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  

Eddy Yang, M.D., Ph.D., a faculty member in the Phase I Clinical Trials Program at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, works in his research laboratory in the Hazelrig Salter Radiation Oncology Center at UAB in January 2019.

Clinical trials serve as the bridge between research and patient care. They allow scientists to test a new drug, therapy or procedure before it becomes the standard, but how exactly do clinical trials work, why are they important and how is the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center working to make them more accessible for everyone?

Story by Anna Waters •

Photos by Steve Wood  

Community Health Advisors Angela Williams and Pam Motion (left) speak to Office of Community Outreach & Engagement Program Director Claudia Hardy, MPA (right), during a cancer education activity at Greater St. John Baptist Church in Birmingham in January 2019.

The Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates its silver anniversary this year after 25 years of providing health advocacy and cancer education to communities across the state and the South as a whole.

Story by Joseph D. Bryant •

Photos by Dustin Massey  

George Wheelock III (right) and Frances Sommers Wheelock (left)

After roughly four decades on the Advisory Board of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, George Wheelock III has seen the evolution of both the O’Neal Cancer Center and its annual ArtBLINK Gala. But this year, Wheelock will take on a new role as the Director’s Circle honoree for the Cancer Center’s first-ever virtual ArtBLINK Gala on Feb. 5, 2021.

Story by Curran Umphrey •

Photo by Mike Strawn  

Zainab M. Shonibare

Three years after leaving her home country of Nigeria, UAB doctoral candidate Zainab M. Shonibare is now studying gynecologic cancers in the lab of O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist Mythreye Karthikeyan, Ph.D., in the hopes of bringing the results of her research to cancer patients and survivors across the world.

Story by Curran Umphrey •

Photo submitted by Zainab M. Shonibare  

 

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