Loretta Herring

Loretta Herring’s soothing words of encourage­ment are among the last heard by thousands at the end of each night. Her commentary lasts fewer than two minutes but delivers enough solace to relieve the worries of the day.

A Community Health Advisor for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Herring is used to speaking at church gatherings and community events, large and small. Still, she never expected to become a welcome presence in cars and homes every evening with her “Kiss Moti­vational Moment.”

Nan Brown-Curtis

Cancer, including breast cancer, has been a constant presence in the life of Community Advisory Board member Nan Brown-Curtis and that of Community Health Advisor Darlene Robinson.

Her sister and niece both died of breast cancer. Her mother and two aunts were diagnosed with breast cancer as well. Her first husband died of lymphoma. Her current husband is a kidney cancer survivor and is currently fighting multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Brown-Curtis herself is also a survivor of colorectal cancer.

Francisco Robert, M.D.

It is with great pleasure that the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB announces the Francisco Robert, M.D., Clinical Investigator Award. This award will secure the mentoring and development of the next generation of clinical cancer investigators at UAB, UAB Medicine and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Charles Latham

Charles Latham can never forget the 16 men he has spoken to, one-on-one, over the years, about the need to be screened for prostate cancer.

They included friends and even two of his own brothers. Fifteen of the men heeded his advice and were tested, diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer. Still, the one man who waited too long to get his screening will forever remain at the forefront of Latham’s mind.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center has launched a new program called O’Neal Invests that will fund UAB investigators’ preliminary cancer-related work and ultimately enable competitive R01 applications.

Edward Oates

Groups of young men socializing outside without facemasks often get a visit from O'Neal Cancer Center Community Health Advisor Edward Oates as she drives by, pulls over and offers a motherly word of medical wisdom. Oates is a Community Health Advisor in the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is No. 25 in the country for cancer care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-2021 Best Hospitals rankings.

The U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021 Best Hospitals list ranks the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB No. 25 in the country for cancer care. This is the first top-25 ranking for the Cancer Center.

Watch Drs. Barry Sleckman and Monica Baskin discuss the importance of cancer screenings.

The recent coronavirus pandemic has prevented patients from undergoing much needed screenings and hindered access to these procedures that could result in late-stage presentations and cancer death.

Tara Bowman (right) with her father, Joseph Henry Bowman III (left), who died from lung cancer in 2016.

Tara Bowman knows the statistics by heart. She can also recite health manuals nearly from memory when it comes to cancer awareness, health disparities and the need for early screening and treatment. 

After Susan Bishop Williams’ stem cell transplant at the UAB Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, she and friends gathered for a tennis match to celebrate the end of her treatment. (Photo submitted)

As an active member on the Advisory Board of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Susan Bishop Williams advocates for the highest quality of care for cancer patients and their families. However, she says she never fully understood the challenges associated with cancer treatment until she received her own cancer diagnosis.