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Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays with The Cancer Institute at UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Stay well with UM St. Joseph!


University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to partner with WMAR-TV to offer ongoing “Wellness Wednesday” health segments on the Midday Maryland show. Each month, you’ll meet experts from our renowned Cancer Institute who will provide helpful information, practical advice and straightforward answers to some of the questions you may have about cancer prevention, treatment and screenings.

Live your best life, starting today! Download your FREE Healthy Living guide by filling out the form at right. For a referral to one of our physicians, call 410-337-1338.

  • June 8, 2022:

    Mindful Wellness for Cancer Prevention and Management, with Ginny Jump, CRNP

    We don’t often think that “wellness” and “cancer” go together, but it turns out, they often do! With advances in treatment and prevention—and a growing focus on holistic, or integrative health—people with cancer are living longer than ever. Ginny Jump, a certified nurse practitioner and Survivorship Program Coordinator for the Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, offers advice for achieving mindful wellness--or good health in body, mind and spirit--that can help prevent or manage cancer. Visit for information about programs, services and events offered at the Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center.

  • March 16, 2022:

    Understanding Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger

    Immunotherapy and chemotherapy are two commonly used cancer treatments that can help stop the growth of cancer cells, but in very different ways. Kimberly Schlesinger, MD, medical oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Institute at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, explains the difference between the two types of treatment, both of which can be effective in the fight against cancer. To learn more about the types of services available at our Cancer Institute, visit

  • October 13, 2021:

    What is Breast Health?, with Dr. Suliat Nurudeen and Dr. Ethan Rogers

    “Breast health” is more than an annual mammogram. Every October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hear much about the importance of managing your breast health. Our experts, breast surgeons Suliat Nurudeen, MD, Medical Director of the UM St. Joseph Breast Health Center, and Ethan Rogers, MD, provide guidance to help everyone develop a comprehensive and personalized breast health plan—including developing your own personalized screening schedule—for your best health throughout the year.

    Learn more about our Breast Health Center, meet our team and schedule your mammogram. Take our quick, secure online assessment to determine your breast cancer risk.

  • August 4, 2021:

    Return to Screening, with Dr. Suliat Nurudeen and Dr. Ivane Chua

    Since the start of the pandemic more than a year-and-a-half ago, one in three adults has skipped the recommended routine cancer screenings. From March to June 2020 alone, more than 22 million screens were missed--and an estimated 80,000 cases of cancer were left undiagnosed. Screenings are crucial for early detection, when many cancers—including breast and colon cancer—are most treatable AND curable.

    Hear from our experts, breast surgeon Suliat Nurudeen, MD, Medical Director of the UM St. Joseph Breast Health Center, and colon and rectal surgeon Ivane Chua, MD, to learn more about how you can safely Return to Screening for your best health. To find a provider who can refer you for needed cancer screenings visit or call 410-337-1337.

  • June 16, 2021:

    Skin Cancer Wellness, Prevention and Treatment, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger

    Just as COVID has kept us indoors, it’s nudged us outside, too! As summer approaches, be sure to stay “sun smart” and avoid your risk for skin cancer by using these expert tips and helpful information from medical oncologist Kimberly Schlesinger, MD. Brighter days are ahead, so be sure to remember: Prevention and early detection are key in the year-round and lifelong fight against skin cancer

  • March 24, 2021:

    Colon Cancer Prevention, Symptoms & Treatment, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and Dr. Ivane Chua

    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—the perfect time to remind everyone about colon health and cancer prevention. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.—but it is very treatable when detected early. Find out from our experts at the Cancer Institute at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, medical oncologist Kimberly Schlesinger, MD, and colon and rectal surgeon Ivane Chua, MD, what you can do to prevent and detect colon cancer early, when it's most treatable. (Hint: Get a colon screening!) They'll also discuss the latest treatment options for successful colon cancer recovery.

  • February 24, 2021:
    Pancreatic Cancer Prevention, Treatment & Wellness, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and Dr. Richard Mackey

    Each day in the U.S., 166 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. New treatment options and new insights on prevention strategies are helping those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live longer than ever before. Join Medical Oncologist Kimberly Schlesinger, MD, and Liver and Pancreas Surgeon Richard Mackey, MD, from the Cancer Institute at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, to learn more about our advanced care, multidisciplinary team approach and our commitment to holistic care and wellness for those diagnosed with any type of cancer.
  • January 27, 2021:
    Weight & Your Cancer Risk, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger

    More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight and obese, something we don’t often associate with your risk for cancer. Kimberly Schlesinger, MD, medical oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Institute at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, helps you understand the link between weight gain and cancer and provides tips to help you lower your weight and live more healthfully. For information about the cancer wellness and prevention services at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit
  • December 16, 2020:
    Lung Health & Lung Cancer Prevention, with Dr. Richard Schraeder

    Breathe easier with the experts at our Cancer Institute: Lung cancer is the world's leading cause of cancer death, affecting more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Join our expert as he discusses the best ways to keep your lungs strong and healthy and when to consider seeking medical care for your best lung health.
  • November 11, 2020:
    The Cancer Prevention Diet, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and Leah Buck

    A healthy diet can play an important role in the fight against cancer and in cancer prevention and offers a whole host of other health benefits too. Learn more about why what you eat matters and how you can begin to build your cancer prevention diet, plate by plate, one day at time. We're proud to offer nutrition counseling services and other integrative therapies at UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute's Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center.
  • October 14, 2020:
    Identifying and Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger

    To protect her health, every woman should take breast cancer “personally.” It’s important to understand your personal risk for breast cancer: There are some factors you can’t control that may affect your chances of getting breast cancer and some you can. Being mindful about your own health and taking the time to understand your individual risk can help you minimize your chances of getting the disease—and empower you and the women you love to make healthy choices for your best breast health.

    Make it a girls’ date! Register today to join us for a FREE “Women’s Health and Breast Cancer” lunchtime community health webinar on Wednesday, October 21, hosted by UMMS women’s health experts.
  • September 2, 2020:
    Integrative Cancer Care, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and Nurse Practitioner Ginny Jump

    A cancer diagnosis can affect every aspect of a person's life, physically, emotionally and mentally. The experts at the Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center offer a full spectrum of integrative therapies—including yoga, Healing Touch, acupuncture, massage and more—that support body-mind-spirit wellness. These services are designed to help empower patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, lessen the impact of treatment side effects and even help reduce the risk for cancer recurrence, to support our patients' lifelong well-being and recovery.
  • July 8, 2020:
    Skin Cancer Prevention & Treatment, with Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and Dr. Sean Gunning

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world; it’s estimated one in five Americans will develop the disease by age 70. The good news is, most forms of skin cancer are preventable, and, when detected early, highly treatable. Join UM St. Joseph Medical Oncologist and Cancer Institute Medical Director Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and dermatologist Dr. Sean Gunning to learn what you can do to stay “sun safe” and “skin smart,” including self-checks for skin cancer.