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From Alaska to Arkansas: A Cancer Survivor’s Journey

For throat cancer survivor Shalonda Michelle, there are exactly 3,815 miles between being sick and being healthy. It’s the distance between Fairbanks, Alaska, where her medical journey began, to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, where she finally found healing. Michelle’s harrowing experience began in 2010. She was…

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104 and Cancer Free

UAMS patient treated by James Suen, M.D., is one of the oldest living cancer survivors in Arkansas   A favorite pillow in Maddie Upton’s Camden, Arkansas, home reads, ‘I’m so far up the hill, I’ve started up the next one.’ At 104, there is no old age joke she hasn’t heard, and she shows no…

Dallas Carter

Three-Year-Old Patient Keeps Sight, Survives Rare Eye Cancer

All Quatisa East wanted was for her infant daughter, Dallas Carter, to be able to see. A rare diagnosis of retinoblastoma, or cancer of the eye, threatened that possibility. “I didn’t give up on her — everything I’ve done is just being a mother,” said the 29-year-old. It’s been a long road for Dallas and…

Josh Pretty, seated, gives a thumbs up just before he leaves UAMS Medical Center for what would turn out to be a shorter-than-expected stay in a local rehabilitation hospital. His wife, Alissa Pretty, third from the right, also does the same.

UAMS Trauma Team Helps Save Sherwood Man after 30-Foot Fall

Even though Josh Pretty can’t remember what happened to him, his family and friends will never forget his fall Nov. 12 from the top of a 30-foot ladder while hanging Christmas lights from a customer’s house. They didn’t anticipate the accident or the sight of the severe injuries he received from it.

UAMS Lung Cancer Survivor in the Healing Garden of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas

UAMS Lung Cancer Survivor Beats the Odds

About 25-30% of patients worldwide with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer die in less than three months. But with talented doctors, advances in treatment and a bit of luck, some patients beat the odds. John Pertuis, 62, is a member of this rarified group of lung cancer “long” survivors. With help from the UAMS…

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…

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