The Big C: Fifty Years in the Evolution of Cancer Treatment

In honor of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s golden anniversary, this special issue of the O'Neal Cancer Center magazine dives into the complex social and cultural history of cancer and breaks down the evolution of the major cancer treatment modalities of the past 50 years.

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos courtesy of UAB News, UAB Medicine and the UAB Archives  

Journey to the Center of the Cancer Universe: O'Neal Cancer Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of NCI Designation

As the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first core grant from the National Cancer Institute, its comprehensive vision comes full circle in this retrospective on the history of the NCI designations that started it all.

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos courtesy of the UAB Archives  

Basic Science, Serendipity and the Road to Discovery: Fifty Years of Basic Science Research at UAB Paves Way for Future of Cancer Care

Looking back on the past 50 years of basic science research at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, cancer scientists reflect on the major discoveries that have paved the way for the future of cancer care.

Story by Matt Windsor •

Photos courtesy of Children's of Alabama, UAB Medicine, the Bibb Lab and the UAB Archives  

Addressing Cancer Disparities Through the Decades: O’Neal Cancer Center Reflects on History of Cancer Health Disparities in Communities Across Alabama, Black Belt, Beyond

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the O'Neal Cancer Center reflects on its history of addressing cancer health disparities in communities across Alabama, the Black Belt and beyond.

Story by Claudia M. Hardy and Joseph D. Bryant •

Photos courtesy of the UAB Archives  

ArtBLINK Gala Goes Virtual: As O'Neal Cancer Center Celebrates 50 Years, Advisory Board Looks Back on its Past and Toward its Future

In 2021, the Advisory Board of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center held its annual ArtBLINK Gala virtually for the first time. Now, with their second virtual ArtBLINK in the books, the board looks back on its history and the history of the gala.

Story by Emma Holmes •

Photos courtesy of the UAB Archives  

Welcome: Bassel El-Rayes, M.D.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center's first National Cancer Institute core grant and NCI designation, Bassel El-Rayes, M.D., joined the O'Neal Cancer Center in January 2022 to serve as the Cancer Center's new deputy director.

Story by Anna Waters •

Photo by Julie Cole Miller  

Lasting Legacy: Joan Kemp

After serving as assistant to the director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB for a total of 48 years, Joan Kemp recalls the early days of the O’Neal Cancer Center and reflects on her time working with the O’Neal Cancer Center’s first three directors.

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos courtesy of the UAB Archives  

Another new normal: COVID-19 and cancer collide

As the world adjusts to a new way of life in the shadow of a global pandemic, the higher risks faced by many cancer patients and survivors are now colliding with those associated with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos by Nik Layman and Steve Wood  

Jessy Deshane, Ph.D., and Keshav Singh, Ph.D.

Every day, scientists across the world learn more about how to treat COVID-19, how it spreads and how it affects those who contract it, but what does that mean for cancer research?

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos by UAB News  

Share a Memory of the O'Neal Cancer Center

If you're a physician, nurse, researcher, trainee, staff member, administrator or volunteer at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, our communications team wants to know what you think is most interesting, pivotal or noteworthy about the O'Neal Cancer Center's last 50 years. Submit a memory in honor of the Cancer Center's 50th anniversary, and we may share it on our social media channels!

 

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