Holy Cross Cancer Blog

Free Smoking Cessation Seminar: June 13

  • Posted Apr 06, 2016
  • hchadmin

Holy Cross Hospital is hosting a smoking cessation seminar on June 13 from 6 to 8 pm in the Zachariah Family Wellness Pavilion. The free 2-hour session will provide you with the tools you'll need to establish your own quit plan. To register, call 954-262-1580. 


Zachariah Family Wellness Pavilion
4725 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308
United States
26° 11' 10.5324" N, 80° 7' 12.4068" W

I Can Cope Seminar: April 16

  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
  • hchadmin


Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center
4725 N. Federal Highway 2nd Floor Lobby, Cancer Center
United States
26° 11' 10.5324" N, 80° 7' 12.4068" W

Please join us at our Spring 2016 “I Can Cope” Program in collaboration with the American Cancer Society on April 16, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"I Can Cope" is a structured educational program for adults living with cancer and their families, caregivers, and friends, which is offered in the Spring and Fall annually. This program is free and is facilitated by licensed healthcare professionals. Each class covers specific and relevant topics to aid in the cancer journey of our participants. While we offer an all-day format covering a combination of the following classes, we recognize that some patients may not be able to attend the whole program, so we encourage our participants  to stay as long as they can during the day-long program.  

Topics include:

  • Learning About Cancer
  • Understanding Cancer Treatments
  • Communicating Concerns and Feelings
  • Managing the Effects of Illness and Treatment
  • Keeping Well in Mind and Body
  • Nutrition During & After Cancer Treatment
  • Exploring Self-Esteem and Intimacy
  • Taking Charge of Money Matters
  • Mobilizing Resources and Support
  • Relieving Cancer Pain
  • Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue
  • Celebrating Life

To register, please call 954-267-7770.


10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

  • Posted Mar 04, 2016
  • hchadmin

The beginning of the year is a time when many people vow to make diet and lifestyle changes for a healthier future.  The American Institute of Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund have a list of 10 achievable recommendations for cancer prevention.  

Review the list and see what steps you can add to fight off cancer!

1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight. 

2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.

3. Avoid sugary drinks.  Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.

4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.

5. Limit consumption of red meats (like beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.

6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.

7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).

8. Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer.

9. If you are the mother of an infant, is best to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.

10. If you are a cancer survivor, you should also follow the recommendations for cancer prevention. 

And always remember — do not smoke or chew tobacco.

- Compiled by Kelly Kugler, Clinical Dietitian, Holy Cross Medical Group, Medical Oncology, Michael and Diane Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Source: http://www.aicr.org/research/research_science_expert_report.html


On Feb 25, Learn how to Navigate the Supermarket for Cancer Patients

  • Posted Feb 02, 2016
  • hchadmin

Join Registered Dietitian Kelly Kugler on February 25 for "Navigating the Supermarket: How to Shop Healthy During and After Cancer Treatment."

Topics to be covered include:

•How to prepare for your shopping trip
•Staple foods to have on hand
•What to look for on labels
•How to avoid temptation in the store
The tour will start at 6 pm and last approximately 1 hour at Publix in the North Ridge Shopping Center,
1003 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334.

Space is limited. Please reserve your place by contacting Kelly Kugler, RD, at 954-771-8000 ext 1528.


Holy Cross' Dr. Omar Rashid on ACS Florida Chapter Webinar on 2/1/16

  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
  • hchadmin

The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons will be hosting a webinar on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 5:00-6:00 pm EST. We would like to invite you to join the online presentation on "Reasons for Non-Compliance with CoC Quality Metrics". Omar M. Rashid, MD, JD, will discuss the origins of the mandatory publicly reported accountability measures, the results of a 5-year experience at a tertiary cancer care center, and the strengths and weaknesses of these metrics.

Dr. Rashid will help attendees understand the pitfalls of coding and the reasons for non-adherence, with the goal of improving compliance. So please join us on Monday, February 1 from 5:00-6:00 PM EST and earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Please click here to register.

Omar Rashid MD JD
Omar Rashid, MD, JD
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Holy Cross Hospital Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL  

Winter Oncology Symposium: January 23

  • Posted Jan 05, 2016
  • Christine Walker

Holy Cross Hospital, together with the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, presents a Winter Oncology Symposium.Join us as we explore benign and malignant hematology, head and neck cancer, neuro-oncology and melanoma with specialists from the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center and the Holy Cross Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This is a CME event geared toward healthcare professionals. For more information and to register for this FREE symposium, call 954-351-7833 or RSVP Online. (Not compatible with Internet Explorer 8. Use Google Chrome browser for best results.)

Free I Can Cope Fall Seminar: November 14, 2015

  • Posted Nov 10, 2015
  • hchadmin

I Can Cope

Registration required. Please call 954-267-7770  
Location: Bienes Cancer Center 2nd Floor (Free breakfast and lunch provided)      

8:30 a .m. - 8:45 a.m.        
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.. - 9:00a.m.          
Welcome & Opening Prayer: Christina Austin-Valere, PhD, LCSW                                            

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.          
Understanding Cancer Treatment: Dr. Daniel Dammrich

9:45 a.m.—10:15 a.m.
Understanding Cancer Treatment: Radiation Therapy: Dr. Lav Goyal                   

10:15 a.m.. - 10:30 a.m.      

10:30 a.m.. - 11:15 a.m.      
Communicating Concerns and Feelings: Alexander Kushch, PhD                                

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Managing the Side Effects of Illness and Treatment: Eileen Georgi, RN, BSN, MSN, OCN

12:00p.m. - 12:30p.m.
Lunch & Survivor Story: Paula Holland de Long, Cancer Survivor & Author

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Clinical Trials: Luke Beeler, Pharm. D.

1:00 p.m.—1:45 p.m.
Keeping Well In Mind & Body Part I: Kelly Kugler, RD

1:45 p.m.  - 2:15 p.m.    
Mobilizing Resources and Support: Marlene Madia, LCSW                                                                                                                                                                
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Keeping Well In Mind & Body Part II: Integrative Medicine

3:00p.m. - 3:15p.m.
Evaluations & Celebration





Below is a commentary from Maureen G. Mann, MS, MBA, FACHE, Executive Director of the Michael and Dianne Bienes Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, urging lawmakers to oppose House Bill 169. 

"...I am a very involved volunteer with the American Cancer Society...so this particular bill causes me great concern. Please see the notes below and VOTE NO when this bill comes to the floor...

Oppose House Bill 169
Nicotine Products & Nicotine Dispensing Device

Originally, the intent of HB 169 was to prohibit the sale of nicotine products and nicotine dispensing devices (e-cigarettes) to minors. However, added amendment language would strip local governments of their ability to regulate all tobacco products and e-cigarettes, overturn existing ordinances, and block future opportunities to protect kids in the retail environment. For example, many of the product placement ordinances we currently have in Florida go beyond the minimum standards set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring that ALL tobacco products are placed behind the counter at retail stores, not just cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. With the preemption language, the bill now does more harm than good in the fight to keep Florida’s children tobacco free.

Key Points
Many of the ordinances we currently have in Florida deal with product placement, requiring that all tobacco, not just cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, are placed behind the counter at retail stores. They are stronger than the minimum standards required by the FDA and are all meant to keep tobacco
products out of the hands of children.

In-store tobacco displays serve to increase product availability, visibility and brand awareness and stimulate trial and purchase of products.1 Product placement laws limit youth access to tobacco via illegal sales and shoplifting.
Proponents for preemption claim that we need a uniform state law that covers all businesses rather than a patchwork of local ordinances. The fact is retailers are used to complying with a variety of local laws, including zoning, traffic restrictions, health regulations and even alcohol sales. Tobacco regulations
are no different than other regulations that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.        
Local governments are more flexible and responsive than state government in effectively dealing with emerging problems and finding innovative solutions. Local governments are closer to the community and have been more effective than the state or federal government in addressing the problem of
tobacco use.

My Position
State laws should serve as a minimum standard for a policy objective while allowing communities to enact stronger ordinances to protect their youth and residents in the most appropriate manner. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our partners ask that you oppose HB 169 and prevent the dismantlement of effective local tobacco ordinances around the state."


About the Center

The Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the Cancer Care Leader in Broward County. Dedicated to providing patients with precise diagnosis, the latest and most advanced treatment and aftercare options, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to care, a compassionate and spiritual healing environment, and an affiliation with the National Cancer Institute. We are also working together with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to provide South Florida residents with rapid access to specialized cancer care and genetics counseling.

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