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URMC Expert to Give Free Talk on Recent Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

David G. Hicks, M.D., director of the Surgical Pathology Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will present a free talk from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Hahnemann Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane located on the campus of The Highlands at Pittsford, off of Rt. 31, just east of the village of Pittsford.

The treatment of breast cancer has become increasingly specialized with rapidly changing therapies and therapeutic guidelines. The most common malignancy diagnosed in women in the United States, a diagnosis of breast cancer is always devastating news.  

Hicks will explain the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing breast cancer and how they impact treatment. “Understanding the pathology of each individual’s cancer is critical for the multidisciplinary treatment team to design the most effective treatment plan. Of central importance is the role of the pathologist, a physician that most patients never encounter,” said Hicks.

Hicks will also cover several new and exciting developments in our understanding of breast cancer biology and how this information is improving ways to care for breast cancer patients.

The talk, titled “Breast Cancer: New Hope from Major Advances in Our Understanding of Clinical Behavior and Treatment,” is fifth in the 10-part health and wellness series, “To Your Health!.” Presented by The Highlands at Pittsford and the University of Rochester Medical Center, the series aims to inspire and educate older adults about health issues specific to their needs. The programs are taught by URMC’s faculty of distinguished physicians and other providers affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, the Eastman Dental Center, Visiting Nurse Service and other Medical Center affiliates.

Seating is limited. To register for the talk, please call (585) 275-2838.

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