October 10, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 35

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Breast cancer symposium deadline set

Breast cancer remains a leading cause of death among women. The Division of Medical Oncology at the Health Science Center has been at the forefront of breast cancer research for more than 25 years.

The Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) jointly created the San Antonio Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and have conducted an annual breast cancer symposium since 1978. It was a local meeting sponsored by the San Antonio Breast Cancer Task Force. The two institutions assumed direct sponsorship of the symposium in 1995.

The symposium, which started as a one-day meeting directed by Drs. Charles Coltman, Jr., and the late William McGuire, both Health Science Center professors of medicine, is Dec. 6-9 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie. A call for abstracts was distributed worldwide. (The deadline is the same every year, June 1.) Recent symposia have attracted nearly 600 abstract submissions.

The symposium objective is to provide state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis and therapy of breast cancer and pre-malignant breast disease to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers.

Top international speakers will address current problems, developments and trends, and will bring new insights about issues of importance in the field. The symposium also will offer slide and poster presentations selected from proffered abstracts, of which nearly 450 were published last year. This year’s William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture, "Molecular Markers in Breast Cancer: Where Are We, Where Are We Going?" will be presented by Dr. Trevor J. Powles, Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey, England.

The scientific program consists of invited lectures and mini-symposia by experts in clinical and basic research, selected slide and poster presentations, and case discussions. General sessions are two to three hours in duration and are the vehicle for slide presentations, which are allotted 10 minutes each followed by five minutes of discussion. Poster sessions are two hours long.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Regular registration cost is $300 early, $400 on site.
  • Postdoctoral M.D. in training cost is $50 early, $65 on site.
  • Postdoctoral Ph.D. in training cost is $50 early, $65 on site.
  • Patient advocate/survivor cost is $50 early, $65 on site.
  • HSC faculty or staff cost is $50 early, $65 on site.
  • CTRC faculty or staff cost is $50 early, $65 on site.
  • Students can attend free of cost.

Group registrations must be received by Oct. 20 and all others by Oct. 31.

For information, visit www.sabcs.saci.org.