February 8, 2019

Little Rock Trojans Honor UAMS Breast Cancer Survivors, Doctor at Annual ‘Pink Night’

Susan Van Dusen

Honorees at the UALR Trojans women's basketball Pink Game were (left to right) Liz Caldwell, Donna Boxley, Laurie Shell, Abby Ellington, Terri Seiter and Issam Makhoul, M.D.

There was plenty of pink to go around Feb. 7 when UAMS breast cancer survivors were honored by the UALR women’s basketball team at their annual Pink Night.

Five survivors, along with hematologist oncologist Issam Makhoul, M.D., were introduced to the crowd and joined the Little Rock Trojans on the court for the national anthem prior to their game against the Troy University Trojans.


February 7, 2019

UAMS Program Offers Support to Children of Cancer Patients

Susan Van Dusen

A group to help children cope with a parent’s cancer diagnosis is set to begin March 5 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


February 5, 2019

UAMS Scientists Awarded Grants for Cancer Research

Susan Van Dusen

The 2019 Seeds of Science grant recipients from the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute are (left to right) Zhiqiang Qin, M.D., Ph.D.; Brendan Frett, Ph.D.; Stephanie Byrum, Ph.D.; Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D.; Alicia Byrd, Ph.D.; and Robert Eoff, Ph.D.

Researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to the efforts of two volunteer groups.


January 23, 2019

Arkansas Legislators Offer Support to UAMS Cancer Institute, Tour Campus

Susan Van Dusen

State Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View gives a thumbs up after announcing legislative support for the UAMS Cancer Institute’s quest to achieve NCI Designation. She is joined by fellow members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, including co-lead sponsor Rep. Michelle Gray (in red jacket).

A group of Arkansas legislators proclaimed their support of a UAMS initiative to expand its cancer research and treatment efforts during a Jan. 23 event at the state Capitol.


December 14, 2018

Minimally Invasive Surgery Yields Successful Outcome for Lung Cancer Survivor

Susan Van Dusen

Mary Davis of Maumelle credits the UAMS Lung Cancer Team with her successful outcome.

Mary Davis shies away from the spotlight.

“I don’t like to be the center of attention,” she said.

But in 2016, when a hacking cough resulted in an unexpected cancer diagnosis, she had no choice but to turn the attention to herself.


December 12, 2018

Shannon Fleming, Ed.D., Named Executive Director of Development for UAMS Cancer Institute

Susan Van Dusen

Shannon Fleming, Ed.D.

Shannon Fleming, Ed.D., has been named executive director of development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). His position will focus on fund raising efforts for the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.


December 10, 2018

With the Ring of a Bell, 8-year-old Celebrates End of Radiation Therapy

Susan Van Dusen

Abigail Lewis (center) celebrates with her health care team at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center following her final radiation treatment.

It’s common to hear bells at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. When a patient completes their final treatment, they celebrate by stepping up to the large brass bell on the wall and giving it a ring.


October 30, 2018

Sue Ward Named UAMS Cancer Institute Volunteer of the Year

Susan Van Dusen

Sue Ward (right), UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute 2018 Volunteersof the Year, with Janie Lowe, director of volunteer services and auxiliary.

With more than 2,000 volunteer hours behind her and countless more ahead, Sue Ward’s giving spirit shows no sign of slowing down.


October 26, 2018

After Mammogram Reveals Cancer, Mom of 3 Fights Back

Susan Van Dusen

Abby Ellington (left) dons her pink boxing gloves for her ongoing fight against breast cancer. She is pictured with her surgeon, Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

When Abby Ellington got the call about a suspicious spot on her mammogram, she wasn’t worried. She had a scare seven years earlier, before a biopsy revealed her to be cancer free.


October 15, 2018

After 57-Year Respite, Little Rock Woman Beats Breast Cancer a Second Time

Susan Van Dusen

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 84, Joyce Faulkner of Little Rock encourages women to continue receiving annual mammograms throughout their lifetime.

The year was 1961, and football season was in full swing. With her tickets in hand, University of Arkansas alumna Joyce Faulkner headed to Fayetteville to watch her beloved Razorbacks take the field. But first, she had one stop to make.



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