For Immediate Release

March 7, 2012

For more information:
NaBrina J. Webb, MBA
Program Coordinator
A. Webb Roberts Center
Baylor Health Care System, Dallas
direct: 214/215.8302
main: 214/820.2317


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 Conference 2012, scheduled for March 23 and 24 at the Harvey Convention Center.

Sponsored by Texas Oncology-Tyler 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 23, 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 Harvey Convention Center. Neill L. Spector, MD and Joanne L. Blum, MD, PhD, FACP, are the featured speakers and will discuss heart transplants and genetic considerations for breast cancer patients.

March 24 at Harvey Convention Center, physicians, surgeons and medical professionals will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest developments in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“This is our 15th year for the conference and I am so excited,” said Svetislava Vukelja, MD, FACP, associate director, lymphoma and breast cancer, US Oncology, Texas Oncology Tyler Cancer Center and chairman of the conference. “The community forum and conference both will feature discussions on prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including surgical and non-surgical options, and our presenters are some of the best in the fields of medical oncology, surgery and research. This is going to be our best year ever.”

Day two of the conference is for medical professionals and is designed to provide physicians with a comprehensive review of the latest advances in the clinical aspects of breast cancer research. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses and radiologic technologists can qualify for continuing medical education credit.

“I encourage all members of the medical community to attend day two of the conference. This is a great opportunity to learn about new findings, advancements in care and treatment options that are just now coming onto the medical scene,” said Dr. Vukelja.

Physicians scheduled to present at the Tyler Breast Cancer Conference on March 30 include course director Svetislava J. Vukelja, MD, FACP; Joanne L. Blum, MD, PhD, FACP, Director, Hereditary Cancer Risk Program, Baylor-Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor-Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas; David M. Euhus, MD, FACS, Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; Jeffrey B. Hargis, MD, FACP, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Kentuckiana Cancer Institute, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky; Neil L. Spector, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke Medical Oncology in Durham, NC; and Elizabeth A. Rafferty, MD, Director of Breast Imaging, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor, Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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. This educational activity has been designated for up to 7.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

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


John Moore
Public Information Officer
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
500 South Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702
Phone (903) 531-4542
Fax (903) 525-1206