Date: 9/15/2010

Experts explore new treatment therapies at Community Cancer Research Foundation Annual Fall Symposium

New therapies to treat both mind and body are the focus of the free, annual Fall Cancer Symposium being offered to the public from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. Sponsored by The Community Cancer Research Foundation, this year’s program, “Cancer Treatment Therapies Targeting Body & Mind,” features presentations and discussions by distinguished professionals in the field, including Dr. Ruta D. Rao of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kari Kendra of Ohio State University and Pamela Kozy, RMT, EEM-CP, certified Energy Medicine practitioner.

Medical oncologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ruta D. Rao, M.D. will discuss “Genomics and Breast Cancer Treatment.” A dynamic area of research, genomics studies groups of genes and gene activity to help patients and their doctors make informed, individualized treatment decisions. Gene activity can influence how a cancerous tumor is likely to grow and respond to treatment. It looks at which patterns of gene expression within a tumor are linked to a response to cancer therapy, or to the likelihood that the cancer will return or metastasize. Genomics can help women and their doctors make decisions about whether or not to include chemotherapy in their treatment plan. It can also help indicate how likely it is that a woman’s cancer may return in the future.

Associate of Ohio State’s Department of Internal Medicine, Kari Kendra, M.D. will discuss the integral role vaccines are playing as a new form of cancer treatment therapy. Ohio State’s Oncology Division is a leader in early drug development, human cancer genetics and biological response modifiers in the treatment of cancer and its complications. Dr. Kendra currently serves as co-investigator and collaborator to numerous clinical trials regarding upcoming cancer treatment therapies. Her work on immunotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment has been published in many research papers, books and journals.

Certified Energy Medicine practitioner Pamela Kozy will discuss how natural and traditional methods of healing can work together to assist in the healing process. Energy Medicine is the science of optimizing your energies to help the mind and body function at their best. She will lead an interactive demonstration showing how Energy Medicine can help improve your health, sharpen your mind, and increase your vitality.

The Fall Cancer Symposium is sponsored by the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., working toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Doors open for registration at 5:30 p.m. 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.