Myeloma

Patient stories about Myeloma


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.


July 27, 2018

Subaru, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Blanketing Cancer Patients with Love

Linda Haymes

UAMS Myeloma Institute recently received blankets from the Arkansas division of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Subaru of Little Rock through the nationalwide Subaru Loves to Care initiative.

July 27, 2018 | Patients of the UAMS Myeloma Institute were recently wrapped in additional care and comfort, thanks to the nationwide Subaru Loves to Care initiative by the vehicle manufacturer in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


March 1, 2018

Myeloma Patient Beth Jacks Grateful for Treatment Close to Home

Lee Hogan

UAMS employee Beth Jacks is thankful she didn’t have to leave the state for treatment of her bone marrow disorder.

March 1, 2018 | Beth Jacks, 56, of Lonoke was excited to begin her new job at UAMS in May 2017 as executive assistant to Maurice Rigsby, vice chancellor for Institutional Relations. But when she accepted the offer, she had no idea she would soon need UAMS for more than a job. Jacks was previously…


October 6, 2017

Myeloma Patient’s Loved Ones Roll ‘Ride for Research’ in Her Honor

Linda Haymes

Glennie Barber Family UAMS Myeloma

Oct. 6, 2017 | Carolyn Barber, of El Dorado, waited as six of her loved ones – ­two daughters, a son, two granddaughters and a great-grandson – each rode 10 miles in the recent UAMS Myeloma Institute’s inaugural Ride for Research across central Arkansas in honor of the 75-year-old’s battle against myeloma. “It was wonderful,”…


September 20, 2017

Conway Cyclist Joins UAMS Myeloma Institute Team to Honor Dad

Linda Haymes

Julie and Mark Ferguson of Conway

Sept. 20, 2017 | Julie Ferguson, 51, of Conway, plans to straddle her Trek bike and join 60 others Sept. 23 to ride in the UAMS Myeloma Institute’s Ride for Research. Held in conjunction with the Big Dam Bridge 100, the 60 patients, supporters, donors and employees are riding to raise awareness of the blood…


February 10, 2017

Young Jewelry Designer Supports Myeloma Research

Ben Boulden

Feb. 10, 2017 | Bailey McNeill of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a UAMS Myeloma Institute rock star. McNeill’s father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at Duke University Hospital when she was in third grade. “He sat down with my sisters and me and explained that he would be traveling with my mom to a facility…


December 5, 2016

UAMS Part of International Myeloma Genome Project

David Robinson

Dec. 5, 2016 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is collaborating with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Celgene Corp. to compile the largest set of high-quality genetic data related to myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells in the blood. Brian Walker, Ph.D., a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Internal…



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