Oct. 18, 2017 | Most patients find out they have chronic lymphocytic leukemia after a regular visit to their primary care provider. This blood cancer, commonly called CLL, is most often diagnosed in older patients. It happened this way for Bill Wrentz, 67, of Cabot. Wrentz was scheduled for a visit with his primary care [...]
Oct. 12, 2017 | The past year and a half has included many challenges for Josephine Guiden — being diagnosed with cancer, then chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments— but none of them have snatched her passion for life. “There’s power in knowing you have to be positive about life,” said the 70-year-old Little Rock resident. [...]
Oct. 11, 2017 | The bright lights of New York City shone on Little Rock on Sept. 15 when the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute hosted its 22nd annual Gala for Life. Broadway performers Kevin Massey and Dan'yelle Williamson entertained the crowd. The black-tie event, held at Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center, [...]
Sept. 14, 2017 | Five-year-old Lilly Johnson may dream of going to Madagascar, but on a recent sunny Saturday she was happy to enjoy some wild animals a little closer to home. Ewing sarcoma survivor Lilly Johnson spies some chickens in the petting zoo. As a patient of the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center [...]
Sept. 1, 2017 | Since she was in her early 30s, Tracy Lamey has been coming to the UAMS Breast Center twice a year for breast imaging. Her mother was diagnosed at 39 with breast cancer, so that put Lamey at high risk for the disease. “I come here because of the state-of-the-art technology,” Lamey [...]
Sept. 5 — Christmas 2013 was like no other for Julie Papini Session of Morrilton. Having experienced symptoms including forgetfulness, nausea and severe headaches for several weeks, Session took the advice of a friend and saw her doctor Dec. 23. She received a call the following day — Christmas Eve — that “a little something” [...]
Aug. 7, 2017 | It was a normal day visiting her family in Little Rock when Melinda Godsey started to feel sick. “I thought I had a stomach virus,” she said. Not wanting to infect her grandchildren, she got up the next morning and started the drive back to her home in El Dorado. [...]
July 18, 2017 | A year ago, Reg Hamman of North Little Rock was convinced he had heart problems. There was discomfort in his chest that prompted him to visit his cardiologist. “It turns out it was acid reflux,” Hamman said. “I was referred to my gastroenterologist who found out through an endoscopy that I [...]
Read the Spanish version of this story here. June 7, 2017 | If the circumstances surrounding Angel Castillo’s birth are any indication, his life will be full of surprises. It was during a routine gynecological exam in January 2016 when Angel’s mom, Carmen Martinez, got some very unexpected news: She had cervical cancer. As a [...]
June 1, 2017 | When Mark Harper went to see his gastroenterologist last September, he wasn’t expecting a cancer diagnosis. “I never had any symptoms,” he said. “I went in because I promised my wife I’d go see Dr. Henry Rogers before he retires.” Harper considers himself lucky. The doctor in Pine Bluff did an [...]
April 14, 2017 | Lesley Murphy is accustomed to waking up in exotic locations. From snow-covered Finland to the beaches of Bali, this 29-year-old professional blogger spends more than 300 days a year documenting her travels to vacation destinations around the world.
APRIL 12, 2017 | Giving back to his home state is a goal Clinton McDonald takes seriously. For the fifth straight year, the Jacksonville native and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle returned to Arkansas for a week of activities aimed at lifting up the community that gave him his start.
March 13, 2017 | When Nikhil Meena, M.D., crossed the finish line of his first half marathon March 5, his patient, the late Joe Cook, symbolically crossed it with him. Nikhil Meena, M.D., presented a medal to Marilyn Cook after running the Little Rock Half Marathon in memory of her husband and his patient, [...]
Feb. 17, 2017 | A Valentine’s Day surprise brought smiles — and a few tears — to patients undergoing cancer treatment at UAMS. Thanks to the nonprofit organization Compassion That Compels and local boutique Altar’d State, 20 women were treated to a free totebag filled with items to comfort and support them while they undergo [...]
Feb. 1, 2017 | The UAMS Mobile Mammography Program recently received a lift from FIS, its newest partner, in the form of a $25,000 gift. For many members of the FIS campus leadership committee, which presented the gift, it is an intensely personal one. “If you pick anybody off the street from here or this [...]
Jan. 30, 2017 | Three newly awarded grants will assist UAMS scientists in advancing their cancer research projects. The three grants of $10,000 each were presented to investigators Jan. 26 at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute by the Envoys, a volunteer advocacy group of the Cancer Institute Foundation, during their “Doctor is In” [...]
Jan. 23, 2017 | When Hot Springs musician Raymond Lovelace starting having migraine headaches in 2012, he set out to find the cause. “It raised a red flag,” he said, adding that he hadn’t experienced migraines for several years. Raymond Lovelace performed with a band in the Hot Springs area for many years. [...]
Oct. 20, 2016 | When Don Marshall, 58, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he wanted to make sure he received the best possible care. He was considering traveling to California for treatment until he realized there was a state-of-the-art facility in his own backyard. One year ago, Marshall went to a routine physical examination for [...]
Oct. 14, 2016 | Lana Dunn’s 21-year military career has given her the skills to face just about any challenge. Little did she know, those skills would be put to the ultimate test three years ago after finding a lump in her breast. “I was drying off after a shower and accidentally felt it,” she [...]
OCT. 10, 2016 | Seated in the atrium at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Sid Davis heard for the first time what patients and visitors have enjoyed for six years: the uplifting sounds of the institute’s Steinway piano.