IN THIS ISSUE of UAB Comprehensive Cancer
Center magazine, we take a look at our recent
grant from the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services. This three-year, $15-million
grant is being used to create the Deep South
Cancer Navigation Network, which we hope will
become a national model in decreasing the cost
of cancer care.
The cost of health care is a hot topic in the
news and for good reason. No matter what
form health-care reform takes, we as health-
care providers must find ways to reduce our
costs while still delivering the best and most
effective treatments. Because of our status as a
national leader in the research and treatment of
cancer, we have an obligation to find ways to do
Also in this issue, we highlight our new patient
guide, which is the result of years of hard work
by our nurses and patient education staff. This
handbook provides a comprehensive overview
of everything that a cancer patient at UAB needs
to know, from the initial diagnosis to the issues
surrounding life after cancer.
Lastly, we spotlight two of our biggest fun-
draising events: the ArtBLINK® Gala and the
Fiesta Ball. Together these two events raised
more than $1 million for our various research
efforts and patient and family service activities
at the Cancer Center. This community support
is critical to our mission and allows us to jump-
start the scientific research that will lead to new
drugs and therapies for cancer patients.
We could not do the work that we do
without that support, and I thank each and
every one of you for supporting your UAB
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Edward Partridge, M.D. Director and Evalina B. Spencer Chair in Oncology
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2011 VOLU M E X X VII
N U M B E R 1
AN NCI - DES IGNATED C
CANCER CE NTER SINCE
of Progress an d Promise
2011 VOLU M E X X VII N U M B E R 2
AN NCI - DESIGNATED COMPREHEN SIVE CANCER CENTER SINCE 1971
COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
THE IMPACT OF OBESITY ON CANCER
UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
Director Edward E. Partridge, M.D.
Associate Directors Etty Benveniste, Ph.D. Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D. John Fiveash, M.D. Martin Heslin, M.D. Mansoor Saleh, M.D. Richard Whitley, M.D.
Director Emeritus and Advisor to the Director Albert F. LoBuglio, M.D.
Senior Advisors Kirby I. Bland, M.D. James Bonner, M.D.
Associate Director for Administration Michael Bertram, Ph.D., M.B.A.
OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Director of Education and Supportive Services Teri Hoenemeyer, M.S.H.A.
Editor, Communications and Publications Josh Till
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Program Administrator, Gifts Katy Smith
Program Manager, Volunteer Relations Callie Dunaway
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UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER MAGAZINE
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Medical Advisor Edward E. Partridge, M.D.
Project Manager Caperton Gillett
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