Northwestern Medicine

Lurie Cancer Center Hosts 11th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting

Northwestern Memorial Hospital September 18, 2011

Physicians host interactive discussion about diagnosis, treatment options and support for patients and families

CHICAGO, IL – A breast cancer diagnosis can elicit an array of emotions including fear, confusion and anger, often leaving women and their families with unanswered questions. To help patients understand and cope with their diagnosis, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will host the 11th annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, October 2. The event will be held at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Arthur Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, on the Northwestern University Chicago campus.

Throughout the afternoon, attendees will learn about the latest research, treatments and support programs available and have an opportunity to visit exhibits featuring breast cancer advocacy organizations and products. A large forum question and answer session will also be held to allow participants to gain answers from experts in the field.

“There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming,” said William Gradishar, MD, director of breast medical oncology at the Lurie Cancer Center. “This event helps patients navigate through their diagnosis by getting questions answered and learning about resources available to help them. It’s also a great opportunity for cancer patients to connect with one another.”

Gradishar, who is also director of the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care in Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, will moderate the event. Panelists will include Nora Hansen, MD, breast surgeon and director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center; Virginia Kaklamani, MD, co-director of the Cancer Genetics Program; Timothy Pearman, PhD, clinical psychologist and director of Supportive Oncology; Kristin Smith, Fertility Preservation Program patient navigator, and Jonathan Strauss, MD, radiation oncologist.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional information and details on how to register can be found online or by calling 312.695.1304. Walk-ins are welcome.

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