. Even lesions on skin gradually change (increase in size or change color ect... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Many years: Ovarian cancer can go undetected for many years. Many people don't have any symptoms or only vague symptoms such as bloating or mild abdominal discomf... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: There are always reasons for swollen lymph nodes. Some reasons are known, and others are not. Just because we don't yet know the reason, it does not m... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Clinical trials: This is not bone cancer. It is lung cancer that has metastasized (travelled) to the bones. This is stage 4. There are different types of lungs cancer ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No worries.: High WBC can be due to many causes: infection, stress, steroid use, dehydration, or the use of growth factor (such as neupogen). If there is no eviden... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Not associated: Pus cells (white blod cells) in semen are usually not assocaited with testicular cancer; it is more an indicated of infection such as urine tract infe... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Depends on stage: It is an aggressive disease. There is no stages 1 or 2. It is either stage 3 or 4 at diagnosis. For stage 3, chemotherapy is usually given first, foll... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
chestwall,lung,heart: Immediately under your breast is the chest wall (muscles and rib cage). Below the chest wall on the left side, you have the lungs and heart and great ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Yes: If you feel fine and had no complication, there is no reason not to go back to work. If you don't want to go back the same day, ok to go back to work ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No relationship: Lipoma and melanoma are two distinct diseases. So having a melanoma has nothing to do with having a lipoma or having a liopoma turing into a cancer.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Stage 4 cancer: Most stage 4 cancers are not curable. Stage 4 (or metastatic cancer) is when cancer has travelled to a distant place in the body. There are a few exce... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
1200 mg a day.: You're 39 and on arimidex. I suppose you already had a bilateral oophorectomy? Or are also taking Lupron or zoladex?1200 mg of calcium and 800 interna... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
If recurrent: There is a difference between petechia (tiny red dots) and purpura (brusing). Your description sounds more like bruises. Many people don't know how an... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Yes: Pigments in skin cells (which gives our skin its color) protect the skin from damage from uv radiation from the sun. People with albinoism lack pigmen... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Round spots on scan: Cancer in the lungs whether it comes from the lungs or from another organ usually looks like round spot(s) on xray or ct scan. It can present as one s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Several things: Swollen nodes can be due to injury or infection. However, since you have swollen nodes at distant sites in the body, namely armpit and groin, this rai... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
It is a risk factor: Sunburn blister does not cause cancer. However, it is a marker for severe skin damage from uv radiation exposure from the sun (or tanning bed). Uv rad... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
No: Skin cancer (such as squamous cell, basal cell or melanoma) is mostly assocaited with uv light exposure from the sun or tanning bed. However, it can a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Pleas... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Bodily fluids: Chemotherapy can be eliminated from the body in urine, stools, saliva, and sweat. Therefore, during the first 24 to 48 hours, it is prudent not to be ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
It spreads: Metastasis means cancer has spread to other parts of the body, away from the site of origin. When this happens, it is the same type of cancer but that... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Certainly: The two are two unrealted entities. Carcinoid syndrome (some symptoms are hot flash and diarrhea) is caused by hormones secreted by a rare type of can... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Lotion; steroid: Keratosis pilaris is a common, benign condition. Treatment may include: moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better; skin creams t... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Surgery, chemo: Triple negative breast cancer accounts for approx. 15% of all breast cancer, but up to 25 or 30% in young african-american women. It is a more aggress... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Still low likelihood: Recent studies showed that among people ages 20 to 49, incidence rates of colorectal cancer increased 1.5 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per ... Read More
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A 78-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Higer stage: Colon cancer with lymph node involvement is considered a stage iii disease. After surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy (for 6 months) is recommended for sta... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Not likely: Efudex (fluorouracil) is the brand name for topical (cream) 5-fu chemo. It is used to treat certain types of skin cancer. There is no evidence that to... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Depends: Stages at diagnosis are important. Without knowing your stage of melanoma, it is difficult to discuss prognosis. For example, stage iii has a 5 year s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
A possibility: It is unlikely for a 15 yo to get the most common types of skin cancer, namely squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. However, the deadliest type of s... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 29 years experience
Usually no: Constant cough can be due to many things: asthma, allergy, bronchitis, pneumonia. After an episode of bronchitis, persistent coughing can last for sev... Read More
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Dr. David Sherer
Oct 6, 2013
Highly skilled and intellegent doctor! A credit to the profession.
Oct 18, 2013
Excellent and very useful responses. Thanks for your expertise.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Khong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks my mother had invasive ductus breast cancer lost both breast
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. Your answer gives me a new perspective on the future.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much for your time and help. Thanks!!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Loan Repayment from the National Institutes of Health
Senior Fellowship Training Award, NCI/NIH
Exceptional Pay Increase Award, NCI/NIH
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