Living with Cancer symposium

The annual symposium May 15 will provide help and support for cancer patients and survivors.

beat study 3The Robert E. Reed GI Oncology Research Foundation and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center are sponsoring a second annual Living with Cancer symposium Monday, May 15, from 1-4 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House, 1301 10th Ave. South in Birmingham.

Guest speakers will provide informed strategies for improving the health and well-being of cancer survivors. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Speakers and topics include:

Family Communication: Build awareness and understanding of the importance of need-specific communications between all groups — families, surgeons, hospital personnel; Marty Heslin M.D., executive vice-chair in the UAB Department of Surgery and chief of medical staff at UAB Hospital

Coordinated Cancer Care/Navigators: Explain the impact of cancer navigation programs on access, disparity, utilization and patient-level outcomes; Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., director of the UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Outpatient Clinic

Frailty and Sarcopenia: Provide awareness about the implications of frailty on cancer patients and how to improve the condition; Sushanth Reddy, M.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology

Exercise and Diet: Help patients understand the importance of a healthy diet and current exercise recommendations; Laura Q. Rogers, M.D., MPH, professor in UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences

Diet Supplements: Describe the importance of dietary supplements in the oncology setting and help patients choose a safe supplement; Carolina Salvador, M.D., director of the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic

CME credits will be available to health care professionals. Register for the event at

  • May 15