Both care providers and patients are invited to learn the latest developments in all aspects of breast care
Empowering both doctors and patients is the driving force behind the first annual Best in Breast Care Conference – a new educational event for Southwestern Ontario focusing on the latest developments in all aspects of breast care.
Presented on Oct. 15 by the Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the full-day conference will feature leading experts in breast health, breast screening, diagnosis, treatment, reconstructive surgery, research, support, and survivorship. More than 400 attendees from across the region, including family physicians, nurses, surgeons, radiologists, other health care providers and the general public, are expected to take part.
“With significant changes in the last five years in the treatment of breast cancer, we felt it was important to bring together experts to share the latest information,” says conference co-chair Patricia Baruth, nurse practitioner with St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program. “In particular, we recognized a need to provide educational opportunities to our primary care physician partners who are responsible for follow-up care of patients after breast surgery and cancer treatment. At the same time, breast care patients need the latest facts and knowledge to take control of their health.”
The goal is to enhance care in the community and ensure all patients receive the same opportunity for excellence in care.
“We hope this annual conference will help family physicians, nurses and other health care professionals become more comfortable looking after breast cancer survivors,” says Dr. Tracy Sexton, radiation oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre’s London Regional Cancer Program and a member of the conference planning committee. “We want to provide them with tools to know how to care for these women and men, and when to refer back.”
For patients, adds Dr. Sexton, the conference will help dispel myths and misconceptions and arm survivors with the facts and knowledge they need for self-care.
The keynote speaker is Dr. May Lynn Quan from the University of Calgary, a surgical oncologist focused on improving outcomes for young women with breast cancer. The full agenda and registration is now available online
The conference is supported by ONERUN. For the past four years, the charity has donated funds to St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program through the 100 km run by ONERUN founder Theresa Carriere. Following the overwhelming success of the run, ONERUN is now focusing on education and youth.
“ONERUN's goal has always been about bringing awareness to everyONE in the breast cancer journey - from patients, to families, to doctors and specialists, says Carriere. “Supporting the conference is a natural connection to all and we are so pleased to play a role in making this happen.”
For more information:
Dahlia Reich, Communication Consultant
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
(519) 646-6100 ext. 65294, pager 10117
About St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program
The Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London offers comprehensive breast imaging, diagnostic and surgery services. The program brings together the dynamic, interdisciplinary breast care team of surgeons, radiologists, medical radiation technologists, ultrasound technologists, nurse navigators, advanced practice nurses, registered practical nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers and others in a setting that nurtures and support seamless, innovative care for patients focused on individualized care needs, collaboration among care providers and the best in care, teaching and research. The speciallydesigned Norton and Lucille Wolf Breast Care Centre is the main hub of St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program. The Breast Care Program, including the Norton and Lucille Wolf Breast Care Centre, is part of a large partnership initiative to improve the overall journey of breast care in London. Together, St. Joseph’s and London Health Sciences Centre provide the full complement of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the city, with teams working in close collaboration.
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, visit www.sjhc.london.on.ca