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Saint Barnabas to Hold Breast Cancer Symposium

Saint Barnabas will hold the symposium among a myriad of events.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Department of Psychosocial Support Services in the Cancer Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center will sponsor a free Breast Cancer Symposium on Monday, October 29 from 6-9 p.m. in the hospital’s Islami Auditorium. 

Richard Michaelson, MD, Chief Medical Director, and a multidisciplinary team of experts will address how to make the most of your doctor visits, lymphedema reduction and innovative treatments, employment and insurance issues and treatment for anxiety and depression.  A light dinner will be provided and free parking will be available in the main visitors’ lot.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in women, next to lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.  For women, about one in 36 deaths are caused by breast cancer.  Approximately 39,510 women will die from breast cancer in 2012.

But, at this time, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including those who are still being treated and those who completed treatment.

The symposium is just one of the many breast cancer awareness events that will be presented by Saint Barnabas this month.  Others include:

Mindful Methods for Weight Control
October 20 at noon in the Grand Court of the Mall at Short Hills

This program, part of the free Breast Health Through Your Life Series presented Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, features Debra Gill, PhD, Weight Management Specialist, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Registration is requested, but not required.

Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer
October 24 at noon in the Grand Court of the Mall at Short Hills

This program, part of the free Breast Health Through Your Life Series presented Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, features Alison Grann, Chairman, Radiation Oncology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Registration is requested, but not required.

Breast Cancer: Genetics and You
October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room A/B of Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center.

Joanne Persing, RN, BSN, Assistant Director of the Breast Center, will talk about the Breast Health 2012 screening guidelines. Jennifer Wagmiller, MD, Medical Oncologist, The Cancer Center at Saint Barnanabs, will speak about breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatment and how genetics is a factor. Following the discussion, Chanel make-up artists from Saks Fifth Avenue’s at The Mall at Short Hills will provide a demonstration featuring the latest fall colors. Free; registration is required.

To register for these events, please call The Cancer Program Registration Line at 973-322-2671 or 1-888-724-7123 or www.barnabashealthcalendar.org/sbmc.

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