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Each month we speak with a wide variety of experts on behalf of pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. Discover information, advice and tips on mental health, nutrition, exercise, research and much more by tuning in!

Full video episodes are available here: https://rolfefoundation.org/get-involved/events-programs/wellness-wednesday-3/

Wellness Wednesday with Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

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Each month we speak with a wide variety of experts on behalf of pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. Discover information, advice and tips on mental health, nutrition, exercise, research and much more by tuning in!

Full video episodes are available here: https://rolfefoundation.org/get-involved/events-programs/wellness-wednesday-3/

    *Voices of Rolfe Special with Five-Year Survivor, Aaron Colwell*

    *Voices of Rolfe Special with Five-Year Survivor, Aaron Colwell*

    This World Pancreatic Cancer Day we want to share a story of hope. Listen as Rolfe Foundation board member Aaron Colwell tells his story of disbelief and determination, struggles and strength as he recognizes the five-year anniversary of his diagnosis.

    A candid look into a difficult time, Aaron speaks of his diagnosis, discussions with doctors, the effect it had on his family, the multitude of emotions he felt and so much more.

    To learn more about Rolfe Foundation visit: rolfefoundation.org

    To access more free resources, visit the Rolfe Foundation YouTube channel

    • 39 min
    Advances in Surgical & Medical Options for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Talamonti & Dr. Hogg from NorthShore University HealthSystem

    Advances in Surgical & Medical Options for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Talamonti & Dr. Hogg from NorthShore University HealthSystem

    In recognition of World Pancreatic Awareness Month, November’s edition of Wellness Wednesday will focus on the latest surgical and medical approaches in sequencing therapy and newest research protocols for treating pancreatic cancer.     

    Drs. Melissa Hogg and Mark Talamonti, leaders in multi-modality care and clinical trials will discuss and showcase groundbreaking videos of robotic pancreatic surgery, a minimally invasive approach. Dr. Hogg and Dr. Talamonti will also highlight new data from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, discussing:    

    – Treatment options for an inoperable disease.    

    – New laparoscopic approaches to pancreatectomy.    

    – Efforts to better understand surgical complications to improve outcomes.    

    Featuring:  

    Mark S. Talamonti, MD Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem   

    Melissa E. Hogg, MD MS, Director of HPB Surgery at Northshore University HealthSystem and Director of Advanced Robotic Training for the Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation

    To download slides: https://rolfefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Pancreas-Research-Program.pptx

    For more information about pancreatic cancer for patients and families: https://rolfefoundation.org/

    For more resources for cancer patients and caregivers visit: https://www.cancerwellness.org

    Watch the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLoombzmqb2Lv2aZkIxByMhkpOXWKXHiE

    #PancreaticCancer #NorthShore #UniversityOfChicago

    • 1 hr 36 min
    The Cancer-Fighting Diet: The Truth About Sugar with Christine Rosandich from The Cancer Support Center

    The Cancer-Fighting Diet: The Truth About Sugar with Christine Rosandich from The Cancer Support Center

    Join us as we discuss a “cancer-fighting diet,” and explore how you can minimize your risk, without giving up sugar entirely. Join Christine Rosandich, Nutrition and Wellness Manager at the Cancer Support Center as she covers:   

    - What is a “cancer-fighting diet”  

    - Which foods to eat, and which to avoid  

    - How much sugar is too much sugar  

    - Best practices for reducing sugar intake 



    A special thanks to our Wellness Wednesday partner, Wolverine Execution Services, and the Bellick family.  

    To download slides: https://rolfefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Rolfe-Pancreatic-Cancer-Foundation-A-Cancer-Fighting-Diet-The-Truth-About-Sugar-FINAL.pdf 

    For more information about pancreatic cancer for patients and families: https://rolfefoundation.org/ 

    For more resources for cancer patients and caregivers visit: https://www.cancersupportcenter.org/ 

    Watch the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLoombzmqb2Lv2aZkIxByMhkpOXWKXHiE

    #PancreaticCancer #CancerDiet

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Role of Family History in Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Alison Klein from Johns Hopkins

    The Role of Family History in Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Alison Klein from Johns Hopkins

    While pancreatic cancer is rare, roughly 80% of pancreatic cancers are not diagnosed until they have spread. This is why pancreatic cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. Alison Klein, M.H.S, Ph.D., Director of National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry at Johns Hopkins is working to change these statistics and determine options to stop the cancer.  

    Join us in a conversation with Alison where she’ll discuss the path to pancreatic cancer, including: 

    • Identifying key genetic clues 

    • Why tracking family history matters 

    • The difference between inherited genetics and acquired genetics 

    • The importance of looking at lifestyle factors and high-risk populations 

    About the Speaker  

    Dr. Alison P. Klein is Director of the National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry. She is a Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology with a joint appointment at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research focus is to identify the genes and environmental factors that cause pancreatic cancer and translate these findings into improved patient care and risk assessment.  

    A special thanks to our Wellness Wednesday partner, Wolverine Execution Services and the Bellick family.  

    To view full video episodes, head to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLoombzmqb2Lv2aZkIxByMhkpOXWKXHiE

    To download slides: https://rolfefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/WW-Sept-Slides-V2.pdf 

    For more information about pancreatic cancer for patients and families: https://rolfefoundation.org/ 

    For more information about the National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry at Johns Hopkins: https://nfptr.org/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Experiencing Grief: You're Not Alone

    Experiencing Grief: You're Not Alone

    When it comes to grief, there isn’t one path to follow. Grief evolves. It ebbs and flows and can hit us when we least expect it. And while the thought of outrunning grief may sound good, learning how to navigate the feelings associated with grief will better serve us in the long run.   

    Join Rolfe and Cancer Wellness Center in this candid discussion of an all-too-often taboo subject, where we shared:   

    - Ways grief may appear in our lives (and how it differs in each of us)   

    - Stages of Grief: diagnosis, treatment, end of life, loss   

    - Practical approaches to managing grief   

    - How you can carry on when grief remains with you

    About the speakers:

    Mary F. Mulcahy, MD is a practicing medical oncologist with more than ten years experience in caring for patients and families with terminal illness. She is a sought-after speaker providing education to medical providers, advocacy groups, and patients. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology-Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, completed her residency at Boston University and her fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has expertise in the treatment of pancreatic biliary, esophageal, and liver cancers. She is experienced in liver-directed therapy for primary and metastatic liver tumors.

    Celeste Gallati is a member of the Life Matters Media Board of Directors. Celeste has two decades of experience in the financial services industry serving in various human resources and project management roles. She holds an MBA and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has completed the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations Certificate Program at Northwestern School of Professional Studies. In addition, she is a Respecting Choices certified advance care planning facilitator. After being widowed at 35 and serving as a caregiver for her mother who had dementia, Gallati understands the importance of having end-of-life discussions with loved ones and is passionate about helping others have these vital conversations.    

    Priscilla Andrews, MA, LCPC, Clinical Manager joined Cancer Wellness Center’s clinical staff in 2007. She holds an MA in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has completed post-graduate training in polyvagal theory and emotionally-focused therapy.  In addition to working with people through the Counseling Program, she also facilitates the monthly Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. Her areas of interest include survivorship issues, building motivation for behavior changes, recovery from trauma, and couples work.

    Find the full video episode and all other Wellness Wednesday episodes on our YouTube playlist HERE. 

    Find more information and resources for pancreatic cancer patients at rolfefoundation.org 

    Find more information and resources from Cancer Wellness Center at cancerwellness.org

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Genetic Counseling vs. Genetic Testing with Dena Goldberg, CGC

    Genetic Counseling vs. Genetic Testing with Dena Goldberg, CGC

    Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded by messages to uncover our family’s history or genetic code. Finding out your lineage and potential hereditary conditions seems as easy as typing a few strokes on a keypad. And while it may be fun to discover that your great-grandmother was a trailblazer, not all information is as it appears. It’s important to understand what the at-home genetics tests are really telling you, and more importantly, what are they missing?

    Join us as we welcome back Dena Goldberg, Genetic Counselor and Founder of DenaDNA as she shares:

    - The difference between genetic counseling and genetic testing

    - Why at-home testing kits are not medical tests

    - How to best determine your risk for pancreatic cancer and other diseases

    - What proactive measures you can take to protect your health

    About our guest speaker:

    Dena Goldberg is a licensed and board-certified Genetic Counselor. She was the Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Counselor of Hereditary GI Cancer Prevention at the University of California, San Francisco, where she specialized in gastrointestinal cancer, polyposis, and pancreatitis syndromes. Dena was also part of the UC Pancreas Consortium and is a member of the Collaborative group of the Americas for Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancers (CGA-IGC). 

    Dena recently left her clinical role to work full-time on DenaDNA to spread awareness of medical genetics through media and marketing techniques not typically used by the medical community.



    Find the full video episode and all other Wellness Wednesday episodes on our YouTube playlist HERE.

    Find more information and resources for pancreatic cancer patients at rolfefoundation.org

    Find more information and resources from Dena Goldberg at denadna.com

    • 56 min

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