About 75 people attended the course which was held at the Carol G Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center. There were survivors, caregivers, family, social workers and a number of ovarian cancer organizations in the audience. I was happy to see friends and fellow survivors manning the information tables of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation , the NJ chapter of the NOCC, SHARE and Cancer Support Community.
After a welcome by Dr Daniel Tobias, Director of the Woman's Cancer Center, and listening to his patient, Theresa, discussed how she dealt with her diagnosis, the Course began.
|Dr Ilana Cass - Ovarian Cancer:Is Progress Being Made|
|Dr Allison Wagreich -Genetic Risk and Prevention of Ovarian Cancer|
|Nana Tchabo -Clinical Trials and New Treatments|
|Dr Mark Einstein- The Importance of Being Treated by a Gynecologic Oncologists (l) , Dr Micheal Pearl - Supportive Care the Women with Cancer (center) and Dr Daniel Tobias during the question and answer period.|
- Surgery by gynecologic oncologists who do large numbers of patients can improve survival.
- Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is not inferior to primary debulking surgery.
- The Cancer Genome Atlas has provided information on genes responsible for OC.
- Exercise can improve quality of life which improves survival.
- Familial cancer syndromes include BRCA1,2 and Lynch Syndrome.
- 3-7% of the women with the BRCA mutations undergoing Risk Reducing Surgery were found to have cancer in their tissue.
- Clinical trials are NOT the last resort.
- Making progress against cancer is dependent on clinical trials
- "Palliative Care is appropriate at any time during management of a serious illness."
- Palliative Care is beneficial, improves survival and reduces cost.
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Every Day is a Blessing! Blessed that the Foundation for Women's Cancer mission is to educate survivors and caregivers.