Patients and Families

With good health care, many people who have sickle cell anemia can live productive lives. They also can have reasonably good health much of the time and live longer today than in the past. Many people who have sickle cell anemia now live into their forties or fifties, or longer.

If you have sickle cell anemia, it is important to:

  • Adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Take steps to prevent and control complications
  • Learn ways to cope with pain

If you have a family member/friend who has sickle cell anemia, you can take steps to learn about the disease and help your loved one manage it. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is currently developing an Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program to reduce the suffering and improve the medical care provided to Arkansans with sickle cell disease. Please see links of resources and support services listed to the left of this page to learn more about the program services and other available resources.

You can also learn about the gene mutation that causes sickle cell and more about relieving pain symptoms by listening to Dr. T. Glenn Pait discuss this disease during the “Here’s to Your Health” program. Visit the website for more information.