Roundtables Highlight Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Susan Brown, Health Editor

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Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), in collaboration with the Ron Foley Foundation and Verastem, will sponsor roundtable discussions for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November, featuring physician experts in the field of pancreatic cancer, according to WCHN spokeswoman, Diane Burke.

The first program will be held on Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016, at The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, in Westport, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Panelists will be medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Naveen Anand, oncology surgeon Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jr., dietitian and oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber, RD, CSO, and board-certified genetic counselor Susan Ingram, MS, CGC.

The second discussion will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at Danbury Hospital, Robilotti Conference Room, 24 Hospital Avenue, in Danbury, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Panelists will be surgical oncologist Dr. Frank Cannizzo, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Brandwein, Director of Cancer Research at WCHN and medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, Division Chief of Oncology/Hematology at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Dr. Vincent Rella, oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber, RD, CSO, and board-certified Genetic Counselor Susan Ingram, MS, CGC.

Burke says that topics discussed will include the role of screening for pancreatic cancer, including innovative new research on the topic; diagnostic, surgical and medical treatment and advances; and genetics and nutrition.

The programs are open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is required and light refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, call Julianne Artman, MHA, RN, OCN at 203-739-6948.

Western Connecticut Health Network’s Danbury Hospital Praxair Cancer Center, New Milford Hospital Diebold Cancer Center and Norwalk Hospital Whittingham Cancer Center have received national “Accreditation with Commendation” as Comprehensive Care Programs by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for cancer care, Burke reports.