Honoring two pioneers

Nancy Price Mendenhall, M.D., medical director of the UF Proton Therapy Institute, was recently named the James E. Lockwood Jr., professor in proton therapy. The late James E. Lockwood Jr. was an adventurist, inventor and explorer. He helped create the first diving lungs used in deep-sea exploration in the 1930s and developed submersible cameras that were used in “Tarzan” films. He passed away due to cancer at age 93 but his legacy lives on. Similar to Lockwood, Mendenhall is a pioneer, with more than 20 years of exploring the areas of breast and prostate cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, lymphomas and helping set national protocols for the treatment of childhood cancer.

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Winter 2012

Paul Okunieff, M.D

From the director’s desk

“Sometimes you have to balk at convention to cure cancer.”

The battle on blood cancers

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UF’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit succeeding through research and team care

At 68, Patricia Beiter still ran three miles a day, biked and swam and had just earned her teaching degree. But a routine blood test revealed a problem. Beiter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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