Free conference on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer for medical professionals set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at UTHSCT

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A free conference on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome for medical professionals will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Biomedical Research Auditorium at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, 11937 U.S. 271.

“Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome: Identification and Management of Women at Increased Risk” will feature presentations by six health care professionals from The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It is offered by M.D. Anderson in conjunction with UTHSCT.

The conference is designed to provide oncologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nursing staff and wellness counselors with a working knowledge of the common hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes.

Nursing students and students in other health care fields such as physical therapy also are welcome to attend the free conference, said Kendra Woods, Ph.D., a cancer biologist and administrator at M.D. Anderson.

There’s a need throughout the health care community for more knowledge about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, she said.

“We want women who are at high risk for these cancers to seek appropriate care and counseling, so they don’t spend their lives worrying about cancer,” she said.

Conference topics include how to identify women at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, an overview of genetic testing, managing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, and the effects of breast cancer on pregnancy and fertility.

Speakers will discuss the psychosocial, ethical, and legal issues surrounding these cancers. Genetic counselors also will role play how to tell a patient that genetic testing indicates she may be at risk for developing these cancers.

Presenters are: Banu K. Arun, MD, professor, breast medical oncology, co-medical director for the Clinical Cancer Genetics Center; Karen H. Lu, MD, professor, gynecologic oncology, co-medical director for the Clinical Cancer Genetics Center; Susan K. Peterson, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor, behavioral science; Jennifer K. Litton, MD, assistant professor, breast medical oncology; Amanda C. Brandt, MS, certified genetic counselor; and Kaylene J. Ready, MS, certified genetic counselor.

Space is limited and registration is recommended. For more information or to register online, please visit M.D. Anderson’s Clinical Cancer Genetics website:" rel="external".

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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