Cancer


March 8, 2019

Taking Steps Toward a Cure

Angel McVay, UAMS Breast Cancer patient. Angel McVay was a busy wife, mother, business owner, photographer, and yoga instructor. Luckily, she took time for a breast self-exam last summer and went to a UAMS Neighborhood Clinic immediately after noticing a suspicious lump. She was referred to the Breast Center at UAMS for a mammogram the following day, and then…


We Had Work to Do

Cameron Smith, UAMS Head and Neck Cancer patient. When Northwest Arkansas businessman Cameron Smith was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer, he didn’t waste any time. “We had work to do,” he said. The first order of business included consulting UAMS’ renowned head and neck surgeon James Y. Suen, M.D. Led by Dr. Suen, a team of physicians…


Lawyer Faces Rare Case

When Little Rock lawyer Stephen Engstrom was diagnosed with an extremely rare bone marrow disease over ten years ago, he immediately researched all available treatment options. After visiting some of the most renowned medical institutions in the country, he found experts in his disease at UAMS – just minutes from home. Under the care of Dr. Frits van…


Rare Lung Procedure Saves Life

Before he came to UAMS, Paul Jones of Camden was preparing to die. The 67-year-old had a tumor on his left lung that had been discovered during a CT scan following an auto accident. Jones was sent to a lung specialist for a biopsy to determine whether the tumor was cancerous. But due to Jones’…


An Arkansas “Treasure”

Industrial real estate broker Dan Robinson came to the Longevity Center at UAMS for what he refers to as “a 100,000-mile check-up.” That routine appointment in May 2013 revealed the need for further testing, which led to a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He then went to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, where he received successful treatment under…


Beating Colon Cancer

Former Arkansas Senator Paul Miller, UAMS Colon Cancer patient. Former Arkansas Senator Paul Miller of Melbourne is not your average senior citizen. At age 79, the retired auto dealer, realtor, farmer and coach was in great shape and still running four miles regularly. His diabetes was well-managed, and he had no complaints about his health….


Super Bowl Champ Visits Cancer Institute Patients

Defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Clinton McDonald learned that he has something in common with UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute patients when he paid them a visit last week — they are fighters. “We often feel like we have so many problems in our lives,” McDonald said….


Volunteers Help Cancer Patients on the Road to Recovery

When John Ritchie had the chance to retire in 2013, he took it. But he’s not letting his lack of a job slow him down. “With all my free time, I decided to start volunteering,” said Ritchie, who formerly served as an information technology technician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Working…


Myeloma Patients Enjoy Games, Each Other

“I’m not sure about this because I’ve never played this game before, but I think I’ve got a bingo,” said Raymonna Jean of Haiti. The brightly sun-lit lounge area on the seventh floor of UAMS Medical Center erupted with friendly laughter from a roomful of patients and caregivers. “Monna, Monna, Monna,” said fellow multiple myeloma…


Knitting Group Provides Hope for Patients

The group provides knitted breast prostheses to patients at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). They are distributed free of charge through the Cancer Institute’s Patient Support Pavilion to women who have undergone a mastectomy. The pavilion is located on the first floor of the Cancer…



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