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Seminar highlights future treatment of breast cancer

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The public is invited to the Breast Cancer: The Numbers That Really Matter and Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome Seminar sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and celebrate, learn and inspire. The free community program will be on Thursday. Dr. Eric Bernstein, oncologist with the Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center and Dr. Kathryn Zerbach, with Los Alamos Surgical Associates will be presenting. The program will be held, 5:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive, with a light supper followed at 6 p.m. with the seminar.
Dr. Eric Bernstein will present the basic epidemiology for patients with breast cancer. He will discuss the changes in breast cancer mortality relative to other cancers over time and what factors may influence the incidence and mortality in breast cancer. Absolute risk reduction will be explained, as well as the importance of this number in making treatment decisions. The relationship between pathologic findings and risk recurrence will be reviewed along with historical data. Dr. Bernstein will explain the differences in chemotherapy and hormone therapy and their role in risk reduction of breast cancer. Finally, he will discuss online tools such as Oncotype Dx and Adjuvant Online in making treatment decisions.


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