Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Loyola GI Oncology Center to Host Free Dinner, Provide Latest Information on Colorectal Cancer

Medical experts will answer questions on causes, prevention, nutrition, genetics, treatments

To coincide with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the GI Oncology Center at Loyola University Medical Center will host a free event to share the most up-to-date information on the disease that is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. A panel of Loyola oncology experts will share information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. Loyola Dinner will be provided. Panel members will include:

• Dr. John Affronti, professor, department of medicine, division of gastroenterology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. • Lauren Bowling, MS, CGC, genetic counselor, Loyola • Dr. Kenneth Micetich, professor, department of medicine, hematology/oncology, Stritch School of Medicine • Dr. Suneel Nagda, assistant professor, department of medicine, radiation oncology, Stritch School of Medicine • Dr. Margo Shoup, assistant professor, surgical oncology, Stritch School of Medicine. • Dr. Michelle Slogoff, assistant professor, general surgery, Stritch School of Medicine • Sheryl Svoboda, RD, LD, CNSD – dietician, Loyola • Kelly White, RN, BSN, OCN, Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic coordinator, Loyola

The event takes place from 5-8:15 p.m., on Tuesday, March 18 at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Oak brook, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak brook. Check in begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and the program will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call (888) LUHS-888 or visit Loyola’s Web site at www.luhs.org/register. Space is limited to 100 people.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.