Joins dozens of Roswell Park experts presenting their work at annual conference
- Panel discussion to address new approaches to prevent and cure the disease
- Themes of conference include health equity, metastatic breast cancer
- Symposium runs December 6-10
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will be well-represented at this week’s 45th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), running Tuesday through Saturday, December 6-10, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Christine Ambrosone, PhD, Chair of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control and the Jayne and Phil Hubbell Family Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention, will join other distinguished speakers in a panel Tuesday afternoon, from 12-2 p.m., called “Overcoming the Big Obstacles to Find Solutions to Breast Cancer,” discussing new approaches to address the challenges of accomplishing the goal of not just preventing, but finding a cure for breast cancer. She is one of 10 panelists, each of whom will present for 15 minutes on their assigned topic, with a broader conversation to follow.
This marks the first time the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium has convened such a large panel to discuss specific issues surrounding breast cancer research.
“Although there is no strong single cause of breast cancer such as we see for smoking ang lung cancer which if eliminated could prevent the disease, we are making strides to determine who is most at risk due to the combined effects of a number of risk factors, including genetics,” Dr. Ambrosone says. “The ultimate goal is to identify who is most at risk for breast cancers that are likely to have poor outcomes, such as triple negative breast cancer, for intensified screening and preventive interventions. In the near future, we expect that scientific advances will make that happen.”
Other themes of the conference include health equity and the use of “big data” to impact outcomes; abstracts on HER2-low breast cancer research and how novel approaches to treating breast cancer are helping patients with metastatic breast cancer live longer with a higher quality of life.
Dr. Ambrosone is among dozens of Roswell Park researchers whose work is being shared in poster or spotlight sessions throughout this year’s meeting.
Established in 1977, SABCS has grown from a one-day regional conference to a five-day gathering of experts from around the world sharing information and ideas on breast cancer research. It aims to achieve a balance of clinical, translational and basic research and to provide a forum for interaction, communication and education for researchers, health professionals and those with an interest in breast cancer.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.
Rebecca Vogt, Media Relations Specialist