Monday, September 23, 2013

Cancer Connections Cookbook

The upcoming Cancer Connections cookbook, entitled Cooking with Love, is all about providing healthful recipes using delicious ingredients.  The idea is to not only make healthful cooking and eating a means for improving the health of cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers....but for making it FUN, too!  Most of the recipes come directly from the monthly Cancer Connections luncheons, with a few contributed from other local cooks.  There are even a few "not so healthful" recipes thrown in for good measure, for those days when we all need some real comfort food.

The cookbooks sell for $14, and can be shipped to family members and friends for $3 per book.  We can accept cash, check or money order, only.

ALL proceeds of the cookbooks will go to the therapy-resistant breast cancer research fund at UF Health's Cancer Center.

They will make great gifts, so order early!

Cooking with Love will be available for sale at all future Cancer Connections meetings and at the
Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off fundraising bicycle ride on October 12th. 
For more information or to place an order please contact:

Barb Thomas
352 3774427 (Gainesville)

If you know of a local business that would like to help us sell the cookbooks by displaying them, please let me know.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Register today for free prostate cancer training! Oct 8th in Starke, Fla.

North Florida Regional Medical Center and Suwannee River AHEC present:
PSA: Should We Screen Men for Prostate Cancer?

A free continuing education session for healthcare professionals 

October 8, 2013

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Santa Fe College Andrews Center

209 W. Call Street

Starke, FL 32091

Join us for this program where speaker Martin Rifkin, MD, will explain the role of PSA in screening and early detection of cancer, the advantages and disadvantages to PSA testing and the current recommendations for PSA testing.

Register today at

Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses and other health practitioners.

For more information, please contact Brittany Myers at 386-462-1551, extension105 or email

Download Flyer

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cervical Cancer Screening Among HIV Positive Women Webinar

Presented by:

L. Stewart Massad, MD

Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2:00PM – 3:30PM EST

For Audio Dial: 888-323-9687 Participant passcode: 3356687

Conference number: PW7314711
Audience passcode: 3356687

Participants can join the event directly at:

Women with HIV are at increased risk for cervical cancer and cervical precancerous disease. Understanding the impact of HIV on cervical cancer and HPV infection is important for appropriate screening and management of these women. This presentation will provide the following objectives:

• To understand the impact of impaired cell mediated immunity on the natural history HPV in women with HIV

• To understand the epidemiology and management of intraepithelial neoplasia in women with HIV

• To follow women with HIV and abnormal Paps/CIN in a way that minimizes both cervical cancer risk and burden of care

Dr. Massad is a professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His career has focused on cervical cancer prevention, and he has also worked on assessing relationships between HIV-induced immunosuppression and cervical cancer and cancer precursors. Dr. Massad received his medical degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He trained in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Massad earned his Bachelor of Arts at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

POC: Teri Larkins or Jacqueline Miller

*Participants have the opportunity to send questions for Dr. Massad prior to the webinar. Please send questions to by September 19, 2013 5pm EST. Subject Line: “CxCa HIV Screening Massad Webinar Questions”

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Florida Department of Health Presents The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series - Cancer Treatment: How to Make Informed Choices about Standard Care and Clinical Trials

Participants will learn how patients can make informed treatment decisions, to advise patients about the benefits and risks of standard treatment and treatment in a clinical trial, how new cancer treatments are developed and approved, to sort out the myths from the facts about clinical trials, to search for clinical trial listings for blood cancer, and identify resources offered by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Intended Audience: Nurses, Social Workers, other Health Care Professionals, and Interested Stakeholders

Approval for nurses has been obtained by the National Office of the LLS under provider number CEP 5832 to award 2.0 continuing education (CE) contact hours through the California Board of Nursing. The LLS provider number 1105 is approved as a provider for social work CE by the Association of Social Work Boards Approved CE Program.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Featured Speaker:

P. Gage Gwyn, PhD, ARNP-BC, OCN

Cancer Institute of Florida

To join the online meeting:
1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
4. Click "Join".

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

To join the teleconference:
Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-670-3525
Attendee access code: 297-003-0833

To add this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click here.

Cancer Alliance of Marion County Meeting Reminder

Next Meeting: 3rd Wednesday
September 18, 2013

Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, MD
UF Shands Dept. of Ob Gyn
"Maintaining Fertility After Cancer Treatment"

Diana Moglia Tully, Certified Genetic Counselor
Ocala Health Systems
"Genetic Counseling & Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk"

Remaining time will be OPEN FORUM 
Your time to share! 
Please bring your ideas about:

Improving Care & Counseling for Children & Families
The Impact of Affordable Care
Topics near to your heart and the goals of your organization.
The CAMC is a network through which people collaborate in the local fight against cancer. We are funded by HUGS Charities, Inc. 501 (c) (3)

Our Team of Experts Has Spoken
Cancer Care Professionals & Patients Agree
The Cancer Alliance of Marion County can help improve quality of life for cancer patients by:

Uniting the Cancer Healthcare Team
Supporting Oncology Navigation
Exploring Options for Transportation Assistance
Sharing Information about Agencies Which Assist with Daily Living Expenses
Seeking Alternative for Ameliorating the Cost of Treatment
Encouraging Care & Counseling for Kids & Families
Creating a broad awareness of and easy access to resources & cancer related information through, The Website of The Cancer Alliance of Marion County.

We are closer everyday thanks to your

individual dedication & community spirit.

Better Together

Linda Koontz
The Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Cancer Connections on September 25th

Please join us on September 25th at noon in the Hope Lodge conference room.

Dr. Nam H. Dang, MD, PhD ( Professor of Medicine and Deputy Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Director, University of Florida Shands Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office) will be discussing:

" Recent Advances in the Treatment of Lymphoma"

RSVP by Monday September 23rd if you would like to be included in the lunch count. A $3 donation is requested, or you may bring a healthful dish to share.

Brown baggers are welcome, too!

Feel free to pass along this invitation to anyone who might wish to join us.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NCI Webinar Viewing Opportunity at WellFlorida

Greetings Collaborative Members,

The National Cancer Institute is holding a webinar titled “Implementation and Implications: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Cancer Control” taking place on September 17th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. We would like to invite interested members of the NCFCCC to come to WellFlorida to view and share discussion of the event together as we will project the Webinar on a large screen.

If you are interested in viewing the event at WellFlorida, please RSVP ( to ) by Sept. 16th, as space is limited.

After the webinar, we would like to give NCFCCC members the opportunity to share any brief updates with the collaborative.

If you are unable to attend in person, we will have a call-in option so that you may call in to hear the updates or give your updates over the phone. The conference call-in information is below. The NCFCCC meeting updates will begin 5 minutes after the conclusion of the NCI webinar, around 3:05 p.m. If you are unable to view the webinar with us but would like to call in for updates, please use the conference information below and call in at this time.

Dial-in number: 1-888-670-3525

Participant code: 6232272131

Once again, please contact to RSVP if you plan on attending this event in person.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Inaugural Blood Cancer Conference

Please see the conference announcement below. Our partners at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are requesting collaborative members share this announcement with patients and families as their goal is to have 50% of participants representing families, and 50% professionals. Thank you for sharing!

Inaugural Blood Cancer Conference
Featuring dual community and continuing education tracks

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans

4th Annual Men’s Health Expo: Celebrating Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Please “Save The Date” for the following event.

Event: 4th Annual Men’s Health Expo: Celebrating Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Location: Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Rd. Gainesville, FL 32641

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Organized and Sponsored By: UF Health Cancer Center

If you are interested in offering health educational workshops or free health screening at the 4th Annual Men’s Health Expo, please contact Ms. Shannon Pressey at or call 727-394-6162.

Cancer Connections Cookbook Now In Production

From Barb Thomas, founder of Cancer Connections: 

The Cancer Connections Cookbook is now in production!

The cost will be $14 and it will be available in early October.

If you have not pre-ordered one yet (no deposit required!) and would like to have a copy or two or ten reserved! please let me know.

It's going to be GREAT!!!!!

ALL proceeds will go to the therapy resistant breast cancer research fund at UF Health's Cancer Center, where the pink ribbon jersey and the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off (don't forget to register for the ride on October 12th, or to volunteer : )   proceeds currently go. 
Help support LOCAL RESEARCH towards finding more effective treatment for these aggressive breast cancers, and in doing so you'll have all the favorite Cancer Connections recipes to try at home!  The cookbooks will make great gift, too!

For more information, email