Myeloma News


March 17, 2020

UAMS Scientists Awarded Grants for Cancer Research

Seeds of Science grantees

Newly awarded grants are advancing research efforts at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Three Seeds of Science small grant awards of $50,000 each were presented March 5 to UAMS cancer researchers at “The Doctor is in” event hosted by the Envoys volunteer advocacy group.


March 3, 2020

Arkansan’s Golf Swing Breaks Back, Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis

In 2017, Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas, was 50, and physically active, both in his work as the owner of his company, WB Drywall, and in his leisure time.

In 2017, Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas, was 50, and physically active, both in his work as the owner of his company, WB Drywall, and in his leisure time.


February 5, 2020

Fenghuang (Frank) Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS Myeloma Center

Fenghuang (Frank) Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS Myeloma Center

Myeloma expert Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as research director of the Myeloma Center.


January 16, 2020

Grateful Cancer Patient Pedals to Promote Myeloma Center

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently completed a five-day bike ride to raise $7,000 for the Myeloma Center.

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, was 42 and had an 18-month-old son when, on New Year’s Eve of 2004, he was diagnosed with myeloma and given a bleak prognosis from a cancer treatment center near his home.


November 12, 2019

Drag Racer, Specialty Mechanic Praises Treatment at Myeloma Center

"I was determined to find the best place I could go for treatment," said drag racer and specialty mechanic Brian Macy, 49, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, pictured here with wife Heather. Image by Linda Haymes

November 5, 2019

International Myeloma Foundation Partners with UAMS for Regional Workshop

Carolina Schinke, M.D., of the Myeloma Center and Kelly Cox with the International Myeloma Foundation took part in the recent regional workshop for patients in Little Rock.

UAMS Myeloma Center patients, caregivers and staff from across Arkansas and surrounding states spent a recent Saturday learning more about myeloma, a rare blood disease, and how to live successfully with it.


September 23, 2019

Little Rock Volunteer Uses Love of Knitting to Give to UAMS Cancer Patients

Carolaina Ferren

Carolaina Ferren uses her knitting needles, crochet hooks, and bundles of yarn to share her empathy with those who are battling cancer.


September 13, 2019

Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Named UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director

Michael Birrer

Internationally recognized medical oncologist Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., has been named vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Birrer specializes in gynecologic cancers and will join the university by the end of the year.


August 22, 2019

Woman Resumes Humanitarian Trips to China after Myeloma Treatment

Cindy and Doug Sites

Cindy Sites loves sharing the gift of music with others. Whenever she visits the Myeloma Center in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, she likes playing the Steinway grand piano in the lobby.


August 12, 2019

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Brian Walker, Ph.D., with the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $542,486, three-year grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society



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