CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Plastic Surgery Research Foundation, Inc., University Plastic Surgery, SC, and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science are jointly sponsoring the 2011 Chicago Breast Symposium, a unique one-day gathering of multidisciplinary breast care specialists from around the world. The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago will serve as host site on Saturday, October 15, during which leaders in their respective breast care fields will share the latest diagnostic, surgical, pre- and post-operative, reconstructive, survivorship and advocacy advancements in the world today.
Agenda topics include breakthrough microsurgeries performed at a limited number of centers nationwide, such as perforator flap reconstruction (diep, siea, sgap, tug) and nipple-sparing mastectomy with direct-to-implant reconstruction; genetics' advancements and new risk reduction strategies; the evolving role of post-mastectomy radiation; and even a survivorship session devoted to such topics as breast cancer and pregnancy, intimacy, talking to children, etc. In addition, speakers representing national and international organizations dedicated to breast care awareness, policy and advocacy will explore such thought-provoking subjects as the racial disparity in breast cancer mortality and strategies for attacking this problem head-on, and the recent effort in certain professional circles to pass federal legislation mandating that women receive information on breast reconstruction prior to mastectomy.
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The 2011 Chicago Breast Symposium features two session tracks: Session I – including primary care, genetics, oncology, breast surgery, radiation oncology and breast reconstruction; and Session II – including multidisciplinary breast care, care of the breast patient and survivorship. This one-day event has been designated for approval of a maximum seven hours of continuing education (CE) credit by Rosalind Franklin University (7 hr. CME), the Illinois Nurses Association (7 hr. CNE), and the Association of Surgical Technologists (7 hr. AST CE).
"We are extremely proud to be launching, in collaboration with Rosalind Franklin University, what we hope will become an annual Chicago Breast Symposium," said Loren S. Schechter, MD, FACS, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Chicago Medical School, founding member of Chicago Plastic Surgery Research Foundation and University Plastic Surgery, SC, and co-creator of the Chicago Breast Symposium. "The response from the professional breast care community to this first-time event has been nothing short of phenomenal, and I can easily see this growing into a major annual symposium."
In addition to respected global clinical and multidisciplinary breast care leaders comprising the day's agenda, among the local dignitaries scheduled to speak are Congressman Robert J. Dold and WGN TV's Dina Bair, a highly regarded medical journalist and cancer survivor.
Seating for the one-day event is limited. To register online, visit www.uplasticsurgery.com/events.html or contact Liz Gunnar at (847)967-5122 for more information. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is October 1.
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is located at 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL.
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