Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Breast Cancer Webinar and Free Health Fair

On Thursday May 28 from noon to 1, Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host a free webinar:  

Managing the Financial Impact of Breast Cancer, featuring Jane Levy (MSW, LCSW-R), director of patient assistance programs at CancerCare.

Register online at, or by calling 1 855 8076386

Also on Thursday, UF Health is sponsoring a Women's Advantage free, annual community health fair at the UF Hilton Conference Center from 8:30 to noon, at 1714 SW 34th street. There will be complimentary blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, as well as information on osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

To register:

or call 352 7330000

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cancer Connections revised monthly schedule

Please note the changes in June and July

May 27 Dr. Dhruv Singhal and Derly Munoz: UF Health lymph node transplants

June 24 Dr. Chris Balamucki NFRMC: HPV/prevention of head/neck/cervical cancers

July 22 Dr. Grant McFadden UF Health Oncolytic Virotherapy: Using Viruses to Treat Cancer

August 19 (third Wednesday) Dr. Nash Moawad UF Health: minimally invasive gyn surgery, cancer prevention tips

Sept. 23 Robin Lewy, director of education with RWHP: RWHP's work with Creando Nuestra Salud (Creating our Health)- an early breast cancer detection program for Hispanic women (rural women's health program)

October 28 Dr. Cherylle Hayes NFRMC radiation: breast cancer

November 18 (third Weds.) Elaine Zapata Gainesville GYN Oncology, RPN: gyn cancers

December 16 (third Weds.) Dr. Chris Forsmark UF Health; advanced endoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cancer Connections May 27

Please help us spread the word about our monthly meetings at HealthStreet, the next one being on Wednesday May 27th and featuring Dr. Dhruv Singhal and Derly Munoz of UF Health, speaking on lymphedema treatment options (including node transplant surgery), and physical therapy.

WHERE: HealthStreet, 2401 old SW Archer Road, Gainesville
WHEN: Wednesday May 27th, 2015 12-1 p.m.
SPEAKER: Dr. Drhuv Singhal & Derly Munoz, UF Health
TOPIC: Lymphedema treatment and Lymphatic Surgery/PT   
RSVP: to Barb Thomas:

Cancer Connections is all about bringing together in one place a diverse group of area cancer care professionals and interested lay people, including nurses, social workers, researchers, physicians, therapists, support group facilitators, ACS volunteers and cancer survivors.

Anyone who is involved in the care or treatment of cancer patients/survivors/caregivers, or who provides a service to them, as well as interested patients/survivors/caregivers, is welcome to join us for networking opportunities.

We normally meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the HealthStreet building from noon-1pm, and feature speakers representing one of the services provided to area cancer patients. Lunch is provided (for a $ 4.00 donation), but we need your RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, May 25th.

We hope to see you on the 27th !

Friday, May 8, 2015

Announcing the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals

We are excited to announce the launch of the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Institute's Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals! This FREE online training is based on the first-ever consensus-based Core Competencies for Patient Navigators that were developed through a collaborative multi-stage process. The comprehensive training covers all the necessary fundamental information to effectively navigate patients, including:

An overview of patient navigation and competencies (1 hour)
The basics of health care (4 hours)
The basics of patient navigation (4 hours)
Enhancing communication (3 hours)
Professionalism (2 hours)
Enhancing practice (4 hours)

Participants have access to:
Interactive in-depth presentations
The Guide for Patient Navigators, which includes a broad set of tools and resources for patient navigators and their patients

Get started in 3 easy steps:
Visit the GW Cancer Institute Online Academy at
Login or register for an account
Use enrollment code: PNTrain (case sensitive) 

Share and spread the news!

Download the
promotional flyer and tell your colleagues about the training
Follow us on Twitter

Use hashtags: #caSNPetraining and #TAPetraining

Webinar - "The Trials of Clinical Trials: The Importance of including everyone"

When done well, clinical trials can help answer research questions and provide access to cutting edge treatments. They establish standards of care and inform the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process. Once a treatment is FDA approved, it becomes eligible for insurance reimbursement and therefore is more accessible. Yet only 2% or 3% of women with breast cancer take part in clinical trials.
  • How important are clinical trials in understanding the harms and benefits of new treatments and devices for health conditions?
  • Are clinical trials currently set up to ensure that women of color and the elderly are adequately represented?
  • How is the FDA taking steps to ensure diversity in clinical trial participants for FDA approved drugs and biologics?
These are important questions that we’ll be talking about in our next webinar, The Trials of Clinical Trials: The Importance of Including Everyone.
Joining us will be two distinguished presenters;
  • Galen Joseph, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine and Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco and;
  • Cindy Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network
All too often, clinical trial participants are overwhelmingly white and male. If not enough women and people of color are included in clinical trials, determining how diverse populations of people are affected by a new drug or device is impossible. Participation in research also offers direct benefits to the participants and underrepresentation of women or communities of color denies them the opportunity to benefit.
We will also be discussing the FDA’s Action Plan to address this glaring shortcoming in clinical trials, as well as where the Action Plan is working and where there are still places for improvement. And last but not least, we will provide opportunities for how and where you can add your voice to make a difference at the FDA.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Life Cancer Support Group

Join patients, survivors, friends, family, caregivers, and supporters for discussion and prayer. We are a group of individuals who share the trials of living with a cancer diagnosis in ourselves and others we love. Enjoy refreshments and fellowship in a loving, supportive environment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:30 to 7 pm.

Gainesville Church of God (GCOG)
7003 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32606

Contact: Rosemary Manlove

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Participate in a Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health

Join us for Electronic cigarettes and the Public Health: Third Public Workshop—the last of three public workshops focused on gathering scientific information and stimulating discussion on among scientists about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The two-day session will be June 1 –2, 2015 at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center in East Hyattsville, Maryland. The workshop will focus on the impact of e-cigarettes on population health including the prevalence and patterns of use, impacts on use of current tobacco products, health effects of e-cigarettes in non-users and the knowledge and perceptions about e-cigarettes.

If you wish to attend the workshop in person or by Webcast, you must register in writing or
online no later than May 20, 2015.

If you want to catch up on the previous two workshops, webcast recordings and transcripts are available online.

Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health: Second Public Workshop" held March 9-10, 2015.

Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health: A Public Workshop" held December 10-11, 2015.

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Tobacco

Please see the updated registration link below for Healthy People 2020’s Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? webinar on Tobacco.Register Now | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Spread the word!

Tell your colleagues and friends about this great learning opportunity. Forward this email or tweet about the webinar.

Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease in the United States.Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are responsible for approximately 480,000 deaths each year in this country. Preventing tobacco use and helping people who use tobacco quit can improve health and quality of life for many Americans.

This Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? webinar will focus on activities and interventions related to tobacco cessation and prevention, with a particular focus on the LGBT population. Through presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies at the local level, presenters will explore the importance of tobacco cessation efforts and the progress we are making to address this public health issue.

Register today!

Free Cancer Workshops (by phone or online)

To register for one of the following telephone workshops, go to or call 1 800 8134673

Register for Upcoming Workshops

Like all of CancerCare®’s services, our educational workshops on cancer-related topics are completely free of charge — no phone charges apply. However, pre-registration is required to secure your place on the call. To register for a workshop, please go to

Registrants can listen in live over the phone or online as a webcast.

If you have any questions, please email CancerCare’s Education Department at

Upcoming Connect Workshops
1. [ ] May 1 New Perspectives in the Treatment of Advanced Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Cancers Part I of Living with Advanced Skin Cancer 
2. [ ] May 5 New Perspectives in Immuno-Oncology in the Treatment of Lung Cancer Part I of Lung Cancer and Immuno-Oncology 
3. [ ] May 6 Understanding Diagnostic Technologies and Biomarkers 
4. [ ] May11 Progress in the Treatment of Polycythemia Vera 
5. [ ] May12 Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer 
6. [ ] May15 Emerging Treatments for Metastatic Melanoma Part II of Living with Advanced Skin Cancer 
7. [ ] May26 For Caregivers: Coping with a Loved One’s Metastatic Prostate Cancer 
8. [ ] May27 Treatment of Estrogen Receptor (ER) Positive & Progesterone Receptor (PR) Positive Breast Cancer & Triple Negative Breast Cancer Part II of Living with Breast Cancer 
9. [ ] Jun 9 Managing the Side Effects of Immuno-Oncology in the Treatment of Lung Cancer Part II of Lung Cancer and Immuno-Oncology 
10. [ ] Jun10 Update on the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer 
11. [ ] Jun11 Highlights from the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting Part I of Your Guide to the Latest Cancer Research and Treatments 
12. [ ] Jun15 Treatment Update on Liver Cancer and Managing the Costs of Care 
13. [ ] Jun16 Highlights from the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting Part II of Your Guide to the Latest Cancer Research and Treatments 
14. [ ] Jun18 New Perspectives in the Treatment of Renal Cell Cancer 
15. [ ] Jun22 Gastric Cancer: Current Perspectives and Treatment Options

The National Cancer Institute also offers a very large number and variety of cancer publications by mail or download (by mail, free, up to 20). To see the complete listing, go to their website:

Or call 1 800 4226237