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Hospital to host free national conference on gyn cancer

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Women & Infants Hospital's Program in Women's Oncology and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will host a free conference on women's cancers as part of a national series of events through the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO).

Entitled "What's Up Doc? What's New and Best in Women's Cancer Treatment and Survivorship," the program is planned for Friday, October 11 from 9 am to 4 pm, in the hospital's Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace Education Center. It is free to cancer patients, their family members and/or caregivers and health care providers.

"It is an incredible honor to be chosen by SGO to offer this educational event, and a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to learn more about women's cancers, new treatments, current research, and integrative care options available to them," says Cornelius "Skip" Granai III, MD, director of the Program in Women's Oncology.

The day-long conference will feature presentations by every member of the faculty at the Program in Women's Oncology and The Breast Health Center, allowing the community to meet the physicians, genetic counselors and other staff, and for these professionals to offer their expertise.

Presentations are grouped in three categories, starting in the morning with "Cancer Concepts and Language (p-Values);" moving into "Where are we now and what's coming in treating women's cancers?" in the late morning; and followed by "In addition to science, what else matters?" in the afternoon. The day will end with a presentation by Dr. Granai, an internationally-acclaimed speaker. He will present "p-Values, h-Values, Science, Art, and Spirituality." Special activities and demonstrations will close the day.

"Our goal is to illustrate that there is a science and an art to medicine and that both need to be interwoven in a woman's treatment plan," Dr. Granai explains. "We have always sought to balance the science with the art for the optimal results and patient satisfaction."

In those areas, presentations include:

  • Oncology 101: What are Genes, What is Cancer, What Kinds are There, What are Women's Cancers?
  • Cancer Treatment Options: Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemo, Other
  • Cancer Research: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Trials
  • Cancer of the Uterus
  • Cancer of the Ovary and Fallopian Tubes
  • Cancer of the Vulva and Cervix
  • Cancer of the Breast
  • Cancer is a Family Affair
  • Fertility, Hormones and Sexuality after Cancer
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Panel: Behavioral Health, Lymphedema, Integrative Care and Nutrition

Joining the gynecologic and breast cancer physicians for various presentations will be physicians from Women & Infants' Center for Reproduction and Infertility, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists.

Participants will receive complimentary lunch and snacks, as well as access to demonstrations of therapeutic disciplines.

Registration for the event is required. To register, people can go to foundationforwomenscancer.org. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Genentech.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year.In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

New England's premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, women's mental health, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation's only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health's Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.


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