Date: 9/8/2009

Experts field breast cancer questions at Community Cancer Research annual fall symposium

A free, annual Fall Cancer Symposium is being offered to the public by The Community Cancer Research Foundation from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. This year’s program, “Breast Cancer 2009: Ask the Experts,” focuses on breast cancer and features presentations and discussions on the topic by distinguished professionals in the field, including Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School and Dr. Mary Nicholson of the Women’s Diagnostic Centers of Community Healthcare System.

Mary Nicholson, M.D., a Fellowship-trained, Dedicated Breast Radiologist on staff at Community Hospital in Munster will discuss “Who, When, What, Where & Why of Breast Cancer Treatment.” Nicholson serves as regional director of breast imaging services for Community Healthcare System. She also is part of the healthcare team that has earned high honors for the “Breast Care: Same-Day Results” project.

A question and answer session will follow Dr. Nicholson’s presentation which will include a team of accomplished physicians, including Terrence Dempsey, M.D., general surgeon; David Robinson, M.D., plastic surgeon; Neil Seif, M.D., radiation oncologist; James A. Wallace, M.D., medical oncologist; Heidi Nordbrock, M.D., pathologist and Janice Zunich, M.D., medical geneticist.

The second symposium speaker, Julie Silver, M.D., is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Silver will discuss “Super Healing: Maximizing Your Physical & Emotional Recovery.” In 2003, Dr. Silver was recognized for her work helping people to physically heal by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce with the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) award. That same year, at the age of 38, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her toxic, though life-saving treatments, she was exhausted and in poor physical health. After rehabilitating herself, she became dedicated to helping other survivors physically heal as well as possible. Dr. Silver is the co-founder of Oncology Rehabilitation Partners (, a company dedicated to advancing survivorship care by training healthcare providers in evidence-based oncology rehabilitation.

Dr. Silver’s message is one of hope and healing. An upbeat speaker, she is most interested in empowering people and giving them the tools they need to heal. Her physician colleagues have selected her for a “Top Doctors” award annually for many years, and in 2006, the American Cancer Society bestowed her with the prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life award in recognition for her work with cancer survivors.

She is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books focusing on recovery from serious illnesses and injuries. A Cure magazine book reviewer wrote of her title, After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger, “This is one you need... she understands." Dr. Silver’s latest book, What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope is published by the American Cancer Society and received the Mom’s Choice Award (2009).
Dr. Silver has been featured on The Early Show, The Today Show, ABC News Now, AARP Radio, NPR radio, and many other media outlets.

The Fall Cancer Symposium is sponsored by Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. and the Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital, working together for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and the program begins at 6 p.m. There will be a short intermission between speakers and a reception with refreshments to follow. The symposium is free, but registration is necessary in advance by calling 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.
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