Date: 9/26/2012

Women & Cancer focus of Research Foundation Fall Symposium

Therapies used in the treatment of women’s cancers are the focus of the free, annual Fall Symposium being offered to the public from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

Sponsored by The Community Cancer Research Foundation, this year’s program, “Women & Cancer,” features presentations by distinguished professionals in the field. On staff at Community Hospital in Munster, Dr. Mohamad Kassar, Dr. Sameer Sharma, Mary Pawlicki, PT, CLT-LANA and Sue DeGroate, OTR, CLT, will be leading this year’s discussions with topics relating to women’s gynecological cancers.

Medical oncologist Mohamad Kassar, M.D. will provide an overview on the treatment of ovarian cancer titled, “Ovarian Cancer: Current Management and Future.”

“The treatment of gynecological malignancies, especially ovarian cancer, is a rapidly evolving field,” Kassar said. “Multiple-targeted and biological therapies are now being incorporated in the treatment regimens of these cancers, offering better therapeutic options that we hope — in the future —will provide higher cure rates, better survival rates and an improved quality of life,” he said.

Specializing in the treatment of women’s cancers, Sameer Sharma, M.D. will discuss “Role of Robotic Surgery in Gynecologic Malignancies.” Dr. Sharma has experience in using the latest in surgical approaches to ovarian, fallopian tube, endometrial and uterine cancers, including da Vinci Si® and other laparoscopic technology.

Certified Lymphedema Therapist Mary Pawlicki received her bachelor of science in Physical Therapy from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. She has been a Certified Lymphedema therapist since 2002 and LANA certified since 2008. Together with Sue DeGroate, OTR, CLT, she will discuss “Lymphedema: Reducing the Risk.” This chronic swelling condition occurs with an abnormal accumulation of water and proteins in the tissues. As certified lymphedema therapists (CLT), Mary and Sue provide education and instruction in therapeutic exercises and home management techniques to help patients manage symptoms.

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.