Thursday, August 27, 2015

FBCF: Free Resource Listing on our Web Page

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation publishes an extensive list of resources on our web page and is in the process of updating our list.  We are focusing on free and low cost screening services, financial assistance and support groups. We will also be publishing  a list of free or low cost breast cancer screening services offered in recognition of  October Breast Cancer Awareness month.  If you would like us to include any ongoing resources that you offer, as well as any specials for the month of October, please send me the details and I will incorporate into our resource page.  Please feel free to share this e mail.  If you have any questions,  please let me know.  Thank you.


Laura Pilgrim

Laura Pilgrim

Outreach Services

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation

11900 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 806

North Miami, FL  33181

Phone: 305.631.2134     Fax: 305.631.2138

TOLL FREE: 877.644.3222

Eating Healthy on a Budget

It costs more to eat right, right? 

According to Lauren Popeck RD, LD/N, the answer to that question is clearly "wrong."

Eating well can fit within anyone's budget.

Just like anything, all it takes is a little advance planning.

You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy nutritious meals.

Top strategies for healthful eating on a lean budget


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health

4th Floor Classrooms LP 3 & 4

To RSVP, call 321.841.5056 or email

Monday, August 24, 2015

Save the Date: September 18, 2015 Cancer Research Symposium

Dear Cancer Stakeholder,

Please join us at the 2015 Cancer Research Symposium as we celebrate advances in cancer research made possible by funding through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. The Florida Department of Health is hosting this informative event featuring presentations designed to highlight and explain research project results and their collective impact on the
health of Floridians. This free event is open to anyone interested in learning how this important work is moving health forward in Florida. Register now! 

When: Friday, September 18, 2015, 9am–12pm

Where: University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Lewis Auditorium, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando 32827

Click here to register or copy and paste in your web browser.
For more information, contact Sarah Hofmeister at 850-245-4585 or

Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report

One year ago, the Office of the Surgeon General released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, establishing skin cancer prevention as a public health priority for our nation. The Call to Action described prevention strategies that work and called on all community partners to work together to prevent skin cancer.

On the anniversary of the Call to Action, we are releasing our first annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report. The 2015 Report summarizes prevention efforts and the most recent available data. It also highlights new developments and success stories following the Call to Action. By updating this report annually, we will monitor progress, celebrate and learn from successes, recognize areas that need improvement, and identify opportunities to work with partners in government, health care, education, business, and the community.

We hope this report can serve as a resource for your skin cancer prevention efforts. Please share widely with your partners. 

If you have a success story that you would like to be considered for next year’s report, please send it to Erin Garnett at

The Call to Action provided a clear roadmap prevention in the United States, and with the continued effort of partners across all sectors, we can stop the increasing incidence of skin cancers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Moffitt Head and Neck Cancers Webinar

DATE Monday, August 31st

TIME Noon – 1:00 p.m.

SPEAKER Dr. Jeff Russell, MD Phd Head and Neck/Oncology Moffitt Cancer Center


MEETING NUMBER: 643 003 914



Phone: 1-800-206-6032

Access code: 7454306

2nd Annual Moffitt Pathology Symposium: Practicing Pathology in a Changing World

September 26, 2015

Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Conference contact person:

Conference website:

Brief Description:

Join us at this focused symposium on advances in contemporary pathology practice and technology contributing to advances in personalized medicine. Plenary sessions, presentations and interactive discussion will cover: anatomic pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, dermatopathology and addressing pathology on a variety of oncology diseases. This year there will be a concurrent histology conference. Call for case study entries, abstracts, poster session, exhibits, breakfast and lunch included in conference registration.

Course Organizer: USF Health

Course Director: Anthony M. Magliocco, MD, FRCPC, FCAP. Moffitt Cancer Center

Conference Host: Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health

Keywords: Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Dermatopathology, Oncology, Histology

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LUNG FORCE Expo - Orlando, FL

Join us for the 2015 LUNG FORCE Expo

This special one-day educational event will bring together patients, caregivers and advocates with leading experts to learn about cutting edge treatments, medication and research to battle lung cancer and other lung diseases.

This year’s event is taking place November 13, 2015 at SeaWorld Orlando - Sea Harbor Pavilion and Ports of Call and will feature:
  • Educational tracks for patients and caregivers and for health professionals
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Industry exhibitors and supporters
  • Special breakout sessions specifically for lung cancer and COPD patients
Register today.

Registration is $10 for patients, $75 for lung health professionals, and $25 for students (Students use discount code EXPOSTUDENT for discount.  Please note that no CEU's are awarded with use of the discount code). Breakfast, lunch, parking and educational materials are included with registration.

Come meet interesting people, network with others who share your interests and experiences with lung disease, and learn something new.

LUNG FORCE Expo - Orlando, FL
November 13, 2015

SeaWorld Orlando - Sea Harbor Pavilion and Ports of Call
7007 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

You’ve already shown your support for the American Lung Association. Now I hope you’ll take part in our LUNG FORCE Expo.

For more information or to register, please visit our website, or contact me.


Cancer Connections on the 19th (THIRD Wednesday)

Join us at HealthStreet on Wednesday August 19th at NOON, when Dr. Nash Moawad of U.F. Health will discuss the role of minimally invasive surgery in women's health. He will also discuss some strategies to decrease the risk of malignancy in women at high risk, and to minimize the effect of cancer therapy on ovarian function.

Please plan to arrive by 11:50 to help yourself to lunch and find a seat.

The presentation will start promptly at 12:10 so that Dr. Moawad has plenty of time for questions at the end.

directions to HealthStreet (2401 "old" Archer road)
Call Erick at HealthStreet at 394-4871 no later than Tuesday August 18th, if you would like the take the free shuttle to and from the meeting.

The shuttle picks up at the WEST end of Davis Cancer Center, in front of radiation oncology, and at the V.A., and at the UF Health cancer hospital. The shuttle vehicle is a white van labeled HealthStreet.

Please ask Erick for clarification on the time and exact location of where you will be picked up. The shuttle also picks up at the ACS building and at the UF cancer hospital, upon request.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in joining us, but we need your RSVP by Monday August 17th to include you in the lunch count ($4 donation requested). If you are unable to RSVP by Monday, we ask that you bring you own lunch so that there will be plenty for those who RSVPd. Remember to arrive before noon, to help yourself to lunch and find a seat, so that Dr. Moawad may begin on time.

The meetings are advertised in the Gainesville Sun Sunday edition in section "D" under "week ahead."

If you use facebook, please 'like' Cancer Connections' facebook page listed under Cancer Connections at HealthStreet.


Project REACH

Project REACH (Recover, Empower, Adapt, Cope and Heal) is an intervention study that combines support and health information into a digital format to improve health outcomes among Black women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The program is part of a research study at the University of Florida and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. We use 10 short, highly engaging, films to deliver valuable breast cancer health information and structured support over a ten week period to engage women in self-management of their treatment process.  At the beginning and end of the study, we schedule women for a brief assessment that asks questions about their understanding of breast cancer and their relationship with their cancer doctor. If eligible, any information we ask will not be revealed to anyone, and participants will earn up to $60 for completing the entire program. For more information please contact Lauren Hearn at 352-273-6013.

Seeking Cancer Survivors and Physicians to Participate in a Survivorship Care Plan Pilot Project

Are you interested in developing a way to upload cancer treatment information in a short format? We are recruiting 10-20 physicians from the Orlando and Pensacola areas to participate in this exciting pilot project. The end goal is to electronically generate a summary compilation of a cancer patient’s treatments (diagnosis, medications, surgeries, anesthesia, etc.) and a Survivorship Care Plan. 
Physicians: Physicians who participate should have at least five patients who have survived cancer. Physician participants in this pilot will receive:
  • Free subscription to Direct Messaging and a free Graphic User Interface system 
  • SHI will provide software, an e-mail address, and internet interface
  • Free hour of training for a staff member in making the query to generate the summary 
Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of cancer care for all Floridians!
We are recruiting physicians who have treated cancer patients to participate in the program now. Participation will be needed from July to September 2015 to test the system and generate Survivorship Care Plans.

Contact: Marion Banzhaf

August-September 2015 Cancer Stakeholder

Dear Cancer Partners,

To view the latest issue please visit: If you would like a PDF please email or click the Share link below the publication and select Download.

This issue includes:

Program Spotlight: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

State Update: Cancer Research Funding

Cancer Survivor Tips: Clinical Trials

Tools and Resources: Upcoming webinars, workshops and opportunities for continuing education credits

Healthiest Weight Florida: Complete streets and share use agreements, breastfeeding promotion, school health strategies and worksite health scorecard

Cancer in the News: The latest articles from great resources such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Institute for Cancer Research, Medical News Today, and Science Daily

Funding Opportunities: For initiatives and research focused on access to care for vulnerable populations, palliative care, changes to health systems, patient centered outcomes, tobacco regulatory science and physical activity

Events: Local and national conferences for cancer stakeholders

Making the End Count - Inaugural End of Life Conference

Making the End Count
Inaugural End of Life Conference 
Psychosocial, Legal, Cultural & Spiritual Aspects of Dying
October 9, 2015
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, FL
Making the End Count is Suwannee River AHEC’s Inaugural End of Life professional conference targeted to all health care providers and community members to engage in timely and cogent discussions regarding end of life care. The national author and speaker, Tim Quill, MD from the University of Rochester in NY, will provide a keynote address as well as moderate and serve on panels. He is a palliative care specialist and is the Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care and a Board certified palliative care consultant. 
Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Hospice professionals, and other allied health professionals.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:
  • Define what a medical partnership should look like, and to consider how to apply partnership principles in one’s own practice
  • Discuss and demonstrate guidelines for managing and interaction with patients and families as they move through struggles with dementia
  • Formulate strategies to create meaningful conversations with patients and families as illness progresses
  • Consider how the meaning of medical treatment changes when disease-directed treatment is no longer effective, and to illustrate how to potentially move forward in these circumstances by considering real cases
  • Recognize how critical non-abandonment is as a principle in modern medicine with all of its fragmentation and sub-specialization, and to consider how it might play out in actual patient scenarios

Florida Department of Health Cancer Research Symposium

The Florida Department of Health is hosting a Cancer Research Symposium for the general public, designed to highlight and explain research funded through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

When: Friday, September 18, 2015

Where: University of Central Florida - College of Medicine, Orlando, Florida
Click here to register