Royal Awards

Dr. William Slayton (center) with UF Shands Cancer Center Director Paul Okunieff (right) and Dames Lydia Kuttas (left) and Bernadette Castro-Guida.

The Ocala Royal Dames have awarded two grants totaling $100,000 to UF physician-scientists Erin Dunbar, M.D., and Amy Smith, M.D. Smith is studying the use of oxaliplatin and thiotepa with stem cell transplant to treat solid and central nervous system tumors in children and young adults. Dunbar is conducting a trial in to the use of dichloroacetate in adults with recurrent malignant brain tumors. At the Ocala Royal Dames’ recent event, William Slayton, M.D., (pictured at right) was knighted for his pioneering work in pediatric cancer.

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Fall 2010

From the Director’s Desk

We want to cure cancer. We want to catch it early if we can. But even if we can’t, we want to cure it anyway. Here at the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, we are committed to finding innovative ways to treat this disease, and ultimately, cure it.

Changing the Way Cancer is Treated

The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has delivered more than 73,000 treatments to more than 2,200 patients, placing it among the top 10 proton therapy centers in the world.

A Healing Space

Perched on a bed in a room overlooking Paynes Prairie, Teresa Hughes adjusts the fuzzy brown cap she’s wearing and recalls the day in June when she couldn’t ignore how sick she felt anymore.


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