Learn & Live Breast Health Conference

The 2020 Learn & Live Breast Health Conference will take place the week of October 5th. Sessions will be virtual and take place at various times/days. 

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Monday, October 5 at Noon: Breast cancer is not a single disease; lessons learned using normal breast tissues from Komen Tissue Bank with Dr. Hari Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D, Komen Scholar. Nakshatri will provide a brief overview of current understanding of breast cancer, inter-individual differences in the normal breast itself and will describe a latest discovery in his lab related to the use of breast milk to identify and characterize breast cancer.

Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Tour of the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center with Komen Tissue Bank COO, Jill Henry. Although the pandemic is currently preventing the Komen Tissue Bank from actually collecting samples, learn more about what the Komen Tissue Bank does, how it collects, processes and distributes tissue and why it serves an important role in breast cancer research.

Wednesday, October 7 at Noon: It might be in your genes with Megan Tucker, MS, CGC.  Discussion on genetic factors that play a role in development of breast cancer.

Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m.: Putting the FUN in Fundraising, even during a pandemic Kyle Vannoni, founder of Tour de Komen will share how he started this annual bike ride from Fishers to Terre Haute in support of Komen Central Indiana, raising more than $100,000 last year and how the pandemic impacted the event and fundraising this year.

Friday, October 9 at Noon: Hot Topics in Metastatic Breast Cancer with Dr. Julie R. Gralow M.D. Scientific research has identified an increasing number of alterations at the gene and protein level in breast cancers that can serve as a target for therapy. Several new drugs have been recently approved that are directed to these targets, with many other agents under study. It is increasingly clear that a better understanding of a patient’s and a cancer’s unique genetics and genomics can offer new possibilities for individualized treatment of metastatic breast cancer. This talk will review emerging areas in the treatment of breast cancer and exciting areas of ongoing research.

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