Learn from our Cancer Experts

In honor of October as being the breast cancer awareness month, on October 10, 2018, we were excited to have Dr. Mitva Patel as our presenter. Dr. Patel focused on different types of x-ray tests used to help screen and diagnose breast cancer.

On March 28, 2018, CancerBridge presented another educational webinar, focusing on Colon Cancer: Prevention, Screening and Community Health Disparities with Darrell M. Gray, ll, MD, MPH. Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed in both men and women. However, it is largely preventable with screening and curable when detected early. In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Darrell M. Gray II, MD, MPH, will take the stigma out of colorectal cancer screening and will discuss colon cancer health disparities. Dr. Gray, is a gastroenterologist at The Ohio State University specializing in the evaluation, management and prevention of diseases involving the digestive tract and is passionate about public health and health policy as it relates to colorectal cancer. His research focuses on identifying and developing solutions for health disparities in the colorectal cancer care continuum from prevention to survivorship. Dr. Gray serves as an assistant professor of medicine, director of Community Engagement and Equity in Digestive Health, medical director of Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services at University Hospital East and deputy director at the Center for Cancer Health Equity at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

On January 16, 2018 CancerBridge presented another educational webinar, focusing on the relationship between Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Gynecologic Cancers. In recognition of “National Cervical Health Awareness Month,” Floor Backes, MD, will address the connection between HPV and cervical cancer as well as the importance of the HPV vaccine in cancer prevention. She will also discuss strategies for how to discuss HPV with your children.

 

Dr. Backes is an associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James. Her research focuses on reducing the incidence, mortality and morbidity of gynecologic cancers. In addition to being widely published, she is also rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017 and listed on the 2017 National Best Doctors List.

On November 16, 2017, CancerBridge presented an educational webinar focusing on the Effects of E-cigarettes and Vaping on Lung Cancer with Peter Shields, MD. Recognizing that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Shields will discuss the risk factors associated with electronic cigarettes and vaping on lung cancer, the strategies parents can use to talk about smoking with their kids, and the strategies for discontinuing or modifying the use of e-cigs. 

Dr. Shields is a medical oncologist at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer. He is also the deputy director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. He oversees the scientific research programs and research infrastructure of the OSUCCC – James that includes more than 300 cancer researchers and their teams from 12 of Ohio State’s 15 colleges.

On September 26, 2017, CancerBridge presented an educational webinar focusing on the Options for the treatment of newly diagnosed prostate cancer with Dr. Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD.  Recognizing that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Clinton will highlight the latest treatment options and active surveillance of this disease. Dr. Clinton is a physician-scientist who divides his effort between clinical care and research. He serves as the director of the Genitourinary Oncology program for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) and manages the renowned Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.  

On June 23, 2017, CancerBridge presented a webinar focusing on the Latest in Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Treatment with Dr. David Carr. Heading  into the summer months, skin cancer prevention should be at the forefront of our minds. This webinar is designed to educate about skin cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment options.

On Thursday, January 26th, 2017 CancerBridge offered our employees Cancer Caregiving: Support and Resources, presented by Annie Trance, MSW, LISW-S and Michelle Wunsch, MSN, RN, ACM.  Caregiving can be a rewarding and meaningful experience. It can also impact daily life and present many new challenges leaving caregivers feeling unprepared. Caregivers are often dealing with new information, navigating the healthcare system and helping to make difficult decisions about treatment and care. Still, the juggling act of maintaining normal daily routines, work and family roles remain.   In this presentation, we will discuss the basics of what it means to be a caregiver to someone facing cancer. Topics include common issues that caregivers encounter and tips and resources to help ease the role of caregiving.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 20th, 2016, CancerBridge presented Dense Breast Tissue: Impact on Detection and Prevention, with Dr. Amy Kerger, D.O., and breast radiologist. She spoke  about dense breast tissue and the role it plays in cancer detection and prevention.Dr. Kerger is a breast radiologist with the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, an outpatient care facility of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

On July 20, 2016, CancerBridge presented another educational webinar, The Latest in Skin Cancer Research, with Dr. Christin Burd, PhD, molecular genetics. Dr. Burd received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at The Ohio State University. Holding appointments in both the undergraduate college and medical school, Dr. Burd’s research is technically diverse, ranging from cell biology and biochemistry to clinical trials. Ongoing efforts in her lab are focused on understanding the molecular processes that go awry in cancer and other age-related diseases.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 CancerBridge presented Genetics and Cancer. Heather Hampel, MS, CGC, a cancer genetic counselor discussed the role of genetics in cancer. Hampel is the associate director of biospecimen research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Hampel’s clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to individuals and families with a history of cancer, a task that includes extensive documentation of cancers in the family, risk assessment, screening recommendations and genetic testing. Her research interests include screening all colorectal and endometrial (uterine) cancer patients for Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that predisposes families to multiple cancers.

On October 1, 2015, CancerBridge presented our second educational webinar, Nutrition and Cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that at least 35 percent of all cancers have a nutritional connection. Anna Beery, MS, RD, LD, a cancer-specialized clinical dietitian at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, discussed the value of food in cancer prevention and survivorship. 

On February 3, 2016 Dr. Cassandra Grenade, MD, a medical oncologist at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, discussed the recommended screenings for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer, and answered questions our employees had about cancer screening and prevention. Cancer screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when options for treatment and cure are best.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) predicts one in two men and one of three women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. With these statistics cancer undoubtably will have an impact on your life. In this first CancerBridge webinar you will hear from Joseph Flynn, DO, MPH, associate physician-in-chief and co-director of the Division of Hematology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Dr. Flynn will debunk the myths about cancer and will expand your understanding of cancer by breaking down the terminology, the research and clinical lingo and the overall cancer experience.