Holy Cross Hospital will host a free educational forum on Saturday, March 28 focusing on the importance of anal cancer screening, new treatments for the disease and life after treatment.
The event has been sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The late actress was diagnosed with Anal Cancer in 2006 and started her foundation at that time. She intended on running it, but succumbed to anal cancer in 2009 after a valiant fight against the disease. The FFF mission is to fund innovative research, spread the message of prevention/awareness and to help those struggling with a diagnosis. www.thefarrahfawcettfoundation.org.
According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the rate of deaths attributed to the disease between 2002 – 2011 rose nearly four percent each year while the rates of new anal cancer cases have also been increasing at the rate of two percent each year over the past decade.
Entitled “Anal Cancer: Today’s Approach, Tomorrow’s Strategies,” the educational forum will be led by: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center medical oncologist Eunice Kwak, MD; Theodore Hong, MD, director of gastrointestinal service and associate clinical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital; Lorraine Drapek, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP; and Holy Cross Hospital colorectal surgeon, Elie Schochet, MD.
Health care providers in family and internal medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery and colorectal surgery are encouraged to attend the event which is also open to the general public. Continuing education credits for health care providers are available.
Following registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., the March 28th forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sister Innocent Conference Center on the Holy Cross Campus located at 4725 North Federal Highway. To RSVP, clinicians may call 954-351-7833 or email Gwenn.Shapiro@holy-cross.com. The general public may RSVP to 954-351-5886.
Holy Cross Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, recently entered into a five-year affiliation agreement that expands their collaboration on new ways to provide leading-edge oncology care to their mutual patients.