Check out these 3 Banner—UMC events this July

Brandi Walker | The Daily Wildcat

A view of Banner University Medical Center on Dec. 20, 2015 in Tucson. Banner is hosting several events that are free for the public during the month of July including a diabetes and wellness fair and a presentation about cancer clinical trials. 

July is a big month for outreach at Banner–University Medical Center as free presentations and a wellness fair will be happening during the month. Here’s what you need to know to take part in these events.

July 17, Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Cancer presentation

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. UA Cancer Center – North Campus, 3838 N. Campbell Ave.


This free to the public event is a being given by several professionals, from doctors to professors discussing slow growing cancerous tumors and cancers that form from the endocrine and nervous system cells. The presentation is sponsored by the UA Cancer Center, Arizona Cacinoid and Neuroendorcine Foundation and Banner–University Medical Center.

Speakers include Yi-Zarn Wang, professor of surgery at Louisiana State University and member of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at Ochsner Medical Center in Louisiana, Marian Porubsky, assistant professor of surgery at Banner–University Medical Center and Michelle Bratton, a dietitian at the UA Cancer Center and certified specialist of oncology nutrition.

While the event is free, reservations are encouraged and can be made by contacting the Arizona Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Foundation on their website or by calling them at (520) 762-6757.

July 20, Diabetes and Wellness Fair

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Diabetes Prevention an Education Center, 3950 S. Country Club Rd.

The free diabetes and wellness fair, sponsored by Banner–UMC and the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the UA Department of Medicine,  is open to everyone in the community. There will be cooking demonstrations, various other vendors, workouts for the workplace and a chance to consult with dietitians. Tours of the Diabetes Prevention and Education Center will also be given during the fair.

The YMCA will also be providing $10 A1C tests, which measures a person’s blood glucose levels over the past three months. The center itself will be providing diabetes self-management free of charge for people with Type I, Type II, gestational and pre-diabetes.

Diabetes self-management will involve topics of nutrition, wellness, fitness, management for insulin and medication, weight loss and healthy lifestyle support.

During normal operation, the center provides educational sessions in both English and Spanish. A patient wishing to join can self-register or be referred by their primary care physician.

Any questions can be emailed to

July 28, Open House and Presentation on Cancer Clinical Trials

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. UA Cancer Center 3838 N. Campbell Ave.

The UA Cancer Center and Banner—UMC are hosting an open house and public lecture on clinical trials, that is research that involves human subjects.

Daruka Mahadevan, director of Phase I clinical trials and the co-director of Experimental Therapeutics at the Cancer Center will be giving a talk on clinical trials. Dr. Mahadevan will be discussing cancer clinical trials in particular, which are designed to observe how certain anticancer strategies affect patients, attacks cancer and survival rates. Before being widely available, treatments must be proven safe and effective to patients.

No reservations are required to attend, and light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Questions can be emailed to

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