Kallie McDonald
May 13, 2024

Infusion nurse draws inspiration from mother’s cancer journey to fuel nursing career

While most 10-year-olds are focused on sports, school and socializing with friends, Kallie McDonald was by her mother’s side, holding her hand in support during a challenging health journey. While her mom was receiving treatments for ovarian cancer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
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UAB Health System and Infirmary Health
January 24, 2024

UAB Health System and Infirmary Health partner to deliver comprehensive cancer care together

The UAB Health System and Infirmary Health have entered a relationship to bring collaborative, comprehensive cancer services to patients in southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. The result of a multi-year planning effort on behalf of the leadership of the two organizations, this partnership was born with the goal of decreasing the burden of cancer, improving outcomes, and expanding cancer scientific discovery through an increased footprint and resources of both organizations.
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Woman Holding Teal Ribbon on Lower Abdomen
January 3, 2024

Cervical cancer: what you need to know

Each January, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month calls attention to important facts about a type of cancer that is diagnosed in about 14,000 women in the United States annually and is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide.
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Nurse tending to a female African American cancer patient
November 14, 2023

UAB works to improve immunotherapy in treating gynecologic cancers

Immunotherapy is a common type of treatment that uses the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer and other diseases. Gynecologic cancers are treated in different ways, but immunotherapy is becoming more common in treating cervical cancer, uterine (endometrial) cancer, and other cancers that start in women’s reproductive organs. At the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, physicians and researchers are improving the use of certain immunotherapies, and many patients are seeing better treatment results.
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Francine Walton, MPH, and her mother, Marcia Walton, on a trip to Maine in the fall
May 31, 2023

Mother & Daughter: How cancer shaped the career path of the Office for Community Outreach & Engagement’s Program Director Francine Walton, MPH

Francine Walton, MPH, is a program director in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement. Sharing the importance of cancer screening, early detection, and access to care is all in a day’s work as she leads the outreach and community education programs. But it’s also a personal priority. Her mother, a four-time cancer survivor, has had a profound influence on Walton’s career path.
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hands holding cutout of head showing brain activity
May 16, 2023

Brain tumors: Learn about the different types, symptoms, and advanced treatments at UAB

Brain cancer is rare but serious. Researchers estimate that more than 18,000 adults in the United States will die from cancerous brain tumors this year alone.
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Young African American girl smiling while applying sunscreen at the beach.
May 3, 2023

Say Yes to Sunscreen and No to Sunburn

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer, according to estimates by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Avoiding ultraviolet light — a risk factor for all types of skin cancer — could prevent more than 3 million skin cancer cases annually.
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Patrick McCrocklin with dog
March 7, 2023

UAB Patient Beats Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer Without Surgery

In November 2020, retired Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McCrocklin visited the medical center at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., where he assumed he would be treated for a hernia. He actually had two hernias, but doctors also found two mysterious spots on his liver. MRI and PET scans revealed stage 4 colorectal cancer that had spread to his liver, and he was given just six months to live.
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August 26, 2022

Striking Back at ‘Double-Hit’ Lymphoma with CAR T-Cell Therapy

In a battle with a rare and aggressive cancer called “double-hit” lymphoma, James “Milton” Wilkins struck first – or rather, his grandson did, with an accidental elbow to Wilkins’ abdomen. This led to a speedy diagnosis that gave him a fighting chance.
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Jeana Nesmith Russell sitting outside on a park bench
August 2, 2022

Hope Through Adversity — How One Patient Continues to Press Forward with Gratitude for Life, Family, and Friends

Nearly 32 years ago, Jeana Nesmith Russell was beginning her dream career as a nurse in one of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s hospital units while pursuing her graduate degree. Little did she know that her life was about to change forever.
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Controlling Diabetes and Reducing Cancer Risk Go Hand in Hand
November 2, 2021

Controlling Diabetes and Reducing Cancer Risk Go Hand in Hand

Medical experts have been trying to discover links between diabetes and cancer for decades. Some research suggests that the diseases may share underlying causes, or that one disease may influence or cause the other.
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pancreatic cancer
November 9, 2020

Pancreatic Awareness Month Calls Attention to a Silent Killer

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month, when health care professionals call attention to a disease that affects more than 55,000 people in the United States each year. Pancreatic cancer is an especially deadly cancer because of the way it silently spreads before being detected.
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