Issue No. 8
September 2014
Prostate Cancer Awareness


This year, about 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the single most common cancer among men in the United States. In fact, about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Most men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer survive the disease.


Early prostate cancer can cause symptoms such as problems passing urine or the need to urinate more often, especially at night. In advanced prostate cancer, one could experience trouble getting an erection (impotence), pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or weakness or numbness in the legs from cancer pressing on the spinal cord.


The chance of having prostate cancer rises after age 50. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in men of other races. African-American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. Having a family member diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age increases a man's risk of developing this disease.

Prostate cancer can be diagnosed early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood or performing a digital rectal exam (DRE), in which the doctor puts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate gland. If certain symptoms - high level of PSA blood test and/or DRE - suggest that you might have prostate cancer, the doctor will do a prostate biopsy to find out. Neither the PSA test nor the DRE is 100% accurate. Some prostate cancers grow so slowly that they may never cause problems. Thus, you and your doctor should decide whether you should have tests to screen for prostate cancer.


Staging helps in the decision of which treatment options an individual may be eligible. There are myriad of treatment options available for the treatment of prostate cancer: active surveillance (watchful waiting), surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, etc. These treatments could be used one at a time or in some cases be combined. If the prostate cancer is localized to the gland (stage T1 or T2 cancers), it could be cured with either removal of the entire prostate gland or utilizing radiation therapy to kill cancer cells. Hormone therapy which suppression of testosterone (which serves as the fuel for the growth of prostate cancer) is one of the cornerstones for the treatment of advanced, and in some cases of locally advanced, prostate cancer. The hormonal therapies are administered in the form of injections and pills. Several newer forms of hormone therapy may be beneficial even when the standard forms of hormone therapy stop working. In addition, chemotherapy and immunotherapy have been proven to prolong life for men with advanced prostate cancer. Recently Xofigo, a medicine which targets the prostate cancer in the bone and slows down the progression of the disease, has been approved by the FDA for use in advanced cases.


In summary:
  1. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the USA.
  2. Older individuals, African-Americans and those with family history are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
  3. Screening tests for prostate cancer are not 100% accurate. Thus you and your doctor should decide whether you should have tests to screen for prostate cancer.
  4. There are myriad of treatment options available for prostate cancer.
  5. Newer forms of hormone therapy are effective (even after the conventional hormone therapy stops working) and are proven to prolong lives.
  6. A combination of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy is more effective in advanced stage prostate cancer (than hormonal therapy alone) if started early in the course of treatment.

Talk to your primary care provider about prostate screening. If you need help finding a primary care provider, call 804-359-WELL(9355) or visit



By Kumar Abhishek, MD 

Bon Secours Cancer Institute Medical Oncology at Memorial Regional

8266 Atlee Road, MOB II, Suite 225
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: 804-764-7220


Source: American Cancer Society

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the ovaries. The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system. They are in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a fetus grows). Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries make eggs and female hormones.


Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer of the female reproductive system.It is hard to find ovarian cancer early. Early ovarian cancer may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do appear, ovarian cancer is often advanced. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include recent, frequent bloating; pain in the belly or pelvis; trouble eating or feeling full quickly; or urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual. These symptoms may be common in women who don't have ovarian cancer.


Preventing Ovarian Cancer

Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may help prevent cancer. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising may also help prevent some cancers.


The following risk factors may be linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer:

  • Family history of ovarian cancer - mother, sister or multiple relatives who have had ovarian cancer
  • Inherited risk - inheritance of certain changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes or genes that are linked to hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC; Lynch syndrome)
  • Hormone replacement therapy - use of estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy after menopause
  • Fertility drugs - use of fertility drugs may be linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer
  • Talc - use of talc power in the genital region
  • Obesity - having too much body fat, especially during the teenage years
  • Height - being taller than 5'8"

 The following protective factors may decrease the risk of ovarian cancer:

  • Oral contraceptives - use of birth control pills
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding - ovulation stops or occurs less often in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and some experts believe that women who ovulate less often have a decreased risk of ovarian cancer
  • Bilateral tubal ligation or hysterectomy - surgery to close both fallopian tubes or surgery to remove the uterus
  • Prophylactic oophorectomy - surgery to remove both ovaries when there are no signs of cancer, often when women have inherited risk

If you are in need of a pelvic exam, are experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer, or want to discuss ways you may lower your risk of cancer, please contact your health care professional. If you need a doctor, Bon Secours Medical Group has specialists in gynecology, gynecologic surgery, and gynecologic oncology to meet all of your ovarian health needs: visit or 804-359-WELL (9355). 



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Physician Spotlight

Jill Zackrisson, MD, NFPMC

13540 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 804-739-6142


Dr. Zackrisson attended The College of William and Mary for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.


Board certification: 

Board certified in family medicine. Fellowship trained in family medicine obstetrics and trained in medical NaProTECHNOLOGY.


What do you enjoy most about being a primary care and obstetrics provider? 

"I have the privilege of practicing medicine across the entire continuum of life as a family physician - from its very earliest stages in utero to birth, childhood, and later, into adulthood. The experience of delivering a baby as a medical student was absolutely transformative for me, and continues to inspire such awe and wonder to this day. What is most gratifying to me is to truly know and learn a patient's "story" over a lifetime, both the triumphs and challenges, and to use that information to help guide my patients toward better health. I am privileged to be present for my patients during some of their most joyful and devastating moments, and I think those moments are so much more relevant when there is a relationship."  


Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System? 

"I think the best care is only possible when the needs of the entire human person are regarded - physical, mental and spiritual. It was important for me to partner with an organization that shares and promotes my vision of providing compassionate care as a ministry by its very nature. What sustains me in my work is my daily goal of incorporating Christ into it."


What do you enjoy outside of your work? 

"I love visiting new places and being a tourist; the destination hardly matters. I will forever be working toward creating a pottery masterpiece, but mostly just enjoy playing with clay and getting my hands dirty. I am a very amateur gardener and enjoy helping out in the St. Francis greenhouse when I am able.




Wellness Club Card Update


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If you are interested in making this free benefit available to your employees, please contact Carol Marin-Vargas at [email protected] or 804-316-2446.





Chopped Kale Salad 




▪ 1 bunch tender curly kale, chopped coarse and gently  

▪ Fine-grain sea salt, dash
▪ 1 cup chopped snow peas (slice off tough ends first)
▪ 1 large carrot, peeled and ribboned with a vegetable peeler
▪ 1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
▪ 1 heaping cup organic edamame
▪ 1 avocado, pitted and sliced into small chunks
▪ 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
▪ Handful cilantro, chopped
▪ Handful Thai basil (or regular basil), chopped


Tamari-Ginger Vinaigrette (or use your choice vinaigrette)

▪ � cup olive oil

▪ 2 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar

▪ 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger

▪ 1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari (or other low-sodium soy sauce)

▪ 2 teaspoons lime juice

▪ 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced



Use a chef's knife to remove the tough ribs from the kale, and then discard them. Chop the kale leaves into small, bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the kale with a dash of sea salt and use your hands to massage the kale by scrunching up the leaves in your hands and releasing until the kale is a darker green and fragrant. Toss the remaining salad dressing ingredients with the kale.


To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified. Toss the dressing with the salad and serve. Yields 2 large or 4 medium salads, will keep well in the fridge for a day or two.


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Free Yoga Class Fridays

Each Friday in September

Hot House Yoga

9665 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060

To help keep the peace of an often hectic schedule transition at the end of summer, Hot House Yoga would like to offer FREE CLASS FRIDAY for the month of September. Anyone new to Hot House Yoga is welcome to enjoy any class for free any Friday throughout the month.

See event here 

Advanced Care Planning Expo
Thursday, September 11

Lakewood Manor Retirement Community, Simms Room

1900 Lauderdale Drive

Richmond, VA 23238

If you couldn't speak for yourself, would your loved ones know your wishes? Join Bon Secours and Lakewood Manor for the first ever Advance Care Planning Expo. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Advance Care Planning and to complete your advance medical directive! Refreshments provided.

To register call 804-833-0976 or email [email protected] 



Heart of Virginia Bike Festival

Saturday, September 13

Hanover County Admin Building

7516 County Complex Road

Hanover, VA 23069

Come out to enjoy rides of varying mileage (including one for the whole family), rest stops, a great lunch and entertainment, all while supporting Richmond Area Bicycling Association, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, and projects like "Bikes for Kids."

 Register here


ReeseStrong 5K and Gold Ribbon Kid's Run

Saturday, September 13

9351 Atlee Road

Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Race to fight childhood cancer that has interrupted the lives of families in our community. This race allows us to bring awareness to these children's fight, educate about childhood cancer, and help ease the burden on our friends who are raising their children in and out of the hospital. Stay for the family-friendly festival following the 5K.

Register here


Medicare Education Event

Monday, September 15

St Mary's Hospital, Auditorium

5801 Bremo Road

Richmond, VA 23226

Learn the basics of Medicare. Get insights on how delaying retirement impacts your Medicare coverage. Learn the difference between types of Medicare plans. Get tips for saving money on Medicare coverage. Get answers to your questions! Refreshments provided.

Register here or call 1-866-890-2242


Good Form Running

Thursday, September 18th

Core Pilates of Richmond

1123 Gaskins Road, Suite 600

Learn the Good Form Running Technique, improve your stride, and strengthen your core through the Pilates method to stay injury free and powerful during your runs.

Register here



Stampede 5K and Kids Run

Saturday, September 20th

12580 West Creek Parkway

Richmond, VA 23238

The race will serve to celebrate agriculture, education, and health & wellness. The Kids Run will start at 4pm and the 5K directly afterwards. All proceeds go to Agriculture in the Classroom, which serves to educate Virginia's children about agriculture.

Register here



First Annual Richmond Farm Tour

Saturday September 20th - Sunday, September 21st

Sponsored by VABF and Ellwood Thompson's. Shake the hands that feed you! Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day (or two) of meeting area biological/ organic/ Certified Naturally Grown farmers and see where and how your food is grown. Tour map and information on all participating farms will be provided.

Learn more here 




Understanding Pain and Preventing Injury

Saturday, September 27th

Core Pilates of Richmond

1123 Gaskins Road, Suite 600

Join Physical Therapist, Jennifer Hays, MPT, from Physical Therapy & Wellness of Richmond and Certified Pilates Practioner Karen Roodman from Core Pilates of Richmond, who will offer insight, inform and assist you to better functionality and fitness.

Register here

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