Friday, May 6, 2016

Oncology professionals gather for symposium in southwest Kansas

More than 50 medical professionals registered to attend the Oncology Symposium presented by Central Care Cancer Center at the newly expanded Heartland Cancer Center in Garden City, Kansas, on Saturday, April 30.

The event was planned in partnership with St. Catherine Hospital, the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the
outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center Area Health
Education Centers. Topics included:

  • HPV-Related cancer
  • Immunotherapy in cancer management
  • Managing pain for oncology patients
  • Breast cancer in 2016  

“News on research and treatment options is constantly evolving, and we thought a symposium would be a good way to share the latest updates with medical professionals across southwest Kansas,” explained Chief Nursing Officer for Central Care Cancer Center, Brenda Bernard, MSN, OCN, RN.

Symposium discussions ranged from incidence, prevalence and patterns of HPV in the region to updates on immunotherapy and comprehensive pain assessment to advances in the management of positive and triple negative breast cancer. The presentation on breast cancer in 2016 was given by Heartland Cancer Center oncologist Anis Toumeh, M.D.

“Physicians are always looking for the best options for their patients,” explained Toumeh. “Discussing the latest developments in different subtypes of breast cancer and the role of modifying agents in the care of bone health gives our colleagues practical information they can use when caring for patients in their local communities.”

According to Bernard, Central Care Cancer Center hopes to host more informational events at the expanded Cancer Center, for both medical professionals and community members, in the near future.

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