News : 2010

Encarnacion Miranda, left, listens as Andreas Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his case at a news conference.

UM/Jackson Trial Fights Liver Cancer with Natural Killer Cells

Encarnacion Miranda knew he didn’t have long to live when, in October 2009, he learned that his liver, deeply scarred by the hepatitis C virus he had contracted from a blood transfusion years before, had triggered hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common liver cancer.

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Raisa Gonzalez (center), winner of the Dean's UCare Hero Award, with Magaly Robitaille (left) and Eduardo Alfonso, M.D.

Dean's UCare Hero Award Given at Holiday Breakfast

When Raisa Gonzalez, executive assistant to Eduardo Alfonso, M.D., saw her boss arrive at the holiday breakfast for executive assistants on Thursday morning, she immediately thought she had made a mistake. She mentally scanned his schedule to determine if she had double-booked him. She soon learned that she was wrong, which doesn’t happen often to Gonzalez.

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Jean L. Wright, M.D.

Sylvester Radiation Oncologist Receives ARRO Educator of the Year Award

Jean L. Wright, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been recognized as an Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). The award, given to 40 educators across the nation, is presented in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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Rakesh Singal, M.D.

Free Circulating DNA Might Aid Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is commonly used in men for prostate cancer screening. However, there have been concerns the test is not specific enough. Only one-third of men with elevated PSA are diagnosed with prostate cancer following a biopsy, indicating that a large proportion of patients undergo unnecessary prostate biopsy. New research conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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