Speakers pack out 4th London breast cancer forum

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THE fourth Pink Ribbon breast cancer forum will take place on 15-16 September, in London, with a focus on metastatic breast cancer, screening and living with and beyond the disease.

Day one is CPD-accredited at the Royal Society of Medicine, with registrations from 9am, content starting 9.45, and going through to close and drinks from 5.15.

A range of keynote speakers in a packed informative and discussion programme will tackle key topics ranging from duty of candour, to creating specialist breast care teams, to progress on screening and information on survivorship.

Please see the full programme below.

For more information and to book, please visit https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/breastcancer17

Day two is a public information at the Victoria Embankment Gardens, Saturday 16th September, between 11 and 3.30pm, with IB Organs’ giant educational breast. This is the first time the breast has appeared in London. Prior registration is not required.

 

DAY ONE. MEDICAL ACCREDITATION. FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, RSM, 1 WIMPOLE STREET, LONDON W1G 0AE

PROGRAMME*

Registrations, tea, coffee from 9am

9.45        Welcome and introduction: Gerard Dugdill, publishing director, Pink Ribbon; Dr Kath Thompson, breast cancer patient and pharmaceutical physician (chair).

9.50       Intro theme: duty of candour, in relation to screening Rosalind Given-Wilson, consultant radiologist, St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, followed by quick Q&A

10.15     Intro theme: the politics of breast cancer, introduction to the work of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) Rt Hon Siobhain McDonagh MP, APPG member

10.25     Short Q&As

  • FIRST SECTION: 10.30-1 METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
  • 10.30 Latest treatments on offer, with reference to specific drugs, eg CDK 4/6 inhibitors; also Kadcyla Dr Bhawna Sirohi, consultant medical oncologist, Barts Cancer Institute
  • 10.50 Surgical considerationsincreasing survival rates of breast conserving therapy (lumpectomy plus radiotherapy) as opposed to mastectomy Mr Will Alsarakbi, consultant, Croydon health services NHS trust
  • 11.10 Advances in radiotherapy in the management of breast cancer, ie SBRT (cyberknife and gamma knife John Conibear, consultant clinical oncologist, St Bartholomew’s’ hospital
  • 11.30 Early morning panel

Break at 11.40

 

  • 11.55 The development of clinical nurse specialists in metastatic breast cancer Intro, Dr Susannah Stanway, consultant, medical oncology, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; plus nurse breast specialists: Vanda Ribeiro and Nikki Snuggs
  • 12.20 The balance between public perceptions of greatest need and where money best spent.  Models for drugs production, how to drill down into specific patient sub-groups Elena Pizzo PhD, senior research associate, department of applied health research, university college London
  • 12.40 Access to drugs; and regulatory landscape Dr Cecilia Chisholm, medical assessor in licensing division, medicines and healthcare products regulatory authority (MHRA)
  • 1 Late morning panel

Lunch at 1.10

 

  • SECOND SECTION: 2.10-3.10

 BREAST SCREENING, A BALANCED PERSPECTIVE ON CURRENT REGIMES AND NEW METHODS

Talks and discussion on current screening regimes and survival rates.

Contributors:

  • Stephen W Duffy, professor of cancer screening, Wolfson institute of preventative medicine, Queen Mary university of London
  • Dr Sue Astley, reader in imaging science, school of health sciences, university of Manchester, looking at breast density
  • Cheryl Cruwys, patient advocate
  • 3 Panel

 

3.10 Break

  • FINAL SECTION: LIVING WITH AND BEYOND BREAST CANCER. 3.20-5

Topics:

  • 3.20-3.50 Complementary aids, including diet and exercise Professor Robert Thomas, consultant oncologist, Bedford & Addenbrooke’s Cambridge university hospitals, et al
  • 3.50-4.20. Progression free survival Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield DBE, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
  • 4.20-4.35 Psychological aspects of survival Dr Joel Vos, reader in counselling psychology, university of Roehampton
  • 4.35-4.55. Various perspectives from patient representatives from United States Rev Linda Loving, author, A New Song to Sing, Breast Cancer as Journey of Spirit; Nicole Dorman, author, I Fought Like a Girl and I Won; ambassador, Pink Ribbon awards
  • 4.55 Closing panel

 

Close of meeting   5.10

Networking and drinks reception 5.15-6

*Subject to slight changes

For further information, please email gd@pinkribbon.co.uk or call +44 (0)7900 267988.

 

 

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Pink Ribbon is the growing international network of doctors, researchers, charities and other campaigners, interested in bringing forward the date where breast cancer-related deaths are a thing of the past. It focuses on events and information provision, including website bulletins, conferences and awards (being planned for 2018). It is led by publisher Gerard Dugdill.

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