Woodbury, NY - November 4, 2016 - On Wednesday, November 2, nearly 300 people including cancer experts, reconstructive surgeons, researchers, nurses, breast cancer survivors and advocacy groups gathered at the sixth annual Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) Breast Cancer Summit at the Woodlands in Woodbury. The event is a free community service program that focuses on patient education, featuring an overview of the latest developments in breast cancer treatment, reconstruction, patient options and resources.
The keynote speech by Shannon Miller, 7-time Olympic Medalist, cancer survivor, author and philanthropist, had the audience rapt as she talked about the fear and debilitation that cancer can inflict on even the most fit and fine-tuned athlete – and the determination that she found to successfully battle the disease. Miller was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued dedication to empowering women through education and awareness.
Photo credit: Lawrence Eisner.
Following a heartfelt welcome by Dr. Roger L. Simpson, President of LIPSG, attendees heard from Dr. Scot Bradley Glasberg, Past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, who spoke about the latest updates to the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act. Johanna Lee, EdD, RN, Breast Health Navigator at Winthrop University Hospital’s Breast Health Program provided valuable information about Clinical Trials and Dr. Thomas Davenport of LIPSG offered great insight into treatment options for lymphedema.
Pictured is Anne Hogan and her surgeon Dr. Noël Natoli of LIPSG. Photo credit: Lawrence Eisner.
In an emotional and uplifting talk, Long Island breast cancer survivor Anne Hogan – now a volunteer with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program – spoke of learning about breast reconstruction options at the LIPSG Breast Cancer Summit many years after her treatment for breast cancer and the tremendously rewarding experience she had thanks to LIPSG surgeon Dr. Noël Natoli. And an enlightening panel discussion titled “Innovations in Breast Cancer Reconstruction” featured LIPSG surgeons Tommaso Addona, Barry K. Douglas, Michael Dobryansky and Matthew S. Kilgo. The event was live-streamed for those who could not attend the event in person.
In the event’s vendor expo, sponsors and affiliated organizations offered a wealth of information to participants.
For additional information about the 2016 Breast Cancer Summit or Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, please contact Jeanine DiGennaro, Director of Marketing at LIPSG, at (516) 629-3835 or email.