March 20 2008 - Tyler Breast Cancer Conference Scheduled

For Immediate Release      March 20, 2008


John Moore       
(903) 531-4542


Seminar for Public and Physicians Features
National Experts In Breast Cancer

TYLER, TX -- Promising new therapies and treatment regimens for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer are included in a community forum and medical conference at the Tyler Breast Cancer Conference 2008, scheduled for March 28 and 29 at the Tyler Rose Garden and Harvey Convention Center, respectively.  Sponsored by Texas Oncology Tyler Cancer Center, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, and Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, the forum and conference are designed to help educate the public, physicians and health care professionals on the latest medical breakthroughs and procedures related to the treatment of breast cancer.

On March 28, the Breast Cancer Community Forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden.  March 29 at Harvey Convention Center, physicians, surgeons and medical personnel will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest developments in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

"The goal of the Tyler Breast Cancer Conference is to provide the public, physicians, nurses and health care professionals with an in-depth look at the latest advancements in the clinical aspects of breast cancer research and treatment," said Svetislava Vukelja, MD, FACP, associate director, breast cancer, US Oncology, Texas Oncology Tyler Cancer Center and chairman of the conference.  "The community forum and conference will address prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including surgical and non-surgical options.  The presenters include experts in medical oncology, surgery and research."

The Breast Cancer Community Forum topics include Partial Breast Irradiation with Robert Kuske, MD, a board certified radiation oncologist with the Scottsdale Center in Arizona; Nipple Preserving Mastectomy by David Euhus, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Division of Surgical Oncology; and The Power of Exercise with Cindy Osborn, MD, a medical oncologist with Texas Oncology, PA, Sammons Cancer Center.

Day two of the conference is for medical personnel and is designed to provide physicians with a comprehensive review of the latest advances in the clinical aspects of breast cancer research.  The program will encompass prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

"In 2007, over 178,000 women were newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer," said Dr. Vukelja.  "The Tyler Breast Cancer Conference is offering a Friday evening session that is specifically for the public.  Each year we learn of new, more advanced, less-invasive treatment options.  Today, there is more hope than ever for patients in the fight against breast cancer.  This forum offers some of the latest information available.  I encourage breast cancer patients, their family members and supporters, and other interested individuals to attend this free evening of presentations and dialogue."

"The conference is an opportunity for area physicians to discuss the new findings and advancements in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options with peers who are nationally and internationally recognized authorities on breast cancer," said Dr. Vukelja.

Physicians scheduled to present at the Tyler Breast Cancer Conference on March 29 include Elizabeth A. Rafferty, MD, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Robert R. Kuske, MD, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, Scottsdale Center, Scottsdale, Arizona; D. Craig Allred, MD, Professor and Director, Breast Pathology, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; David Euhus, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Division of Surgical Oncology, Dallas; Cindy Osborn, MD, Medical Oncologist with Texas Oncology, PA, Sammons Cancer Center; Joyce O'Shaughnessy, MD, Co-Director, Breast Cancer Research, Baylor-Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, Texas Oncology, PA, Dallas.

This conference has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) by the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, and Texas Oncology Tyler Cancer Center.  This educational activity has been designated for up to 7.5 AMA PRA category credits.

Physicians wishing to sign up for the conference should call 214-820-2317.  For more information on the Community Forum, call Texas Oncology Tyler Cancer Center at 903-579-9860.

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