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Surgeon’s personal attention helps family fight cancer

Heather Smith was just 25 years old in 2005 when she learned she had breast cancer. She received the diagnosis on her daughter’s second birthday. “It was kind of a stressful, shocking situation,” she said. “You have to relearn how to feel feminine. My husband and I…

Shaw appointed Cancer Liaison Physician

Christiana Shaw, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of surgery at UF, has been appointed Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at UF&Shands. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer established the Cancer Liaison Physician program in 1963 “as a grassroots network of physician volunteers willing…

The body’s great balancing act

Immune system responses are key to our health: too much or too little and the body takes a beating. Understanding how patients’ immune systems respond could open the door for a new kind of personalized medicine, and UF scientists are playing vital roles in moving this research forward.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths. The best ways to protect yourself from colorectal cancer are to exercise regularly; eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet; and undergo a screening colonoscopy once you turn…

Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program funds Huang’s colon cancer research

Emina Huang, M.D., an associate professor of surgery in UF’s College of Medicine, has received a $180,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health’s Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program to fund her research into the origins of colon cancer. Huang and her team of researchers will work with cancer cells and…

UF surgeon co-chairs American Cancer Society’s breast cancer walk

Christiana Shaw, M.D., M.S., a UF assistant professor of surgery and a surgical oncologist, co-chaired the 2011 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk, held in October. Shaw and Karen Daily, M.D., an assistant professor in UF’s division of hematology/oncology organized the walk and…

Community outreach: Shaw speaks to high school students

Christiana Shaw, M.D., M.S., a clinical assistant professor of surgery in UF’s College of Medicine, visited the Eastside Striders, a group of students from Eastside High School, in February to discuss developments in treatments for breast cancer and changes in rates of diagnosis and survival. Shaw said the group,…

Just What the Patient Ordered

Unveiled in November 2010, the Intrabeam is the newest cancer-fighting weapon in the UF Shands Cancer Center’s arsenal. Intrabeam allows doctors to deliver precise doses of radiation in the O.R. after surgery to remove a tumor, shortening what often takes weeks into one 20- or 30-minute session.