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Insights Into Cancer – June 12, 2012

Breast Cancer Treatment 2012: Surgical & Medical Perspectives in Diagnosis, Treatment and Recurrence Prevention

Presented by Raquel Parti, MD and Olga Olevsky, MD

About the Lecture

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed in women and is an everchanging field with new considerations in both surgical and medical oncology care. Axillary lymph node dissection or sentinel lymph node biopsy is important for staging and therapeutic purposes. To know the status of the axilla is unquestionably important when determining prognosis and when deciding further therapeutic local and systemic modalities that will be part of a particular patient’s treatment course. Axillary lymph node dissection and sentinel lymph node biopsy are discussed as well as overall recommendations for either procedure. However, this is just the first step in decision making as breast cancer often requires multimodal systemic therapies such as hormonal treatments, chemotherapy and targeted therapies. New molecular classifications are changing how breast cancer is treated along with prognostic assays such as MammaPrint and Oncotype DX which shape decisions. Many women want to participate in optimizing their wellness and reduce the risk of recurrence and diet, exercise and vitamin D recommendations are also addressed.

About the Speaker

Raquel Parti, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She works as a Breast Surgeon at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Dr. Prati received her M.D. degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and is a board certified breast surgeon from Brazil since 2003, completing additional research and clinical fellowship in the United States at UCLA. She has been a Professor at UCLA since 2007, exclusively dedicating her clinical and surgical practice to breast diseases, mostly cancer.
Olga Olevsky, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is Board Certified Medical Oncologist that specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Olevsky has been a medical oncologist for over five years and an internist for more than a decade. She has an active practice in Santa Monica and works closely with the team of outstanding breast cancer researchers here at UCLA.

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