May 26, 2020

Esophageal Cancer Patient Credits UAMS for Exceptional Outcome

Susan Van Dusen

Kent Giboney

For most of his life, Kent Giboney was the picture of good health. “I was fortunate that I never had any major illnesses,” said Giboney, a retiree who enjoyed two successful careers — one in real estate appraisal and the other in property tax administration.

May 14, 2020

AR-Connect Provides for Urgent Behavioral Health Needs

Tim Taylor

Logo for AR Connect

For people living with behavioral health issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to maintaining well-adjusted lives. Imagine this scenario. A man living out of state returns to his Arkansas home to run errands for his aging parents, thus helping protect them from exposure to the virus. Before moving home, his bipolar disorder was…

May 8, 2020

Myeloma Center, Patient Power Host Webinar for Patients Across Nation and World

Linda Haymes

A recent live online town hall, held in conjunction with Patient Power, featured UAMS Myeloma Center physicians, nurses and social workers who shared information with 340 myeloma patients from across the nation and world.

A recent live online town hall featuring UAMS Myeloma Center physicians, nurses and social workers shared information with 340 myeloma patients from across the nation and world. “Creating Your Own Myeloma Roadmap: From Diagnosis to Survivorship” was originally scheduled to be held both in person and online, but was changed to be held through a…

May 6, 2020

UAMS Radiation Oncologist Awarded $1.86 Million National Cancer Institute Grant

Susan Van Dusen

Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

A five-year grant of more than $1.86 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will fund research aimed at reducing long-term neurological damage caused by a common cancer treatment regimen.

May 4, 2020

Caregiving Couple Makes Time for Exercise Together

Katrina Dupins

Tom and Mary Banks

Tom and Mary Banks are professionals when it comes to family caregiving. The Little Rock couple has been caring for Mary Banks’ 101-year-old mother, Virginia Lee Pairett, for the past three years. Before that, they cared for Tom Banks’ mom until she passed away at 102 years old. The Banks lived in North Carolina for…

April 27, 2020

Patient Feels Cared For Even During Complicated Treatment at Jones Eye

Spencer Watson

Gregory Buchanan smiles in the lobby of the Jones Eye Institute in Pat Walker Tower.

| Just a few months ago, Gregory Buchanan could barely make out the number of fingers being held up just a few feet in front of him. The big “E” at the top of an eye chart on the standard exam was a hopeless blur to his right eye — and that was with his…

April 20, 2020

Sensory Room Lets Kids Work Through Problems

Tim Taylor

Patient uses sensory deprivation room

A room once intended for isolating patients in distress has become a favorite of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute’s youngest charges, thanks to the addition of a number of components designed to both calm and stimulate them. The Child Diagnostic Unit, an inpatient unit for patients 2 to 12 years old, was intended to be…

April 14, 2020

Reducing Cancer Therapy Side Effects One Goal of DNA Damage and Host Response Program

Susan Van Dusen

dna, molecule, helix, 3d, rendering, on blue background

The DNA Damage and Host Response program at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute studies DNA repair and genomic instability in cancer and normal tissues, as well as various biological mechanisms of and new interventions in adverse effects of cancer therapy. In particular, investigators are interested in genomic modifications involved in oncogenesis, resistance to…

April 7, 2020

Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program Addresses Entire Cancer Continuum

Susan Van Dusen


The Cancer Prevention & Population Science (CPPS) program at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute conducts research to define etiologic factors underlying health disparities in the urban-rural continuum. The program’s team-oriented and translationally based approach covers the entire cancer continuum — primary prevention, early detection, laboratory research, clinical trials and applications, diagnosis and treatment,…

Louisiana Matriarch Leans on Faith, Family, Friends in Fighting Myeloma

Linda Haymes

“I was just so thankful I had a place that I could come to for help,” says Lessie Credeur of Sunset,Louisiana. The mother of six and grandmother 14 diagnosed with myeloma five years ago and is now in remission. The 59-year-old recently celebrated that success with a Seed of Hope ceremony.

Lessie Credeur’s big, Cajun clan is the heart of the home she shares with husband, Clint, near Lafayette, Louisiana. The stay-at-home mother of six, now enjoying the next generation of her extended family, savors time with her 14 grandchildren, ranging from 16 years to 4 months. “We have 11 girls and three boys and we…

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