Brooklyn College Cancer Center to host first Brooklyn Breast Cancer Symposium

A patient gets screened for breast cancer.
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Furthering its mission to engage the community with cancer-related information and support, the Brooklyn College Cancer Center (BCCC-CURE) will participate in the first Brooklyn Breast Cancer Symposium with Maimonides Medical Center (MMC), SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on Friday, Oct. 29, from 8:50 am to 1:05 pm, according to Brooklyn College (BC) News.

It said all events are free, online and open to the public.

In a four-part symposium, Brooklyn College faculty members Maria Contel, director of BCCC-CURE; Jenny Basil, associate director Community Outreach; and Brian Gibney, associate director, Education, will join a dozen physicians, researchers and nurse practitioners from Maimonides Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to discuss a wide range of topics related to breast health, BC News said.

It said two sessions will focus on research including basic science research, preclinical studies and clinical trials.

One session, “Taking Charge of Your Breast Health During a Pandemic,” is devoted to public outreach, BC News said.

It said the final session will be a conversation with prospective and current nursing students and professionals. The event is also supported by Dr. Donna Marie E. Manasseh, chief, Breast Surgery from Maimonides Medical Center.

The Brooklyn College Cancer Center (CommUnity Outreach, Research and Education) BCCC-CURE was established in 2020 at Brooklyn College.

Its mission is “to enhance the lives of patients affected by cancer with a special focus on Brooklyn residents,” BC News said.

“Through this center, Brooklyn College seeks to expand its fundamental (basic and applied) research on cancer and combine research forces with local (New York City) cancer treatment centers and hospitals, and Brooklyn communities, while delivering first-class educational opportunities to our undergraduate and graduate students,” it said.

Twenty-five faculty members are already engaged in cancer or cancer-related research at Brooklyn College, BC News said.

Although many of the center’s activities began in fall 2020, it said the center’s official inauguration will be held in fall 2021.

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