Linda Fluker (left) and Naomi King (right) showcase some of the many masks they have made and donated to their communities. (Photos submitted)

Dens, kitchens and living rooms in communities across Alabama and Mississippi have turned into home bases for a cottage industry as health advocates dust off their sewing machines to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D.; Frances Lund, Ph.D.; Isam A. Eltoum, M.D., MBA; Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MHEP; Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH

Five faculty members from the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB have been named winners of the 2020 Dean’s Excellence Awards.

Menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit. – No Menthol Sunday: May 17

The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is at the forefront of a national campaign to engage faith leaders, churches and their communities in discussions about how to improve outcomes for African Americans who use tobacco. Coordinated by the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, the campaign culminates in an annual event, called No Menthol Sunday, and encourages congregations to take time during their regular religious services on May 17 to discuss the dangers of cigarette and tobacco use.

The pastor of Greater Saint John Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, knows that every trip outside – where he will encounter dozens of people – is a risk. Yet he calls it a risk worth taking to deliver help to his neighbors across the city who need it the most.

Cancer-related FAQs on COVID-19

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB offers the following answers to many frequently asked questions for cancer patients about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB remains committed to standing at the forefront of cancer treatment, education and research. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges that require new strategies and procedures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Carolina Salvador, M.D.

The UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine provides a variety of opportunities for patients to experience healing through the arts. Most recently, AIM, in partnership with the Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater, introduced a new creative dance program for Alabamians impacted by cancer, “Raising Our Voices: Stories of Cancer told through Movement, Music and Voice.”

On Monday, Jan. 6, world-renowned researcher Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., joined the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB as the center’s new director.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB recently unveiled an artwork installation in the Wallace Tumor Institute lobby, honoring the O’Neal family and their significant impact on the Cancer Center that will last for generations to come.


September is gynecological cancer awareness month. In 2017, more than 107,000 new cases of gynecologic cancers were diagnosed in American women. Of those, an estimated 31,600 women lost their fight with a gynecologic cancer.