Thursday, March 22, 2012

List your cancer-related services in the Cancer Resource Guide

We're updating the Cancer Resource Guide for North Central Florida. The Guide is a valuable tool for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and family members. Listings are free of charge—it is a public service of North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative and WellFlorida Council.

Please submit your listing by emailing by April 9, 2012. Be sure to include:
Name of organization/support group/program
Contact Name
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number
Website Address

The Cancer Resource Guide for North Central Florida has been in high demand by the cancer community—so much so that we've received grant funding to create an online version of it to be launched July 2012. You can see a print version of last year's Guide by visiting

Please notify other organizations that provide services to this community so that they may be listed in the Guide as well.

Feel free to call April with any questions at 352-313-6500 ext. 104.

NCFCCC: Breast Cancer Screening

The North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (NCFCCC) hosted Dr. Julia Marshall, Director of Radiology at UF/Shands for a “lunch and learn” Breast Cancer Screening presentation. Participants received CEUS for Dr. Marshall's presentation, which covered current incidence and prevalence statistics on breast cancer in the US, breast cancer prognostic factors, screening technologies, screening methodologies, potential future screening technologies and screening recommendations. For a complete copy of Dr. Marshall’s presentation please contact Lindsey Redding at or (352) 313-6500 ext. 105.

Cancer Connections March Meeting

Join us on March 28th at noon at Hope Lodge for a presentation by Dr. Paul Okunieff,  Director of UF/Shands Cancer Center.  Dr. Okunieff will discuss treatment of metastases: specifically, the approach physicians use to stage tumors, and the impact that approach has had on treatment and cures. He will also discuss how more comprehensive staging of metastases might lead to a category of patients with metastases that can be cured. Please RSVP to Barb Thomas at

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Teleconferences

In April, the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization ( ) will have two free teleconferences.:
April 3 from noon to 1:15 pm
Topic: Breast Cancer Genetic Risk: Communicating with your Family
Presenter: Dr. Mary Daly, Chair of the Department of Clinical Genetics at the Fox Chase Cancer Center

April 17 from noon to 1pm
Topic: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Medical Update
Presenter: Dr. Edith Mitchell, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center.

You may register online for either or both teleconferences at or by calling
1- 610- 645-4567.

For more information about triple negative breast cancer, go to 

Volunteer for Cancer Connections

Cancer Connections is seeking volunteers to assist with monthly meetings from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Hope Lodge in Gainesville. Volunteers are needed on the following dates: May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 31, November 28 and December 12. If interested, please email Barb Thomas at

Monday, March 5, 2012

Humanitarian-physician Jose Greer on delivering medical care to the homeless

One of the nation's leading humanitarian-physicians and a UF alumnus will speak at the Bob Graham Center at 6 p.m. on March 13 at Pugh Hall. 

Dr. Pedro Jose "Joe" Greer, the assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University, will discuss his pioneering work delivering medical care to the homeless. Greer is the founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that provides medical care to Miami's homeless. He is also the founder of the St. John Bosco Clinic, which helps undocumented immigrants in the Miami area.

Greer has advised Presidents George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton on health care and poverty and has been honored by several U.S. presidents with some of the nation's highest honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His autobiography, "Waking Up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need it Most,"  details his early years as a physician, delivering care to patients living under highway overpasses in Miami. His story has been featured on television stations such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and HBO, among others.