SURVIVOR PROFILE ...............7 Kimberly Scott

RESEARCH UPDATE ........... 10 Pet Project

CLINICAL UPDATE ...............12 New Patient Guide

CENTER PROFILE ..................14 J. Michael Straughn

NURSE PROFILE ......................16 Edna Foshee

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PET PROJECT H O W D O G S C O U L D H E L P H U M A N S F I G H T C A N C E R A N D V I C E V E R S A MAN S BEST FRIEND can fetch, sit and roll over. Now dogs may be about to perform their greatest trick: helping humans fight cancer while treatments originally developed for humans are helping dogs that are suffering from the disease.

Examinations of genetic-based canine diseases reveal that 58 percent or more are comparable to human diseases, says UAB neurosurgeon and veterinarian Renee Chambers, D.V.M., M.D. Investigating naturally occurring canine brain tumors provides a unique opportunity to advance cancer research, she says.

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TO THE CENTER

There are a variety of ways to give to the UAB

Comprehensive Cancer Center. All donations

are tax-deductible as allowed by law and

may be designated for the cancer or research

area of your choice. Every dollar stays here in

Birmingham and is directly applied to cancer

research and treatment.

Donations may be made by visiting the

Cancer Center s Web site, uab.edu/cancer,

or by calling the Office of Development and

Community Relations at (205) 934-1603.

GIVINGARTBLINK ® GALA 2012 .... 18

ADVISORY BOARD PROFILE ................................... 20 Jeanie Mackenzie

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NEWS AND EVENTS ...........26

INSIDE VIEW ......................... 28 Young Supporters Board

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CREATING A MODEL OF CARE:Cancer Center Receives $15-Million Grant