Cancer symposium to give doctors more resourcesWritten by Jennifer S. White | | email@example.com
The ProMedica Cancer Institute (PCI) will host a Fall Symposium on Oct. 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Perrysburg.
“There are 12 million cancer survivors in the nation,” said Dr. Manuel Valdivieso, M.D., director of PCI and professor at Wayne State University. “This is compared with 3 million survivors in 1971. We understand cancer better now, but the worry is what we are going to do with survivors.”
Ann Kujawa, PCI’s administrative director, said the focus of the symposium is breast and colorectal cancer.
“The five most prevalent types of cancer are breast, lung, colon, prostate and female gynecological,” Kujawa said. “We are focusing on breast and GI cancers because they are so widespread.”
Judy Gonia, director of Continuing Medical Education at ProMedica, said she relied on physician feedback to plan the event.
Gonia said physicians attending the symposium can take the knowledge that is shared and use it in their practices.
Kujawa said the cancer symposium is not limited to physicians.
“We are in the process of launching multidisciplinary teams of cancer care,” Kujawa said. “This brings specialists together. Teams can include pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and, in the case of breast cancer, plastic surgeons. These teams of experts determine the most appropriate treatment plan for the patient.”
Valdivieso said new research and technology will be highlighted
“The agenda is to obtain a wider spectrum of opinions and perspectives,” Valdivieso said. “This combines professionals from Philadelphia, Houston, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Arizona.”
Valdivieso said a major concern is the future of cancer survivors.
“Survivors are always at risk for recurrence of cancer and for new cancers, as well as physical, psychological and cognitive trouble,” Valdivieso said. “We are concerned with more than survival. We are concerned for quality of life.”
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