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Declaring War on Cancer at Stony Brook Medicine
SBUH cancer specialists meet with community to discuss prevention and treatment


Media Contact:  Stony Brook Medicine Media Relations Office, 631-444-7880

WHAT: On March 22 at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, participants can get up-close and personal with world-class cancer specialists during an informative and interactive day to learn about the latest advances in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of several cancers. 

This free event titled “Spring Community Update: The Prevention and Treatment of Cancer” is being hosted by the Stony Brook University Cancer Center and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

WHY: After the success of two previous community health events, “Keeping Your Heart Healthy at Every Age” and “Women’s Health Day,” Stony Brook Medicine is at it again, and this time the topic is cancer! 

Cancer cases are expected to rise by 57% worldwide in the next 20 years according to the World Health Organization. The 2014 World Cancer Report predicts new cancer cases will escalate from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades. WHO reported that the rising incidence of cancer, brought about primarily by the growing and aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on prevention and early detection.

At this event, Long Islanders will have an exclusive look into the newest developments in gynecologic, colon, lung, thyroid, bone, head and neck cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphoma, from Stony Brook Medicine’s world-class doctors. 


  • Keynote Speaker: “Treatments and Trials, The Progress We’ve Made!” -- Michael W. Schuster, MD, Director, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Program and Hematologic Malignancy Program
    • “Innovations Improve Colon and Rectal Cancer Treatments”-- Matthew Barish, MD, Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Valmore Suprenant, MD, Interventional Radiologist; Paula Denoya, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery; Dr. Roberto Bergamaschi, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
    • “The Latest News in Lung Cancer”-- Sajive Aleyas, MD, Co-Director, Lung Cancer Evaluation Center; Thomas Bilfinger, MD, Co-Director, Lung Cancer Evaluation Center
    • “Understanding the Influence of Heredity in Breast and Ovarian Cancers” -- Melissa Henretta, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology; Christine Rizk, MD, Surgeon, Division of Breast Surgery
    • “Update on Kidney, Bladder and Prostate Cancers” -- Wayne Waltzer, MD, Professor & Chair Department of Urology; John Fitzgerald, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urology; Anthony Corcoran, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
    • “Team Approach to Musculoskeletal Oncology” -- Fazel Khan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics
    • “Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Management” -- Kevin Watkins, MD, Chief, Division of Upper Gastrointestinal and General Oncologic Surgery; Philip Bao, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery; Jonathan Buscaglia, MD, Director, Advanced Endoscopy
    • “The Latest News in Head and Neck Cancers” -- Ghassan Samara, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Leader, Head and Neck, Thyroid Oncology Team; Mark Marzouk, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


VISUALS: A special presentation of “The Catalysts,” an adaption inspired by artwork created for the book “Lilly Oncology on Canvas.”

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, registration begins at 8:30 am; event begins at 9:30, ends at 3 pm.

WHERE: Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY.

DIRECTIONS: LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road. Cross Nesconset Highway (Route 347). Follow University signs; turn left into Main Entrance (second entrance) onto Shirley Kenny Drive. Follow entrance roadway to parking garage, which is attached to the Administration Building. The Charles B. Wang Center is straight across from the parking garage. 



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