Patient Stories

Herb Lair at UAMS

Implant Offers UAMS Patient Relief from Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Herb Lair got an upgrade to his quality of life after having a device implanted in his spinal cord at UAMS. Lair, 78, suffered from painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) for about two years until he had the procedure in June 2022. Even after major back surgery and different treatment therapies, Lair had trouble walking long…

“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…

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