The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting the fifth edition of its annual seminar “Making Cancer History,” an educational event dedicated to gathering leading oncologists and clarifying patients’ doubts and questions about cancer. The institution announced in a press release that the seminar, which will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions to cancer experts, is taking place on March 7th in Sarasota, Florida.
During the Making Cancer History seminar, patients will attend a presentation by oncologist Thomas Burke, MD, who serves as executive vice president for the MD Anderson Cancer Network and is a professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. Burke was recently honored with the President’s Leadership Award for Advancing Women Faculty for his contributions to inclusiveness and equality in medicine and research.
Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology Section and professor of Surgical Oncology, Kelly Hunt, MD, is also hosting a presentation at the event. Hunt’s research is focused on breast cancer and has made major contributions to the field, having participated in a phase III clinical trial that demonstrated how administering trastuzumab and anthracyclines concurrently is not necessary to achieve a high rate of complete pathologic remission in HER2-positive breast cancer, since sequential treatments are equally effective.
There will also be a question-and-answer session for the audience to address topics related to cancer, while Alan Holtzman, a resident of Bradenton, Florida who survived chronic lymphocytic leukemia and merkel cell carcinoma, will share his experience about fighting the disease with the help of MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Despite being located in Texas, the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting this event in Florida. Between September, 2013 and August, 2014, more than 1,300 people became new cancer patients in Florida, looking for diagnosis, treatment or disease prevention. There are currently over 560 physicians in Florida advising their patients to seek the institution.
MD Anderson’s main mission is to eliminate the burden of cancer, not only in Texas, but throughout the whole country and the world. The institution organizes a series of initiatives, such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, in order to enable patients to stay in their residence area and be treated with the most advanced therapies.
In addition to the Making Cancer History seminar, the center launched the Making Cancer History of the Family project two years ago, as part of its Moon Shots Program. The project aims to provide genetic screening and search mutations in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, which are responsible for increasing the risk of two types of cancer, high-grade serous ovarian cancer and triple-negative breast cancer. Inherited mutations and the possibility of risk-elevating variations are also increased, so that searching for BRCA mutations also allows the program to educate family members.
The educational seminar will take place on March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 100 Blvd. of the Arts, in Sarasota, Florida. The event starts at 8:30 am with a breakfast buffet, while the presentations will open at 9 am. A $20 admission fee per attendee is required, and there is a limited number of seats. Registration can be done at 866-262-9029 (press 5) or at [email protected] More information about the event, as well as testimonies from patients and physicians are available on the website of the event here.