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Cancer Diagnosis Yields Big Surprise for New Mom

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 [...]

Robin Dean Honored by UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary

May 3, 2017 | Gracious, calm and compassionate were just three of the words used to describe Robin Dean at an April 26 ceremony honoring her service to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “Robin looks for the sun when the clouds hit. She brings a positive attitude to everything she does,” said Kent [...]

UAMS Specialists to Speak at Hot Springs Village Event May 18

LITTLE ROCK — A panel of palliative care specialists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will be guests for “The Doctor is In,” a free program from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at Diamante Country Club, 2000 Country Club Drive, in Hot Springs Village. To register, call the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller [...]

UAMS’ Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D., Named Nettleship Chair in Oncologic Pathology

LITTLE ROCK — Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D., was invested April 26 as recipient of the Drs. Mae and Anderson Nettleship Chair in Oncologic Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Sciences in the UAMS College of Medicine and co-leader of the [...]

UAMS to Offer No-Cost Freedom From Smoking Program Starting May 10

LITTLE ROCK — If you’re ready to quit smoking, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is ready to help. The small-group Freedom from Smoking program will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. for seven Wednesdays beginning May 10 in room 10104 on the 10th floor of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. There is [...]

Inherited Cancer Risk Leads Travel Blogger to Choose Mastectomy

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.

NFL Players Pay Surprise Visit to UAMS Cancer Patients

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.

Two-Day Event Educates Professionals on the Latest Cancer Therapies

March 16, 2017 | For 20 years, a UAMS event has provided health care professionals with the most up-to-date information on diagnosing and treating colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers. A second day of educational sessions, combined for the first time in 2017, expanded the offerings to include overviews of several cancer-related topics specifically for primary [...]

Promise to Patient Inspires UAMS Doctor to run Half Marathon

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, [...]

Journey Tribute Band to Headline UAMS Cancer Institute’s RockStar Lounge April 7

LITTLE ROCK — Relive the sights, sounds and energy of 80’s rock ’n roll when Resurrection – A Journey Tribute headlines RockStar Lounge. Resurrection - A Journey Tribute will be the featured performer at RockStar Lounge on April 7. The event starts at 7 p.m. April 7 at Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road, [...]

Compassion Bags Brighten Day for UAMS Cancer Patients

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 [...]

Day at the Races March 16 to Benefit UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

LITTLE ROCK — You are invited to enjoy a day of thoroughbred racing while also supporting cancer patients at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Day at the Races is set for 11:30 a.m. March 16 at Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs. Guests will enjoy [...]

UAMS to Offer 7-Week Freedom From Smoking Program Starting March 8

LITTLE ROCK — Anyone ready to quit smoking is invited to participate in a free seven-week program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The small-group Freedom from Smoking program will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. for seven Wednesdays beginning March 8 in room 10104 on the 10th floor of the UAMS Winthrop P. [...]

Cancer Institute’s Kacie Simpson Honored for Work with Research Participants

Feb. 2, 2017 | Kacie L. Simpson, the clinical research associate team lead at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, is the 2016 Bonny Hope Wallace Award recipient for her outstanding work with research participants. Kacie Simpson (right) received the Bonny Hope Wallace Award from Sandy Annis, a past recipient. The award [...]

UAMS Scientists Awarded Grants for Cancer Research

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” [...]

Lung Cancer Survivor Plays on With Help of UAMS

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. [...]

Internationally Known Physician-scientist to Chair Radiation Oncology at UAMS

LITTLE ROCK — Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., an internationally recognized radiation oncologist and physician-scientist, is joining the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology in the College of Medicine. Fen Xia, M.D.,Ph.D. Xia, who will join the faculty on July 1, 2016, currently serves [...]

Research Support Offices Become Holiday Heroes for Leukemia Patient

Feb. 1, 2016 | It was Christmas night and Yogesh Jethava, M.D., was worried. Working the holiday at UAMS Medical Center, he had just diagnosed a leukemia patient’s rare, life-threatening liver disease. The only known treatment was a drug awaiting U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval and not available at most medical centers. What he [...]

Little Rock Mom Thankful for Beating Colon Cancer

Jan. 29, 2016 | Alice Rogers knew something was wrong. What started with abdominal cramps in March 2015 had progressed to severe pain by July. “It hurt every time I ate, sometimes making me double over,” she said, adding that she also was passing pencil-thin stools. “I knew something was wrong, but I just didn’t [...]

Research Grant Presentation to Highlight Free Event at UAMS Cancer Institute Jan. 28

LITTLE ROCK — The latest in a series of events offered by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will include the presentation of research grants and a scientific poster presentation. “The Doctor is In” is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 on the 10th floor of [...]