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Registration Opens for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s ‘WellBeingWell’ Conference

Special to UM News

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to present the third WellBeingWell conference sponsored by Chico’sFAS. The one-day event will take place Thursday, November 6, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlights include keynote speakers Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

With presentations from Sylvester physicians, scientists, and other nationally recognized leaders in the healthcare community, guests will be immersed in a series of panel discussions and seminars. Topics will cover a wide variety of timely cancer issues, including men’s and women’s health, preventive healthcare, nutrition, exercise, genetics, clinical trials, and cancer treatment and survivorship.

WellBeingWell is one of the many ways that Sylvester can share its expertise with the community,” said Vivian Urbieta, conference co-chair. “As the only academic-based cancer center in South Florida, Sylvester has a unique set of experts who can provide key insights to help all of us live healthier lives.”

WellBeingWell is devoted to sharing the latest research-based approaches to becoming and staying healthy over the course of a lifetime. “We know that there are critical steps we can all take to stave off many diseases, including cancer,” said Nimer, professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology. “In hosting WellBeingWell, we hope to share those messages with as many people as possible, before they ever need to see us as patients. This conference is for people who want to learn about cancer prevention, healthy living, cancer detection, and the latest individualized treatments.”

Nelly M. Farra, vice chair, hopes the conference inspires attendees. “We think the variety of topics and depth of information will be transformative, enabling guests to come away with life-changing advice.”

Following Nimer’s keynote address during breakfast, guests will be able to customize their conference experience by choosing which breakout sessions to attend. Among the topics are “Updates: Genetics and Cancer;” “Eat Right, Do Right, Feel Right;” “The ‘Skinny’ on Healthy Skin;” “Cancer in the Environment;” “The Importance of Sleep and Stress;” “Lifestyles to Promote Well Being;” and “Coping with Cancer.”

Mukherjee’s luncheon keynote address promises to be as engaging and illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which was listed as one of the 100 most influential books written in the last 100 years by TIME magazine. A hematologist-oncologist at Columbia University, Mukherjee’s research has centered on finding therapies for myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myelogenous leukemia and exploring the difference between normal stem cells and cancer cells.

The presenting sponsor of the event, Chico’s, has been committed to community leadership since it was founded as a small Florida boutique in 1983. Chico’s unique and sophisticated quality apparel, coupled with exceptional service, is delivered with a deep appreciation of their customers. David Dyer, president and CEO of Chico’sFAS, said, “The fight against cancer is something that touches everyone, and Chico’s is very proud to support Sylvester’s groundbreaking work on that front.”

For more information and to purchase tickets ($125 each), contact Katie Repici at  krepici@med.miami.edu or 305-243-9088, or click here to register online.




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Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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All Pinked Out: Zeta Tau Alpha Battles Breast Cancer

From a Survivors Celebration to T-shirt sales benefiting cancer research, the UM chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha kicked off Think Pink Week on the Coral Gables campus.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 8, 2014) – The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha had always organized and participated in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, passing out pink ribbons, collecting yogurt lids as part of Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, and donning running shoes and shorts for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. But this year they ramped up their efforts by bringing to the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus some of the many survivors who have conquered a disease that is the most common form of cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Teaming up with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UM chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha hosted a Survivors Celebration Tuesday as part of its Think Pink Week of activities. Wearing T-shirts that read “Think Pink,” survivors joined ZTA sisters on the Foote Green to form a human pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“We have so many sisters who have been directly impacted by this disease,” said Laura Zebib, director of philanthropy for the UM chapter of the women’s fraternity that has made breast cancer awareness its key focus. “Education is really the key to prevention, especially in young women.”

To that end, breast cancer survivors Lainey Kieffer, a UM family nurse practitioner, and author Paula Holland Delong spoke, respectively, about early diagnosis in college-age women and life after breast cancer.

As part of ZTA’s Think Pink Week, the fraternity also spearheaded efforts to turn UM into a pinked-out campus with the Coral Gables campus’s iconic fountains illuminated in pink, tree trunks festooned with pink ribbons, and pink-lit signage—all of which will remain through October.

In addition, ZTA is selling T-shirts and $20 tickets to the October 21 Miami Heat game against the Houston Rockets, with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education through the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.


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Dolphins Cycling Challenge V to Include First 5K Run/Walk

DCC-LogoFor the first time since its inception, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will include a 5K run/walk, providing something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The run/walk will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.

The University is once again honored to partner with the Miami Dolphins for the DCC, which has raised more than $7 million for groundbreaking research and patient care at Sylvester. These funds have helped build programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless cancer patients across South Florida.

Now in its fifth year, the DCC has permanently moved to a new time slot—the weekend after the Super Bowl, which places DCC V on February 7 and 8. Bicyclists can choose various skill levels and routes through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, including 13 miles over one day and up to 170 miles over two days.

The University of Miami will pay half the registration fees—$75 for riders, $25 fee for runners/walkers—for UM faculty and staff who register as part of Team UM Sylvester, led by Jerry Goodwin, Sylvester’s chief medical officer. (This offer does not apply if you register under another team.)

If you are interested in taking advantage of the special offer, please send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number to receive registration instructions.

For more information and to register for the new 5K Run/Walk, which will finish on the field of Sun Life Stadium, similar to the DCC ride, email ridedcc@miami.edu.

If you are interested in serving as a “block captain” for your department to help recruit and engage the UM community, family, and friends in the DCC, please email ridedcc@miami.edu. With your help, UM hopes to increase overall participation and surpass last year’s outstanding achievement.

Special prizes and opportunities showcasing individual department logos will be available to captains and their respective departments.

Don’t want to ride, walk or run? Volunteer! Volunteers are wanted and needed during the two-day ride. You can also volunteer at Survivors Day at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, or as a nurse volunteer as part of the medic units over the two-day ride. Email ridedcc@miami.edu to learn more.

Help South Florida establish a world-renowned cancer center, and sign up now to volunteer for or ride, walk, or run in the DCC V with Team UM Sylvester. Show our community that we are committed in many ways to fighting for a cure for cancer.


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Join the Survivor Celebration and Aerial Photo October 7 for Think Pink Week

Join Zeta Tau Alpha and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as they partner for Think Pink Week with a Survivor Celebration on Tuesday, October 7. To kick off the event, attendees are invited to form a breast cancer ribbon on the Foote Green for an aerial photo at 5:30 p.m. Following the photo, attendees are invited to the Student Activities Center Lakeside Stage for the unveiling of the “pinked out” campus and a ceremony featuring guest speakers, photo opportunities with a Miami Heat championship trophy, a recognition for survivors, and an appearance from Sebastian the Ibis.

The celebration will continue with guest speakers, including cancer survivor Lainey Kieffer and author Paula Holland Delong. Kieffer will discuss how she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 and the importance for women ages 18 to 25 to perform regular breast self-exams. Delong is a breast cancer survivor, life coach, and award-winning author who advocates for “living what matters now rather than later.” Pink shirts will be available for the event for a donation of $15. Food and beverages also will be served. For more information please contact umiamiztaphilanthropy@gmail.com.


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