Those who have a family history of cancer or who are interested in learning about the link between genes and cancer are welcomed to attend, “Genes and Cancer: The New Frontier,” an informative lecture and discussion. The free symposium will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake. To register, call 877-CENTEGRA.”Participants will learn how the new frontier of genetics can tell us more about individual cancer risks, effective treatments and outcomes,” said. Dr. Michael Soble, an independent oncologist and hematologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System.Soble will join independent radiation oncologists Dr. Terrence Bugno and Dr. Geoffrey Smoron for this informative lecture, which will also allow time for questions and answers. Shelly Galasinski, a licensed genetic counselor with Centegra Health System, also will be present to answer questions about the Centegra Cancer Genetic Counseling Program.”Our program uses comprehensive genetic evaluation, testing, education and counseling to provide individuals and their families a better understanding of their cancer risks,” Galasinski said.”These consultations help people make more informed medical decisions,” she added.Additionally, community members have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Centegra Health System and the American Cancer Society are partnering to recruit men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). To participate in the study, individuals must first go to www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/mchenryil to schedule an enrollment appointment. Limited appointment dates are available. They are:
- 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock
- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry
For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.Centegra Hospital-McHenry is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, all the Centegra Sage Cancer Center nurses are oncology certified. Patients needing additional follow-up may be referred to Centegra’s conveniently located medical imaging departments for various state-of-the-art, diagnostic exams including ultrasounds, MRIs and PET/CTs.Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).