Cancer in Arkansas: Arkansas Ranks High in Deaths from Cancer

Arkansans are less likely to get cancer than the rest of the United States population as a whole. That’s certainly good news in a state that ranks near the bottom of most U.S. health rankings.

UAMS Leads Arkansas in Cancer Education, Research and Treatment

What started as a dream in the 1970s has evolved into Arkansas’ largest and most advanced center for cancer treatment and research.

Screening: Family Medicine Clinics Raise Awareness

UAMS Family Medical Center physicians didn’t wait for a software developer to create the tools… They went ahead and made the tools themselves.

Paul Greene, Ph.D. and Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

Addressing Disparities: Colorectal Cancer Screening a Lifeline

Until eight years ago, Arkansas had no screening program for colorectal cancer, the state’s third deadliest cancer.


Working Together: Physicians and Researchers Pool Their Expertise

The research, clinical trials and patient care that bring patients hope each day at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute needs synchronization to work efficiently and effectively.

Erna Boone, Dr. P.H.

Lung Cancer: Addressing the State’s Most Deadly Cancer

Having tried practically every way possible to quit smoking, Jackie Turnbow almost refused a UAMS tobacco cessation program… “But once I got in there I was almost on the edge of my seat. It was an approach that I haven’t heard before.”


GI Cancer: With New Therapies, Survival Rates Rise

Troy Bond is all too familiar with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer — since 2008, he’s battled colon cancer, the third most common cancer in Arkansas.


Childhood Cancer: Young Patients Receive Family-Centered Program

Thankfully, childhood cancer is rare. But for the families that experience it, the impact is both immediate and far reaching.

Cancer drugs adding years to patients' lives.

Two Breakthrough Drugs Adding Years to Patients’ Lives

Until recently, a metastatic melanoma diagnosis meant cancer had spread so far into lymph nodes and other parts of a patient’s body that any hope of overcoming the disease was futile.

Emre Vural, M.D.

Head and Neck Cancer: Tissue-sparing Techniques Personalize Treatment

Smokers and drinkers made up the bulk of head and neck cancers seen by James Suen, M.D. … until recently.

Dr. Bart Barlogie

Multiple Myeloma: ‘Total Therapy’ Promotes Recovery

In the past 25 years, the UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy established itself as the world’s foremost treatment center for multiple myeloma, a particularly nasty cancer of the bone marrow.

Rodney Davis, M.D.

Over-diagnosis and Over-treatment Lead to Changes

Conventional wisdom says that finding cancer early leads to the best outcomes. But the more researchers have learned about prostate cancer the more it has bedeviled doctors and patients.


New Brain Tumor Procedure Lessens Risk

A new neurosurgery technique using a small port is a promising development in allowing brain tumor removal with a minimum of injury to normal surrounding brain tissue.

Carroll Martindale of North Little Rock

Treatments for All Types of Tumors

When UAMS oncologists found malignant tumors on Carroll Martindale’s liver in 2010, he believed he had four months to live.

dr. hardee

New Devices Provide Faster, Fewer Radiotherapy Sessions

Recent technology investments at UAMS’ Radiation Oncology Center are significantly reducing treatment times and frequency, leading to a better quality of life for UAMS cancer patients.

jeri hudson of Batesville

Treating the Whole Person a Priority

As Batesville resident Jeri Hudson took another look in the mirror, she couldn’t believe how much the wig looked like her own hair.


Searching for New Drug Therapies

When a doctor prescribes a medication, most people follow their doctor’s orders and trust that the medicine will fight their illness. They probably don’t think about how it works or the years-long process it took to get to the pharmacist’s shelf.


Do Food-Animal Viruses Cause Cancer in Humans?

His research has taken him around the world, and over the last 30 years, Eric Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., has developed an international reputation for his work.

Nanotech Changing Cancer Detection

Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology Changing Cancer Detection and Treatment

The sudden explosion in the last decade of understanding highly technical medical research and practice at a molecular scale, about one-millionth of a millimeter, is already changing the health care landscape.

Dr. McKelvey

Center Will Mean New Tools for Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis

The planned UAMS Center for Innovation in Precision Medicine could put cancer patients in Arkansas and beyond closer to new diagnostic tools and expertise for assessing risk and achieving even earlier diagnoses.


Rice Compound Provides Natural Protection

“What we’ve found is that there’s a compound derived from rice that is the most potent radio-protector ever discovered from a natural product.”

Burning ice

Heat Can Make Other Cancer Treatments More effective

ROBERT GRIFFIN, Ph.D., along with a few colleagues, has rediscovered the value in a cancer treatment — hyperthermia — begun many years ago but not yet widely used in the United States.

Breast Cancer Screening for Hispanic Women

The UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health is providing health information and screenings at the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to decrease the number of breast cancer cases among Hispanic, Mexican-American and Mexican women in Arkansas.

MammoVan Breaking Boundaries

The UAMS MammoVan brings FDA-certified mammography services to women in 26 rural Arkansas counties that lack those facilities.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

If melanoma is caught early enough, a process known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery holds hope that the cancer can be removed before it spreads and without disfigurement.

The Food/Cancer Connection

Can certain types of food lower our risk for certain types of cancer?

Stomach Bacteria Linked to Gastric Cancer

Most people in the world have never heard of Helicobacter pylori, but more than two-thirds of people worldwide have this type of bacterium in their stomachs.