18th Cape Breton Cancer Symposium focuses on patient journey

After a two year hiatus, the Cape Breton Cancer Symposium has returned. The theme of this year’s symposium is Breast Cancer: “When Evidence Meets the Patient”. It will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Highland Arts Theatre, 40 Bentinck in Sydney.

The symposium is taking a different approach this year as it follows breast cancer survivor Stacey Brygidyr-Rogers through her journey as a patient and what health care providers can learn from it.

“The cancer journey is one of ups and downs and this is a good opportunity for doctors to see what that is like for a patient,” she says. “You are in this journey together but you are approaching it in different ways. It’s important to show doctors and other care providers the impact each stage has on the patient so they can keep the patient and disease separate. See the patient, treat the disease and sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the most impact.”

Stacey’s journey will be interspersed with presentations that show the clinical side of the breast cancer care. These include discovering a lump, removing and diagnosing tissues, what goes into making the surgical decision, breath hold radiotherapy, developments in breast cancer treatment and more.

Three annual awards will also be presented during the event: the Cape Breton Cancer Symposium Community Award, the Mona Baryluk Clinical Award of Excellence, and the Cape Breton Cancer Centre Supportive Care Award. They will be presented at 12 p.m. during the symposium.

Also new this year, symposium registration has been opened to the public. Registration is $30 and seating is limited for members of the public. To register, contact Dawn Carey at 902-567-8074 or dawn.carey@nshealth.ca.

The symposium is presented by the Cape Breton Cancer Centre which is part of Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Cancer Care Program and Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education.

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Note to Reporters/Editors: An agenda is included with this release. Dr. Ron MacCormick and Stacey Brygidyr-Rogers will be available on Monday, Sept. 24 & Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the mornings for interviews. Please call ahead to arrange an interview time.

Media Contacts:
Greg Boone, 902-567-7791/902-565-6872, Greg.Boone@nshealth.ca
Christine Smith, 902-222-9739 (day of the symposium)