Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


March 21, 2019

Grateful Texan Holds Party for Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient Laura Drake and husband Marty of Idalou, Texas, celebrate her continued remission annually with a cocktail party in Lubbock with their friends. The party raises awareness of the disease and money, more than $5000, for the Myeloma Center.

March 21, 2019 | Texan Laura Drake loves a good party — especially when it’s raising money for a worthy cause. Since Drake’s remission from myeloma in January 2014, that worthy cause has been helping fellow myeloma patients at UAMS. For the past three years, the 57-year-old church secretary and husband Marty, a cotton farmer,…


March 13, 2019

UAMS-led Study Shows Potential to Alter Neck Dissection Surgery by 21 Percent in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Susan Van Dusen

Brendan C. Stack Jr., M.D., served as co-investigator on an international study examining the effectiveness of PET/CT scans in determining whether a head and neck cancer patient's malignancy has spread to their lymph nodes.

A study led by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) surgeon Brendan C. Stack Jr., M.D., has shown the potential to alter neck dissection surgeries in about 21 percent of head and neck cancer patients.


March 11, 2019

Bill Signing Propels UAMS Cancer Institute’s Quest for NCI Designation

Susan Van Dusen

(From left) Arkansas Sen. Missy Irvin; UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; and Rep. Michelle Gray look on as Gov. Asa Hutchinson (seated) signs Senate Bill 151 in support of the UAMS Cancer Institute's quest for National Cancer Institute Designation.

With the stroke of a pen, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson brought the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute one step closer to its goal of achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designation.


March 6, 2019

Cancer Diagnosis Gives UAMS Medical Student New Perspective

Susan Van Dusen

Third-year UAMS College of Medicine student and cancer survivor Corbin Norton (center) with his medical oncologist Rashmi Verma, M.D., (right) and nurse Jason Guenther, R.N.

With his first medical licensing exam in the books, Corbin Norton was ready to relax. “It was a really tough exam. I had been studying for weeks,” the 27-year-old UAMS College of Medicine student said.


UAMS Graduate Student Receives Prestigious NCI Fellowship

Susan Van Dusen

UAMS Graduate School student has received a fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to support his melanoma research.

A prestigious fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will allow UAMS Graduate School student Brian Koss to advance his melanoma research.


March 1, 2019

Cancer Survivor Hits High Notes, Inspiring Fellow Myeloma Patients

Linda Haymes

Jay Edwards

Even during his own battle with myeloma, Jay Edwards, 60, of Fort Worth, Texas, is always looking for opportunities to comfort and inspire fellow patients at the UAMS Myeloma Center. The musician shares his soothing sounds on the saxophone whenever he has the chance. One memorable occasion was when, as a patient in the midst…


February 12, 2019

UAMS to Offer 7-Week Freedom from Smoking Group Starting Feb. 26

Susan Van Dusen

The small-group Freedom from Smoking program will be offered from 5-6:30 p.m. for seven Tuesdays starting Feb. 26 in Room 1202 of the Rahn Interprofessional Education Building at UAMS. There is no cost to participate.


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.



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