Pink Heals

Steve Rusin of Chicago’s Buffalo Grove Fire Department greets the Nichols siblings during the Pink Heals tour’s Gainesville visit Sept. 30. Pink Heals’ Gainesville stop was sponsored by fire rescue agencies throughout the area — including Fire Rescue Professionals of Alachua County IAFF Local 3852 — to benefit women cancer patients at UF&Shands. The UF Police Department teamed with the fire rescue agencies to raise money by selling pink T-shirts. Pink Heals fire trucks, which are covered in more than 300,000 handwritten messages penned by cancer patients and their friends and families, make an annual trek across the nation. This was the tour’s first stop in Gainesville. If you would like to support the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, visit “Make a Gift” at

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Spring 2011

From the Director’s Desk

The UF Shands Cancer Center is one of fewer than 20 centers across the country and the first in Florida to debut Intrabeam, a promising type of radiation that could transform the way breast cancer is treated.

Just What the Patient Ordered

Her husband placed the newspaper by her chair, carefully positioned so the article would be the first thing she saw. When Janice Northrup glanced at it, she discovered the answer she’d been praying to find.

Too Many Surgical Breast Biopsies?

Thousands of women receive unnecessary surgical breast biopsies in Florida each year, University of Florida researchers state in an article recently published online by the American Journal of Surgery.

A Place for Patients

Yoga classes at the Criser Cancer Resource Center are one of many ways the center helps patients and their families deal with the challenges presented by a cancer diagnosis or long hospital stay.

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