UPDATE: Nearly 40 Show for Cancer Center Open House, Next Events on BRA Day, Oct. 22, and GI Cancers, Oct. 27

More than three dozen people turned out for the Sept. 9 University of Arizona Cancer Center Open House to hear a discussion about “Lymphoma & Leukemia” by Daniel Persky, MD, and Ravi Krishnadasan, MD.

The next UACC outreach event will be the Saturday, Oct. 22, local celebration of Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day (click to learn more), when the UA Cancer Center will host an evening of activites that focus on breast reconstruction for those who've had mastectomies and the UACC Breast Health Program. It will be held at the Komen Arizona office, 2099 E. River Road, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Oct. 27, the UACC GI Oncology team will host a community education event on gastrointestinal (GI) cancers themed "Pancreatic & Liver Cancer Awareness" (click to see program) as part of the UA Cancer Center Open House series. The open house events—which run from 5-7 p.m.—are held monthly at UACC - North Campus, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., as a public outreach function with speakers on various topics related to the latest treatments and therapies for patients as well as programs and services available for them and their families in the community.

For instance, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) was represented at the September open house as well.

The LLS Light The Night Walk—which will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kino Sports Complex adjacent to Banner – University Medical Center South— provides patient support services, advocates for lifesaving treatments and pioneers promising cancer research. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams, and consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational evening walks in nearly 200 communities across North America. For more information on how to participate, click here.

Other related events of note include the Lung Force Walk on the UA Mall, Saturday, Oct. 8, sponsored by the American Lung Association, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the Kino Sports Complex, Sun., Oct. 16. See our DOM Events webpage for other walks and runs you can participate in to support health research.

Regarding last week’s UACC Open House, event organizer Margaret Eller, RN, CTE, oncology nurse navigator for the UA Cancer Center, said, “Dr. Persky and Dr. Ravi provided wonderful presentations and we had many positive comments from the attendees.”

Dr. Persky is a UA associate professor, associate director of Clinical Investigations, and director of the Clinical Trials Office at the UA Cancer Center whose research focuses on lymphoid malignancies, such as lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and others. Dr. Krishnadasan is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and a member of the BMT-Leukemia Multidisciplinary Clinic team at the UA Cancer Center. Both are faculty members within the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine.

Among feedback for their talk were the following comments:

  • Friday is not the best evening.
  • Excellent presentation.
  • We came because one of us had lymphoma.
  • More time to talk individually with physician.
  • Thank you for this gracious opportunity.
  • I shared this event with others.
  • Good job.
  • Thank you great information.
  • Great presentation-well done for laypeople.
  • Thank you for answering our questions.
  • Nice to see LLS here.
  • Very nice refreshments.
  • Good job.
  • Thank you great information.
  • Well done.

The UACC Open House events run from 5 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments and soft entertainment provided from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by the evening’s presentation. 

Please note that the dates and themes of other outreach events mentioned in the second paragraph above have been updated as further information became available. Last update: Sept. 22, 2016.

"BRA Day Participants, Oct. 22, to Receive Free Copy of Dr. Neumayer’s ‘Biography of a Breast’" | Posted: Oct. 3, 2016
"GI Oncology Team to Host Pancreatic, Liver Cancer Community Awareness Event, Oct. 27" | Posted: Oct. 3, 2016

Release Date: 
09/16/2016 - 10:45am