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Symposium Features Breast Cancer Experts

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September 27, 2005

CHICAGO --- A virtual Who’s Who of leading breast cancer researchers will present their latest findings on the care of patients with breast cancer at the Seventh Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium on Thursday to Sunday, (Oct. 6 to 9) at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water St.

This year’s Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium kicks off events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October sponsored by The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Highlighting the symposium will be the Lynn Sage Memorial Lecture at 10:45 a.m. Friday (Oct. 7), presented by Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., president-elect of the American Society Clinical Oncology, who will discuss “Breast Cancer Therapeutics: Looking Forward by Looking Back.”

A Town Hall meeting on “The Promises and Myths of Breast Cancer Research,” which is free and open to the public, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.  Sunday (Oct. 9). A panel of experts, including patient advocates and noted breast cancer researchers, will discuss the latest in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and genetics, including the role of integrative medicine in merging Western and Eastern philosophies and treatments to form a comprehensive approach to patient care. An extensive question-and-answer period will follow brief presentations by the panelists.

The five-day breast cancer symposium is sponsored by The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The symposium chair is Cancer Center researcher William J. Gradishar, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Gradishar also will moderate the Town Hall meeting.

Gradishar’s co-chairs are breast cancer pharmacologist V. Craig Jordan and breast cancer surgeon Monica Morrow, M.D., of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Topics for this year’s symposium include supportive care, including the influence of diet and exercise on breast cancer and sexuality and cancer. Other topics will focus on hormone replacement therapy; best treatment strategies, predicting outcome in breast cancer; and the future of breast cancer therapy.

For information or to register for the breast cancer symposium, visitwww.cancer.northwestern.edu.

To register for the free Town Hall meeting, visithttps:www.secure.cancer.northwestern.edu/Townhall_2005/register.cfm.