Cancer

Patient Stories about cancer


December 14, 2018

Minimally Invasive Surgery Yields Successful Outcome for Lung Cancer Survivor

Susan Van Dusen

Mary Davis of Maumelle credits the UAMS Lung Cancer Team with her successful outcome.

Mary Davis shies away from the spotlight.

“I don’t like to be the center of attention,” she said.

But in 2016, when a hacking cough resulted in an unexpected cancer diagnosis, she had no choice but to turn the attention to herself.


December 10, 2018

With the Ring of a Bell, 8-year-old Celebrates End of Radiation Therapy

Susan Van Dusen

Abigail Lewis (center) celebrates with her health care team at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center following her final radiation treatment.

It’s common to hear bells at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. When a patient completes their final treatment, they celebrate by stepping up to the large brass bell on the wall and giving it a ring.


November 19, 2018

Screening Leads to Early Cancer Diagnosis and Early Cure

Katrina Dupins

Carrie Stewart playing golf

During a visit with her primary care physician last fall, Carrie Stewart decided to schedule a routine colonoscopy. “It was time anyway because I was 50,” Stewart said. “My doctor helped me get set up and I went in for the procedure Dec. 27.” The physician performing the colonoscopy saw a growth on the imaging…


November 8, 2018

UAMS Cancer Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Cancer Therapies

Linda Haymes

Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery, have received a $604,208 NIH grant to study an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors.

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have received a $604,208 grant to study how an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors helps tumors grow. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the three-year grant to Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College…


October 26, 2018

After Mammogram Reveals Cancer, Mom of 3 Fights Back

Susan Van Dusen

Abby Ellington (left) dons her pink boxing gloves for her ongoing fight against breast cancer. She is pictured with her surgeon, Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

When Abby Ellington got the call about a suspicious spot on her mammogram, she wasn’t worried. She had a scare seven years earlier, before a biopsy revealed her to be cancer free.


October 15, 2018

After 57-Year Respite, Little Rock Woman Beats Breast Cancer a Second Time

Susan Van Dusen

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 84, Joyce Faulkner of Little Rock encourages women to continue receiving annual mammograms throughout their lifetime.

The year was 1961, and football season was in full swing. With her tickets in hand, University of Arkansas alumna Joyce Faulkner headed to Fayetteville to watch her beloved Razorbacks take the field. But first, she had one stop to make.


October 8, 2018

UAMS Physician Establishes International Guidelines for Treating Castleman Disease

Linda Haymes

Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., a myeloma researcher and clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, recently led an international medical team in establishing treatment guidelines for Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related tissues.

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 for the first time establishes treatment guidelines for patients with a form of Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related…


September 27, 2018

Myeloma Diagnosis Amid National Tragedy Solidifies Patient’s Gratitude

Linda Haymes

Janis Bendinger of Kansas City, Kansas, who was treated here in 2001, is currently in remission with no maintenance, and continues to count her blessings.

A severe backache 17 years ago led to Janis Bendinger being diagnosed with myeloma. Then living in Philadelphia, she was referred to UAMS for treatment. But amid her own personal crisis, a national tragedy of historic proportion erupted the day before her flight. “I was supposed to fly from Baltimore to Little Rock on Sept….


September 17, 2018

UAMS Partners Card Offers Shoppers and Diners 20 Percent Discount at More Than 250 Locations

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK – Calling all shoppers! More than 250 shops and restaurants in central and northwest Arkansas and Conway will offer discounts Oct. 26 – Nov. 4 with Partners Card, a fundraising project of the volunteer auxiliary of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


August 16, 2018

Patient Finds Humor in Hairy Situation

Linda Haymes

Eric Ruschky and his wife

“My primary care physician called me in and asked me if I knew a good oncologist,” said Eric Ruschky, 70, of Columbia, South Carolina.



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