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“I was very pleased to be able to offer Dave this novel immunotherapy, which takes the patient’s own immune cells and genetically re-programs the cells to attack the myeloma,” Puente's doctor Frits van Rhee said. “I am very excited that Dave tolerated the treatment well and that he has had an excellent response to it.”

Myeloma Patient Celebrates Full Remission by Walking Daughter Down the Aisle

Dave Puente of Elk Grove California, the first myeloma patient in Arkansas to receive the new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) last November, recently saw a very personal goal he’d set for himself become a reality. Late last year, during an interview for an article…

John Helmcamp, left, shows his artwork to Suzanne Dhall.

Art for Parkinson’s Workshops Provide Fun, Education, Social Interaction

|As the music began, about 15 people sitting around large round tables picked up watercolor pencils and let the symphonic sounds guide their hands as they applied colorful streaks and patterns across plain white poster board. Some made bold, jagged marks while others sculpted gentle curves. Some used dark colors; others, pastels or brights. They…

Hayes Haupt delivering donation to the UAMS NICU

Family Celebrates Their ‘Walking Miracle’ with Donation to NICU

The Haupt family recently returned to UAMS to give a gift to the NICU in honor of their son’s fourth birthday. Micah Haupt, her husband Will, Hayes, and his 7-year-old brother Hutch were thrilled to be back in the NICU on April 8 after last year’s gift had to be presented outside due to COVID-19…

Cynthia Chapman speaks about her experience with the Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy System

Lung Biopsy Robot at UAMS Detects Early-stage Cancer in Little Rock Woman

A Little Rock woman can now breathe a little easier thanks to new technology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Doctors at UAMS recently activated the first lung biopsy robot in Arkansas. The robot allows doctors to discover and biopsy previously undetectable cancerous nodules in the far reaches of the lungs. Cynthia…

Roger Armstrong with his beard braided

Little Rock Santa Gets Tune-Up from UAMS Heart Surgeons

Even Santa Claus needs a tune-up every now and then. That’s what Roger Armstrong of Little Rock, who has been playing Santa since 1968, discovered early this Christmas season. Normally, by the first week of November, he is posing for Christmas card pictures. Then he makes the rounds at the usual places — events for…

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