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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center symposium focuses on total patient care

Trump ‘Apprentice’ regular and writer/actor on tap for motivation presentations

INDIANAPOLIS –  From diagnosis to post-therapy care, a patient with cancer faces a daunting obstacle course of challenges and options. Orchestrating a comprehensive plan of treatment is paramount.

A fully integrated approach – including research leading to new treatments – is what experts at the Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center have been forging with others in the medical community. And that is the impetus behind the 3rd annual Oncology Symposium, Friday, April 26.

“It’s vital to enhance the partnership between primary care and oncology practitioners,” said program moderator Peter Garrett, MD, the Center’s medical director and chair of the hospital’s Cancer Committee. “The symposium offers an opportunity for primary care physicians, nurses, oncologists and allied health professionals to discuss and explore integrated approaches to improving patient outcomes.”

Among the speakers and their topics that day:
·         Ben Tsai, MD, KendrickColon & Rectal Center – Advancements in colorectal surgery and research
·         Tim O’Donnell, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Plainfield Sports and Family Medicine – Integrative/complementary medicine and the effectiveness of treating cancer patients
·         Brian Sperl, MD, Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Advanced treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus
·         Luke Akard, MD, Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantation – Treatment regimens for blood-related cancers
·         Eric Rubenstein, MD, and Sarah Ali, MD - Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists – Unraveling the cancer genome and how research can lead to new and effective therapies
·         Erika Rager, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Breast Specialists, and David Moore, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Gynecologic Oncology Specialists – Maintaining wellness and well-being after the diagnoses of female cancers
·         Nadeem Ikhlaque, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists, and Faisal Khan, MD, Center for Respiratory and Sleep Medicine – Advances in lung cancer evaluation and treatment
·         Michael Murphy, MD, Indiana Skin Cancer Center – The latest advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin cancer

Two other non-clinical speakers also are on deck to make presentations. Bill Rancic, the original Donald Trump Apprentice and co-host of Style Network’s Guiliana and Bill, will explain how he and his wife (Giuliana) coped with her experience with breast cancer.

Actor/comedian Mack Dryden , former staff writer for ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, will take a light-hearted approach in discussing topics ranging from his survival of cancer to his “terrifying stay” in an overseas prison.

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