News Release

Friday, May 4, 2007

Pinn Point on Women’s Health Breast Cancer Advances in Detection, Treatment and Cure

The Office of Research on Women’s Health is broadcasting the second in a series of podcasts, “Pinn Point on Women’s Health,” hosted by Dr. Vivian Pinn, Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and the Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health. The monthly podcast will discuss the latest news in women’s health research and will include conversations with guests on a variety of subjects. In this episode, Dr. Pinn discusses new developments in the detection, treatment and cure of breast cancer, a major health concern for women and their families, with Dr. Larissa Korde, National Cancer Institute Staff Clinician and Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens, Program Director, Cancer Prevention Branch, Medical Oncologist, National Cancer Institute.

“While we don’t have all the answers yet,” emphasized Dr. Pinn, we are making great strides in understanding breast cancer, the most common malignancy in women.” Drs. Korde and McCaskill-Stevens both agreed that the wave of the future is to explore the concept of individualized treatment in order to develop targeted therapies for breast cancer.

“Podcasting” is a relatively new method of distributing audio and video information via the Internet to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the user’s convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want to. Because podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can also be listened to on nearly any computer.

To listen to Dr. Pinn’s podcast, log on to the ORWH homepage at: Under the section ORRWH Presents: Pinn Point on Women’s Health, click on Listen. If you need further assistance on how to use podcasts, go to:

For questions, contact Marsha Love at the Office of Research on Women’s Health; (301) 496-9472 or

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