UA Cancer Center Teams up With Tucson Jewish Community Center to Deliver Four-Part Cancer Education Series

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is partnering with the Tucson Jewish Community Center (the Tucson J) to deliver a free four-part educational series on cancer beginning in early February.

Cancer directly impacts 1 out of every 3 people. Science and technology have transformed the fight against cancer since then-President Richard Nixon called for a War on Cancer by signing the National Cancer Act of 1971. Now there is a renewed effort to push the boundaries of medicine in a search for a cure with President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot.

From precision medicine, to novel drug development, to the new frontiers of immunology, researchers and clinicians from the UA Cancer Center and Banner – University Medical Center will discuss the state of cancer research and its impact on the newest and most promising cancer-fighting treatments moving into the clinic.

The “Bear Down. Beat Cancer” series, which is open to the public, will focus on trends in research and clinical care involving such topics as breast cancer, head and neck cancer, translational science and diet.

The lectures will be held the first Thursday of each month, February through May, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tucson J, 3800 E. River Rd., Tucson. The 45-minute lectures will be followed by time for questions and answers.

Feb. 2 - From Bench to Bedside: Translating Cancer Research into Clinical Patient Care, Andrew S. Kraft, MD, Sydney E. Salmon Endowed Chair and director, UA Cancer Center; associate vice president for oncology programs, University of Arizona Health Sciences; senior associate dean for translational research, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

March 2 - Head and Neck Cancer: The Emerging Epidemic, Julie Bauman, MD, MPH, associate director, translational research, UA Cancer Center

April 6 - Diet and Cancer: What's a Person to Eat?, Cyndi Thomson, PhD, RD, associate director, cancer prevention and control, UA Cancer Center


May 4 – Breast Cancer Research and Patient Care, Joyce Schroeder, PhD, head, Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Initiative, and professor, molecular and cellular biology, UA Cancer Center

For more information about the lecture series, contact the Tucson J, 520-299-3000, or visit

About the University of Arizona Cancer Center

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona. The UA Cancer Center is supported by NCI Cancer Center Support Grant No.  P30CA023074. With primary locations at the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medical Center in Tucson and at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the UA Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state, with more than 300 physicians and scientists working together to prevent and cure cancer. For more information:

About the Tucson Jewish Community Center

Tucson JCC (the Tucson J) employs more than 200 people on its 110,000-square-foot campus. For more than 60 years the Tucson J has been open to all and provides a warm and welcoming environment for various groups from the entire community. There are boundless opportunities to balance your physical, mental and emotional self. The J has something for everyone including a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, adult and youth recreation leagues, tennis, aquatics, early childhood education enrichment programs, afterschool J-Care, summer and winter Camp J, a wide variety of adult classes and cultural arts programs, and a sculpture garden and rotating art gallery showcasing the work of local and national artists. The J also is a catering and event rental facility. The Tucson J is located at 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, Ariz., 85718. Phone: 520-299-3000, 520-529 0373. Website:

About the UA Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn)

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