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Category: Survivorship

A beautiful African American mother with cancer and her son celebrate Christmas Day together
November 28, 2023

Mental wellness tips for cancer survivors during the holidays

Sylvia Huang, Ph.D., director of UAB Medicine’s Psycho-Oncology Program, shares some tips for embracing the holiday spirit with gratitude and mental well-being.
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Headshot of Michelle Taylor
November 28, 2023

Patient Spotlight: Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor answers why she chose the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB for her cancer journey and more in this Q&A.
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Amy Linville in a medical facility with two nurses
November 1, 2023

Pancreatic cancer survivor shares emotional treatment journey

Amy Linville, 43 – a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn. – had several difficulties on her way to being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Learn more about her story as she shares her emotional treatment journey.
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Kelly Klehm and husband with freshly cut mohawk
October 2, 2023

Patient saw breast cancer treatment as taking charge of her future

Kelly Klehm learned that early diagnosis can empower you to take charge of your health. As a younger-than-average patient with breast cancer, she faced each breast cancer treatment milestone at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB during a one-year period while also managing motherhood, work, and wellness.
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Smiling mid adult Asian woman smiles while talking with oncologist. The patient is wearing a pink shirt with a breast cancer awareness ribbon.
October 2, 2023

Next Steps Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic provides post-treatment care

There are over 4 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, more than with any other type of cancer. Patients undergoing treatment usually have frequent appointments with their oncologist and other members of the care team, but they may not see them often once treatment is complete – despite the benefits of long-term follow-up care.
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Headshot of Emily Lombardo
August 21, 2023

Patient Spotlight: Emilee Dabbs

Emilee Dabbs answers questions about her cancer journey and experience as a patient of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Honorees at the 2023 O'Neal Iron Strong Awards
August 18, 2023

2023 O’Neal Iron Strong Awards

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB hosted its inaugural O’Neal Iron Strong Awards July 28, 2023, in the Barbara and Edward Partridge Atrium at Wallace Tumor Institute. The ceremony celebrated nine cancer survivors who benefitted from clinical trials and helped advance the knowledge on cancer care.
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Portrait of a senior woman knitting at home
August 9, 2023

Tight-Knit knitting group now open to all cancer patients at UAB Medicine

Tight-Knit is a new knitting group open to all patients of UAB Medicine Oncology. Starting July 31, it will meet every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in room 101 of the Wallace Tumor Institute.
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Headshot of Ridley Brown
July 26, 2023

Employee Spotlight: Ridley Brown

Ridley Brown answers questions about her career journey and experience as an employee of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Happy art instructor helps female student with painting
July 24, 2023

UAB Arts in Medicine offers creative ways to cope with cancer

At the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, our Supportive Care Clinic connects patients with a wide range of programs to enhance their well-being during treatment and afterward, including UAB Medicine’s Arts in Medicine (AIM) program.
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Caring adult daughter embraces her senior mother. The mid adult woman's eyes are closed.
June 22, 2023

Psycho-Oncology Program supports mental health for UAB patients with cancer

Cancer can put a person’s health at risk, but it also poses challenges to physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being. In response, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB has integrated the UAB Supportive Care Psycho-Oncology Program into patient care, to promote a culture of caring for the emotional impact of cancer.
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Lombardo family picture posing on the beach
June 1, 2023

Patient Spotlight: Emily Lombardo

Emily Lombardo answers questions about her cancer journey and experience as a patient of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Photo of Joseph Thompson in a blue sweatshirt and blue baseball cap
May 18, 2023

The Alabama angel: how one cancer patient is fulfilling wishes of others

Joseph Thompson was an average 22-year-old college graduate. He enjoyed hanging out with friends on the weekend, going to work, attending music concerts and watching every sport that was on his television screen. But on March 3, 2022, he received news that would change life as he knew it.
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Senior Couple Walking Off the Tennis Court
May 16, 2023

Cancer survivors: Join the AMPLIFY study to improve diet and exercise habits

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is offering our community an opportunity to join the AMPLIFY clinical trial, a study funded by the National Cancer Institute that is designed to advance research by helping cancer survivors get healthier.
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woman with cancer in nature while breathing fresh air, concept of a woman fighting cancer, woman with pink scarf relaxed.
April 27, 2023

Cancer Rehab Plus program combines exercise, therapy, and wellness support services

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB’s Cancer Rehab Plus program anticipates and responds to patient needs at every stage of the cancer journey. It’s an approach to cancer rehabilitation that recognizes the complex challenges of cancer and how needs vary from person to person.
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Rashad Hayes
April 11, 2023

Patient Spotlight: Rashad Hayes

Rashad Hayes answers questions about his cancer journey and experience as a patient of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McCrocklin with a dog
March 13, 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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Support group sitting in chairs having a discussion
March 10, 2023

Online Cancer Support Groups Provide Connection for Patients and Their Caregivers

Providing comprehensive care for patients during their cancer journey includes helping them maintain their mental well-being – before, during, and after treatment. To help meet that need, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB (OCCC) hosts online support groups for patients with specific types of cancer, as well as a new group for those with any type of cancer.
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Edith Surles Lonon celebrated her victory over cancer with Blaze at UAB's basketball game on Dec. 4.
December 15, 2022

A clinical trial helps woman go from cancer patient to cancer survivor

In 2014, Edith Surles Lonon of Montgomery, Alabama, noticed swollen lymph nodes along her neck. She was recovering from shoulder replacement surgery, following doctor’s orders for physical therapy. Little did she know she had a far more serious journey ahead.
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Auburn Cheerleader and UAB patient Cameron Monistere
November 16, 2022

UAB helps college cheerleader tackle cancer

The summer before Cameron Monistere started his senior year, he felt a lump in his throat. This was not the anxiety-induced, metaphorical kind. It was a physical one on his lymph node.
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Beth Curles and her family pose with Pankit Vachhani, MD, (Center) during the 2022 UAB Oncology Review, where Beth shared her remarkable story.
November 4, 2022

Striking back at blood cancer, Curles resumes her grandmother duties

When Beth Curles was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 1997, she notified only her close family. As an elementary school teacher in a small town in Georgia, she worried her community might stigmatize her diagnosis and treat her differently. For more than 15 years, she quietly battled her disease, until she was brought to the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s Clinical Research Unit based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  
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Jeana Russell sitting on a park bench
July 28, 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.
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Cancer Survivor Alyson Haynes enjoying life
June 8, 2022

Surviving and thriving – breast cancer survivor shares how she savors life

National Cancer Survivors Day was Sunday, June 5. As frightening as a cancer diagnosis most certainly can be, the good news is that survival rates continue to improve, the number of cancer survivors continues to grow and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has resources to help patients even after they are cancer-free.
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Dr. Hanna's wedding photo
June 2, 2022

The road to recovery — how one physician focused on the good through her breast cancer journey

On Dec. 19, 2019, Jennifer Hanna, M.D., Clinical assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Hospitalist with UAB Hospital Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was diagnosed with breast cancer after a biopsy for abnormal calcifications.  
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