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Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!

On August 5, 2020 To Life! hosted

Beat the Odds

Breast Cancer Education Forum

 

Click here to view the YouTube recording of this event.

 

                                                                                     

Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors!

 

New Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatments and

Understanding and Accessing Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer

Our Cynthia Shenker Memorial Speaker - Jung-Min Lee, MD, Oncologist with the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Lee's research involves developing and designing clinical trials to test novel agents' targeting of DNA repair and related pathways and drug resistance in rare women's cancers, such as triple-negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Lee's presentations was followed by a Q&A. Breast cancer patients and survivors, adult family members, friends, caregivers and healthcare professional were welcome to participate. The program was free of charge, advance registration was required.

Dr. Lee received her medical degree from Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University in South Korea. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and her fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) /National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In 2011, Dr. Lee joined the Medical Oncology Branch of NCI as an assistant clinical investigator. Her research involves developing and designing clinical trials to test novel agents' targeting of DNA repair and related pathways and drug resistance in rare women’s cancers, such as triple negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Lee was awarded the Lasker Clinical Research Scholarship in 2016 and maintains her research focus in the development of innovative clinical trials for rare women’s cancers. Dr. Lee’s work has been recognized with multiple awards including the first Jane C. Wright M.D. Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the New York Ovarian Cancer Research Award from the Foundation for Women's Cancers, and NCI Director’s Award from the NCI. Dr. Lee is also active in conducting clinical and laboratory research directed towards developing a better understanding of the biology of recurrent breast or ovarian cancer and translating discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic.

Between 10-20% of breast cancer is diagnosed as triple-negative. Researchers have found that it is more likely to affect women younger than 50 years of age, African-American women, Hispanic women and those with a BRCA1 gene mutation. Researchers are expanding their knowledge and understanding of TNBC which may result in better treatment strategies. Here are some additional articles on the topic you may find helpful:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4493381/

https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/trip_neg

https://www.bcrf.org/blog/bcrf-supported-study-details-potential-new-treatment-triple-negative-breast-cancer

https://www.bcrf.org/blog/research-update-emerging-therapies-triple-negative-breast-cancer

 

Past Events

2019 Beat the Odds

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs

Forum focus: Critical Issues Relating to Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Using Silicone Implants

Our Cynthia Shenker Memorial Speaker - Steven Nagel, MD, Surgical Oncologist, Medical Officer, Division of Surgical Devices and Drug Safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Andrew Warheit, MD, Radiologist, St. Peter's Health Partners

Following the presentations, To Life! held a Question and Answer period to further address the topic. The panel included Dr. Nagel and Dr. Warheit and they were joined by Danielle Kroll, MD, Breast Oncologist and Medical Officer at the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If you would like to hear the complete audio from the Q & A panel discussion, please go to our YouTube page or click on the link below.

LINK

2018 Beat the Odds
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, 8am - 12noon
Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs

Presenters:

Luba Djurdjinovic, MS
Genetic Counselor, Executive Director, Ferre Institute, Ferre Genetics, Inc.

Edward M. Liebers, MD
Medical Oncologist, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group

Jennifer Herbert Benedict
Mom, RN, Breast Cancer Survivor