Media Advisory

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Note to Reporters and Editors: National Cancer Institute Hosts Meeting on Preoperative Therapy in Invasive Breast Cancer

What: “Preoperative Therapy in Invasive Breast Cancer: Reviewing the State of the Science and Exploring New Research Directions” will seek to determine the state of the science on this topic because preoperative therapy is increasingly being administered to women with breast cancer. Controversies exist, however, regarding optimal approaches.

Among the topics to be discussed are: What is established in the field of preoperative therapy for invasive breast cancer? How should what is known be properly applied? How should preoperative therapy be incorporated into research initiatives?

Leading breast cancer experts will be presenting the state of the science and engaging in panel discussions. At the conclusion of the meeting the invited participants will present a summary report of their findings and recommendations. For a complete agenda for the workshop, please go to This event will be webcast at

Who: Jo Anne Zujewski, M.D. (NCI)
Jeff Abrams, M.D. (NCI)
Julie Gralow, M.D. (U of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center): Co-chair
Eric Winer, M.D. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute): Co-chair
Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D. (ASCO President): Co-moderator
Cokie Roberts (NPR and ABC News): Co-moderator

When: Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27, 2007: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Press Availability session on March 27 at 4 p.m. in Natcher Room E1

Where: NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center, Main Auditorium, Bethesda, Md.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to use the Metro. The NIH campus can be easily accessed via the Medical Center stop on the Metro’s Red Line. For transportation, parking and security at NIH, go to

How: To register for the seminar, please contact the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at

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