Best of Breast: Cancer experts to converge at 12th Annual Breast Cancer Conference

methodist hcs logoSome of the best experts in the field of breast cancer research will take time out of their hectic schedules to present at the 12th Annual Alamo City Cancer Council’s Breast Cancer Update Conference presented by Methodist Healthcare. This year the community event will be held at a new location – the Oblate School of Theology’s Whitley Center at 285 Oblate Drive on Saturday, September 13th starting at 8 a.m. This ½ day free conference is open to the San Antonio community and brings experts in the field of breast cancer research and treatment together to update the public and healthcare providers on the latest advancements in breast cancer.

The day will begin with a keynote presentation entitled “Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer,” presented by Dr. Skip Burris of Tennessee Oncology. Dr. Burris is a board certified oncologist with more than 20 years of phase 1 clinical trial experience. He received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy and medical degree from the University of South Alabama. After graduating, he completed his residency in hematology/oncology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).

Seven concurrent sessions will be held throughout the morning, with attendees choosing two to attend. The day will then conclude with a lunchtime presentation on “Surgical Approaches in Breast Reconstruction” presented by Dr. Jessica Belz of PRMA and Dr. Christy Chai of the Oncology Department at SAMMC.

Alamo City Cancer Council Director Sharon Wilks, M.D., F.A.C.P. started the conference in 2003 and states, “the breast cancer update conference serves as a forum to bring a diverse group of attendees together to learn more about the advancements in breast cancer. From the newly diagnosed patient to the seasoned medical professional, there are learning opportunities for everyone at the conference. We are also especially grateful to Methodist Healthcare for their tremendous support as the presenting sponsor of this years event.” The conference is free to the general public and continental breakfast, a box lunch and free parking are included for all attendees.

And with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month right around the corner Alamo City Cancer Council Executive Director Gretchen Garceau-Kragh, says, “the conference is a great way to kick off our participation in the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By collaborating with the other cancer related non-profit agencies in San Antonio to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hope to educate even more individuals as they move from cancer patient to cancer survivor.” Nurses in need of continuing education credit pay only $45 in advance and $55 at the door for their credentialing. Like last year, hundreds of attendees are expected for this educational day out and an opportunity to connect with breast cancer survivors, friends and experts.

For more information or to pre-register to attend, please visit or call 210-816-0683.

The Alamo City Cancer Council is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organized based in San Antonio. Its mission is to provide education, resources and services for any project that supports the cause of the eradication of cancer.

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