Meeting Report: Breast Cancer Alliance Symposium


logo breast cancer allianceOn September 15, 2020, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation helped sponsor the Breast Cancer Alliance’s annual Medical Symposium: Hot Topics in Breast Cancer.

The event was moderated by Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, and featured a panel of four clinicians and experts in cancer care. The group discussed a wide range of topics, including challenges presented by COVID-19, advances in breast cancer treatment, potential cardiac complications of cancer therapy, diet, stress, and lifestyle management. Woodruff asked the panelists to address several questions including where individuals should go if they are interested in clinical trials.|

The symposium audience included both patients and medical professionals. Breast Cancer Alliance distributed an educational booklet which includes a five-page article on focused ultrasound approaches to treating breast cancer by Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships.

The symposium panelists included:

  • Elizabeth Nichols, MD
    Associate Professor and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC
    MedStar Georgetown, Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Georgetown University; Director, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardio-Oncology Program.
  • Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, FAND
    Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University Member, George Washington University Cancer Center
  • Angela Pennisi, MD
    Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Breast Medical Oncologist, Board certified: Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine

“By partnering with organizations who share our passion for results and collaboration, the Foundation expands its reach in the global community, deepens stakeholder investment, and leverages our donors’ contributions to advance our mission,” said Foundation Director of Clinical Relationships, Suzanne LeBlang, MD. “The Breast Cancer Alliance’s meeting served as a valuable resource for patients and physicians, and we hope that we were able to educate attendees on focused ultrasound’s potential to treat this disease.”

Watch the Symposium Recording >