UF Health faculty and staff shared their expertise on cancer awareness and brain tumor education during a UF Health Wellness University event, titled “Unraveling the Mysteries of Cancer,” on Friday, May 5 at The Brownwood Hotel in The Villages.
The event drew about 80 participants, many of whom had personal experiences with brain tumors. Attendees learned about the latest in preventing and treating cancer, as well as malignant and non-malignant brain tumors. The event aimed to provide attendees with a better understanding of cancer prevention, treatment, side effect management and strategies to improve quality of life and survivorship. Additionally, the event featured discussions about opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials and contribute to ongoing research efforts.
The event included presentations by UF Health Cancer Center members Bently Doonan, M.D., an assistant professor in the department of hematology and oncology in the UF College of Medicine, Ashley Ghiaseddin, M.D., an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery, and Maryam Rahman, M.D., an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery. All three are members of the Cancer Center’s Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response research program.
Jennifer St. Clair, LCSW, OSW-C, a clinical case manager in the department of neurosurgery, and Irene Estores, M.D., an associate professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the Integrative Medicine Program, also gave presentations.