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TV Smart Talk: A community conversation about breast cancer

TV Smart Talk: A community conversation about breast cancer

Written by  Facing Cancer Together
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Smart Talk host Nell McCormack-Abom guides a community conversation on all aspects of breast cancer... diagnosis, treatment, surgery, advocacy, research, emotions, and life after cancer.

Learn more about the special guest panelists:

mammogram_screeningDr. Randall Oyer, an oncologist and medical director of the cancer program at our Facing Cancer Together  partner, Lancaster General Health, shares a positive message about what a breast-cancer diagnosis means for women in our community.  "My hope is that there's a very clear path, there's good, tolerable treatment and we expect the person to be cured," he says.

Dr. Thomas Bauer, is a surgeon with WellSpan Surgical Oncology, another partner in our Facing Cancer Together initiative.  Dr. Bauer has spent the last 20 years focused on breast surgery and, according to WellSpan, "has been in the top ten percent of many of the national clinical trials which have changed how breast surgery is done today."

Leigh Hurst. a breast cancer survivor, saw an opportunity to energize young women, those around age 25, who tend to think of themselves as invincible.  She founded the “Feel Your Boobies Foundation , one of the largest breast-cancer nonprofits on social media.  She funnels most of the earnings from the enterprise right back into the public-awareness campaign.

Leslie Vogel is a patient advocate at PinnacleHealth's Women's Cancer Center .  She's also a breast cancer and ovarian cancer survivor.  As a member of the national BRAC Pack she counsels patients and support groups about the importance of identifying whether they have this genetic mutation.  Knowledge is power and Leslie feels stronger knowing that she has armed her family, and hundreds of other women, with the facts about their genetic risk for cancer and how to combat it.  "It's a gift," Leslie says. 

These panelists along with an audience of cancer survivors, cancer researchers and oncologists, engage in an informative and emotional conversation about where we stand with breast cancer.  You won't want to miss this special episode.  Watch it in the video below.

And, click here to watch the inspiring collection of breast cancer survivors' stories that opened the Forum.

If your life has been touched by cancer, you can share your own story by adding a patch to our interactive Digital Quilt.  We're connecting the stories of lives touched by cancer there.  We hope you'll join us in sharing wisdom and hope.

You can learn more about breast cancer by following breast cancer survivors' stories at our Personal Journal blog.  And, explore more breast cancer stories about survivors, research and treatments at our website.


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