Capital Health to Host Pancreatic Cancer Conference for Public and Physicians

Pancreatic Cancer Conference to Focus on New Thinking About One of the Deadliest Cancers

Trenton, NJ (Oct. 16, 2012) - Capital Health will host the first annual Rose Kline Oncology Lecture on Pancreatic Cancer, on Saturday, November 10, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Entitled, “Pancreatic Cancer: A Changing Disease in Need of New Thinking,” the program is being held in connection with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The keynote speaker is Robert Wolff, MD, a nationally recognized expert in pancreatic cancer from MD Anderson Cancer Center. The program is open to the general public and offers continuing medical education credits for physicians.

According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It has the lowest 5 year survival rate of all major cancers at just 6 percent and 74 percent of patients will die in the first year. This year, nearly 43,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. and approximately 37,000 will die from the disease.

Topics covered include the role of advanced GI Endoscopy in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic neoplasm, minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of pancreatic cancer, determining which patients are surgical candidates, and an update on radiation treatment.

Later in the afternoon, the program will offer strategies for coping with and understanding a family’s experience with pancreatic cancer and nutrition advice for those with pancreatic cancer.

Physicians participating in the program include: Christopher J. Gannon, MD, FACS, a fellowship trained surgical oncologist that specializes in cancers of the liver, bile duct, and pancreatic cancer; Jason N. Rogart, MD, a fellowship trained interventional gastroenterologist and director of Interventional Gastroenterologist and Therapeutic Endoscopy at Capital Health; Francis E. Rosato, MD, FACS, a fellowship trained hepatobiliary surgeon with Advanced Surgical Associates of New Jersey who specializes in complex and minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat cancers in the gastrointestinal system; and Shirnett Williamson, MD, medical director of Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife Radiosurgery at Capital Health. Also participating in the program is Mindy Komosinsky, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator. All participating physicians will be available for questions and present throughout the information lecture.

Registration deadline is October 22, 2012 with a registration fee of $35. Registration is available online at www.capitalhealth.org/events.

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