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The hospitals of Community Healthcare System offer many free and low-cost educational programs, screenings and support to help people live healthier, manage a chronic disease or recover from a serious illness.

Search here for class offerings throughout our healthcare system, which includes Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. If you would like in-person assistance to find a particular class or resource, call 219-836-3477or toll free 1-866-836-3477. This service, which includes assistance in Spanish, is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm, and accepts registration for many of our classes.

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10/29/2014 - Cancer Symposium 2014-Common Cancers in Women

Please join us for our Annual Cancer Symposium.

"How to Decipher the Pathology of Breast Cancer"
Brenda Eriksen, MD
Medical Director of Pathology
Community Healthcare System

Dr. Eriksen is an expert in the diagnosis of disease based on laboratory analysis. She is known for her contributions to the award-winning "Breast Care: Same-Day Results" project that enables a woman to know the results of her screening mammogram within the same visit and, in case a non-surgical biopsy is necessary, know the results the same day as the test. When the breast is biopsied, samples taken are studied under the microscope by a pathologist. Dr. Eriksen will help translate the information in the follow up report that is sent to the doctor and helps to manage the plan of care.

"Cervical Cancer Screening: Enhancing the Pap Smear"
Jane Houldsworth, PhD
Vice President of Research and Development
Cancer Genetics, Inc.

Several screening programs for cervical cancer have been successfully implemented in the clinical community, and are comprised of tests based on the appearance of abnormal cells in specimens, and more recently, based on HPV type. As vice president of research and development at Cancer Genetics, Dr. Houldsworth leads ongoing research projects for cervical cancer screening, including the establishment of their proprietary FISH-based testing.

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

There will be a short intermission between speakers and a reception with refreshments to follow .

Location: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd - Munster, IN
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration: Please call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477 to register.
Cost: Free

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