GI Oncology Team to Host Pancreatic, Liver Cancer Community Awareness Event, Oct. 27

“Pancreatic & Liver Cancer Awareness” is the theme of the next UA Cancer Center Open House, Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m., which is being billed as a Community Education Event by organizers within the UACC Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Team.

Pictured right, from left, Drs. Emad Elquza, Tun Jie, Taylor Riall and Agnieszka Witkiewicz; and GI Oncology nurse practitioner Steve Malangone, FNP-C

More than 53,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer and climbing are diagnosed in the United States each year. Pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the country.

With 39,000 new diagnoses and 27,000 deaths per year, liver cancer is the 10th most common form of cancer and the fifth most deadly.

Please join us to raise awareness in our community, learn how to reduce your risk of developing one of these cancers, and to learn about the current treatment options.

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     UA Cancer Center Open House
     “Pancreatic & Liver Cancer Awareness”
     Thursday, October 27th, 2016
     5-7 p.m.  University of Arizona Cancer Center
     3838 N. Campbell Ave. , Tucson, AZ 85719

Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided from 5-5:30 p.m. The program runs from 5:30-7 p.m.


  • Opening Remarks — Emad Elquza, MD, UACC Multidisciplinary Team Leader, Gastrointestinal, and Medical Director, UACC North & Orange Grove Campuses
  • Risk reduction & early detection — Steve Malangone, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, GI Oncology
  • Surgical management of liver cancer — Tun Jie, MD, Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery
  • Surgical management of pancreatic cancer — Taylor Riall, MD, Chief of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology
  • Personalized treatment for pancreatic cancer — Agnieszka Witkiewicz, MD, Director, UACC Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Resource

Jerrelee Hollings, PharmD, clinical pharmacist, UACC North Campus, will also be available to answer individual questions regarding medications prior to the presentation.

“We want to raise awareness of pancreatic and liver cancer and let the community know what they can do to reduce their risk of these diseases,” said Annie Fornoff, RN, GI Oncology nurse navigator and an organizer of the event. "Our experts will also discuss current treatment options."

“There also are going to be a number of community organizations present. We have local representatives of the American Liver Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and American Cancer Society confirmed and several others who’ve expressed an interest in attending. These groups can offer information on additional resources available to patients and their families in the community.”

Questions? Please contact Fornoff at (520) 694-9016 or 

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Release Date: 
10/03/2016 - 6:30pm