Myeloma Center

August 10, 2021

Samer Al Hadidi, M.D., Joins the UAMS Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Samer Al Hadidi, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Samer Al Hadidi, M.D., has joined the Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he will treat patients with myeloma and other plasma cell disorders. “I’m very happy to welcome Dr. Al Hadidi to our staff,” said Frits van Rhee,…

August 9, 2021

UAMS Offering Revolutionary CAR T-Cell Therapy for Myeloma Patients

Linda Haymes

“This offers an entirely new treatment option for relapsed myeloma patients,” said Myeloma Center clinical director Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D. “It is a whole new class of treatment; it’s like immunotherapy is coming of age.”

The Myeloma Center at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is offering a new cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment for myeloma patients. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first and only medical facility in Arkansas approved to provide cellular therapy to myeloma patients.

May 20, 2021

Riney Foundation Gives $1.8 Million to UAMS Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

The Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation's gift will support multiple myeloma research at the UAMS Myeloma Center.

LITTLE ROCK — The Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation announced a gift of $1.8 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to fund multiple myeloma research. “Paula and I are pleased to invest in the UAMS Myeloma Center, which has made great strides…

April 28, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute’s Volunteers, Paused by the Pandemic, Ready to Return

Linda Haymes

Stuart Cobb, a myeloma survivor who volunteers with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and serves on its board of advisors, picks up a sweet thank-you from Julia Hamra of the Cancer Institute's Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department during a recent appreciation drive-thru event for the institute's nearly 70 volunteers.

(UAMS) The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s nearly 70 volunteers may have been out of sight for more than a year thanks to COVID-19, but they have remained close at heart to the Cancer Institute’s staff. For employees of Cancer Institute’s Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department, time and distance has not diminished their appreciation…

April 23, 2021

Twist of fate Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis for Longtime Survivor

Linda Haymes

“I am blessed to live so close to the Myeloma Center,” said Bennie Utley, 79, of Cabot, a myeloma survivor of 16 years. “It really is a state-of the-art facility.”

A persistent sore spot on his thigh led Bennie Utley of Cabot to ask his family doctor about it in early 2005. “It was about four inches wide and eight or 10 inches long,” Utley, 79, recalled. “He told me I was wearing my belt too tight.” Utley was not satisfied with the diagnosis and…

March 22, 2021

Friends Travel Miles, Bring Smiles as Myeloma Patient Begins Treatment

Linda Haymes

Friends of myeloma patient Christie Mink, 51, of Jonesboro traveled to UAMS in Little Rock to welcome her and her husband Jeffery in an emotional display of support.

On her first day of treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center, Christie Mink returned from a lunch break with husband Jeffery to find one sweet treat awaiting her just outside the doors of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Eight friends, all wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “Her fight…

February 8, 2021

Husband and Wife Unite in Battling Myeloma

Linda Haymes

“We have been well taken care of at UAMS,” said Jerilee Gott of Sherwood, Arkansas who is a myeloma survivor along with her husband Ken. “The staff has been outstanding, and we feel we are in very good hands. Our future is very encouraging with the treatment options available for those who go into remission.”

When Jerilee and Ken Gott moved to Arkansas from New Mexico in late 2017 to be closer to their two daughters and grandchildren, she knew she would need regular checkups at the UAMS Myeloma Center. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood, in 2009. But Jerilee Gott,…

January 19, 2021

UAMS Myeloma Center Social Work Manager Appointed to National Board

Linda Haymes

Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C

LITTLE ROCK — The Board of Oncology Social Work Certification (BOSWC) recently chose Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C, clinical social work program manager for the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to serve on its board. Dean will serve for three years. The BOSWC, established in 2003, promotes excellence in psychosocial…

December 9, 2020

Myeloma Survivor Grateful for Time with Grandchildren

Linda Haymes

“Growing old with my husband, watching my grandchildren grow up and spending time with my family and friends were some of the things I thought I might miss,” Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, said, recalling being diagnosed with myeloma in 2001 when she was 59.

Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, and her husband, Mike, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary by gathering with family around a backyard fire pit, socially distancing and wearing masks. “We went to our daughter’s house and enjoyed being together and recalling good memories,” Cancienne said. “I sure do miss hugging, though.” There was a time…

December 7, 2020

UAMS Physician Establishes Second International Guidelines for Treating Castleman Disease

Linda Haymes

“Castleman disease is rare so people don’t know how to treat it and until recently there has not been any systematic approach to unicentric Castleman disease,” said Frits van Rhee M.D., Ph.D., an international expert on Castleman disease. “These guidelines are meant to give treating physicians a framework for the diagnosis and treatment of UCD.”

LITTLE ROCK — Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., a myeloma researcher and clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was lead author on a recently published paper that establishes consensus diagnosis and treatment guidelines for a form of Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related tissues. The recommendations…

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