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Eating well, ovarian cancer and kidney health all part of VCU Health’s March Lewis Ginter series

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By Leha Byrd
University Public Affairs
804-828-7028

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

VCU Health will continue its series of educational seminars on current health care topics in March. The following seminars are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Kelly Education Center, 1800 Lakeside Ave. All seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Register online at vcuhealth.org/events or call (804) 628-0041 for more information.

Wednesday, March 8

Genetics of Ovarian Cancer: Know Your Risk”

Ovarian cancer is the most difficult of the gynecologic malignancies to manage, and screening strategies can be disappointing. However, advances in genetics offer women preventative options, and better treatments against the disease. Join Sarah Temkin, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, to learn how women at high risk for ovarian cancer can potentially be identified for preventative measures. Temkin will also discuss how identifying genetic carriers now makes ovarian cancer patients eligible for new targeted treatments.

Tuesday, March 21

“The ABCs of Kidney Transplantation: Discover Your Options”

Anne King, M.D., transplant nephrologist at VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center, will discuss the latest transplant options for people with end-stage renal disease. King will also define individual requirements for kidney transplantation and explain the process from the first evaluation through listing, the transplant surgery itself and life post-surgery. She will also discuss the immune response and use of medications to manage health after transplant surgery.

Tuesday, March 28

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”

The number of people with diabetes in the United States is rising. Eating right can help control or even reverse diabetes. A diet rich in non-starchy vegetables, lean proteins and increased fiber can positively impact weight and blood glucose levels. Whether diagnosed with diabetes or interested in learning about diabetes-friendly nutrition, join Susan Choe, M.D., in a discussion about how food choices and meal planning can have a meaningful impact on overall health.