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April 2, 2024

Research uses machine learning to predict chemotherapy response in triple negative breast cancer patients

With a 60 percent chance that a tumor will not respond to chemotherapy, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University and the University of Galway in Ireland sought to determine whether responses to the treatment could be predicted before a breast cancer patient’s first infusion.
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Woman with cancer cooking and smiling with her boyfriend at home
February 21, 2024

5 tips for getting more nutrition during cancer treatment

If you were recently diagnosed with cancer, you may want to do everything you can to develop and maintain healthy behaviors. Anna Abel, a UAB nutrition sciences graduate, shares her expertise for getting more nutrition during cancer treatment.
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Portrait of an Indian woman with cancer and her doctor
January 30, 2024

Oncology nurse navigators and social workers help simplify the cancer treatment journey

Patients choose the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB for advanced care but also for our unique approach to guiding patients through their cancer treatment journey.
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Female nurse attending to an African American female patient
November 13, 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.
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October 31, 2023

Tobacco Cessation Program helps patients quit, for better results from cancer treatment

Most people know that quitting tobacco can improve their lives, but the stress of cancer can make that even more difficult. For those who may not realize the benefits of quitting after a cancer diagnosis, the Tobacco Cessation Program at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB offers a clear, research-based path for kicking the habit.
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Breast cancer patient receiving comfort from a loved one
October 27, 2023

Best practices for caregivers and support partners of breast cancer patients

The emotional and physical toll breast cancer has on a patient can be astronomical, but the impact on those loving and caring for patients can also be large. One University of Alabama at Birmingham expert provides recommendations for friends and family of those living with the pink ribbon.
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Group photo of the UAB Lymphoma Team
September 19, 2023

UAB Lymphoma Program provides compassionate, cutting-edge care

Find out about the UAB Lymphoma Program at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides compassionate, cutting-edge care for patients diagnosed with common and rare forms of lymphoma.
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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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UAB Proton Therapy Center ProBeam Proton Therapy System, 2020
July 19, 2023

New cancer therapy being studied at UAB could one day offer complete radiation treatment in milliseconds

A full course of radiation therapy in milliseconds rather than weeks: That’s the promise of flash therapy.
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Team in the TrueBeam treatment room at the Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road
May 5, 2023

UAB Radiation Oncology adds latest cancer-fighting technology at Acton Road clinic

The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology has launched its new TrueBeam advanced radiotherapy system at UAB Medicine’s Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road. TrueBeam is Varian Medical Systems Inc.’s top-of-the-line radiotherapy technology, which can be used to treat tumors anywhere in the body where radiation treatment is indicated.
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Acton Road Cardio-Oncology Clinic providers
February 17, 2023

Acton Road Cardio-Oncology Clinic Offers Cardiovascular Expertise to Cancer Patients

Certain cancer treatments can damage the heart and the cardiovascular system. The cardio-oncology clinic at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at Acton Road is addressing that problem. The clinic offers comprehensive testing and specialized care to protect cancer patients undergoing therapies that can affect cardiovascular function.
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headshot of Pankit Vachhani
February 1, 2023

UAB named Center of Excellence in mast cell diseases

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Initiative in Mast Cell Diseases Network. Mast cells are produced in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. Mast cell diseases, such as mastocytosis, occur from an overabundance or overactivity of mast cells in the bone marrow and other organs.
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O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
January 6, 2023

UAB cancer site tops 1 million visits by cancer experts seeking precision medicine treatments

A cancer analysis web portal at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is serving cancer clinicians and researchers across the world in their search for cancer biomarkers, therapeutic target discovery and precision treatments to help patients.
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doctors follow new screening guidelines and improvements in diagnostics and treatment for improved outcomes in lung cancer.
November 22, 2022

Lung cancer advances spur new hope in fight against a deadly disease

Though lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the nation, physicians at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham want patients to know about the advancements in diagnostic technologies and therapies, as well as new screening guidelines, which provide more hope for lung cancer patients than ever before.
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Hunter Boggs, M.D., headshot
September 3, 2022

UAB radiation oncologists provide first SBRT treatments to lung cancer patients in the Alexander City area

Physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology recently began providing stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, to lung cancer patients at UAB Medicine’s Russell Medical Cancer Center in Alexander City, Alabama.
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Women's hands holding an infant
July 6, 2022

LifeSouth’s cord blood bank and UAB Medicine partner to save lives

Mothers delivering newborns at the University of Alabama at Birmingham now can donate their newborn’s umbilical cord blood to LifeSouth Cord Blood Bank, a public FDA-licensed cord blood bank of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Donating cord blood is painless for mother and baby, and there is no charge for the lifesaving service.
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UAB Tumor Ablation Clinic with Physicians performing surgery
April 19, 2022

New tumor ablation therapy treatment for cancer patients offered at UAB

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Radiology is utilizing a special technology to help with tumor ablation therapy called the NanoKnife.  
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Amit Mehta headshot
April 5, 2022

UAB has been recognized as a Program of Experience for CAR-T therapy

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been identified by Emerging Therapy Solutions as a “Program of Experience” for Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy.
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Headshot of Salila S. Hashmi, M.D.
March 4, 2022

UAB first in Alabama to offer heated chemotherapy program for patients with stage 4 cancers

For many patients, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis can be crippling. Though stage 4 diagnoses look different based on the type of cancer, across the board, treatment options are generally limited and the road to potential recovery looks daunting.
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Liver cancer artwork
November 12, 2021

New program brings more treatment options to patients with colorectal cancers

Physicians with UAB Medicine, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine, have launched a new Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump Program — the only program of its type in Alabama — to offer more treatment options to patients with colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver.
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Meredith McGowan, patient who survived rare cancer
March 30, 2021

Team of UAB doctors performs new procedure for rare GI melanoma

When faced with anorectal melanoma, an uncommon and aggressive form of cancer, Meredith McGowan turned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for cross-specialty, cutting-edge treatment in order to get back to her active lifestyle.
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Two Doctors Performing Surgery
November 17, 2020

Surgery on man’s pituitary tumor ends debilitating migraines

After 18 months of excruciating migraines, Birmingham-area businessman Christopher Sheheane felt as though he was at the end of his rope. With the migraines came the inability to think clearly, to lead his company, and to be the father and husband he wanted to be.  
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Jessica Jones and Chelsea Andrews
November 11, 2020

Clinic Offers Chemotherapy Without Requiring Hospital Admission

In December 2020, the Division of Hematology and Oncology began offering High-Dose-Ara-C (HiDAC) through the UAB Extended Care Clinic, an outpatient chemotherapy service that eliminates the need for patients to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.
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UAB Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and Interim Department Chair Danielle Powell, M.D., MSPH
July 2, 2020

UAB Cancer Rehab Program Helps Patients Overcome Complications

Rehabilitation therapy helps people recover from many medical conditions, such as stroke, heart attack, and injury. Rehab for patients with cancer is equally valuable, but it isn’t often used in the United States. The new Cancer Rehabilitation Program, developed by physicians in the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, seeks to change that at UAB Medicine.
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