5th annual breast cancer forum: What causes breast cancer? What cures it?


Friday 14 September 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

RSM Professionals , Pink Ribbon


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about this event

We are delighted to partner with Pink Ribbon to deliver the fifth annual breast cancer forum. This year we look at the causes of breast cancer, and how can it be prevented and cured, with unique international perspectives.

Learn about the various pathological, genetic and lifestyle risk factors of breast cancer, as well as techniques for detecting and preventing breast cancer, and review the latest treatments and procedures on offer.  

The forum provides great networking and learning opportunities in the heart of London, just before breast cancer awareness month. Medical practitioners from all parts of the patient management cycle, as well as patient groups and campaigners can benefit from the forum. All delegates are invited to post-conference drinks and networking.  

We also have 10% discounts for block bookings and previous delegates. Simply email rsmprofessionals@rsm.ac.uk for more information. Please note, all delegates must be booked at once to access the discount.

Topics covered

  • The latest theories of genetic causes of breast cancer, both from UK and international speakers.
  • The pathology of breast cancer is described in different nations, comparing best practices in America and Europe systems in Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), in Africa and Asia. 
  • Key developments in some neglected areas of breast cancer pharmacology, including triple negative, brain metastases and male breast cancer. 
  • New research linking breast cancer and pregnancy outcomes. 
  • Political approaches to beating breast cancer.

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9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.40 am

Welcome and introduction

Mr Gerard Dugdill, Publishing Director, Pink Ribbon and Dr Kath Thompson, Breast Cancer Veteran, pharmaceutical physician and author of From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

Session one

9.50 am

Introductory speech

Dr Virginia Kaklamani, Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio

10.20 am

An introduction to a modern breast cancer charity

Mrs Wendy Watson, Founder of the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

10.35 am

Who gets breast cancer?

Professor Gareth Evans, Professor of Medical Genetics and Cancer Epidemiology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

11.00 am

Breast cancer risk, hormones and prevention

Professor Mitch Dowsett, Professor of Biochemical Endocrinology, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

11.30 am

Panel discussion

11.45 am

Tea and coffee break

12.00 pm

Royal College of Pathologists: Welcome and introduction

Dr Rachael Liebmann, Consultant Histopathologist and Deputy Medical Director, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Vice President for Communications, The Royal College of Pathologists

12.20 pm

Not all Breast Cancers are the Same: International Comparisons between Egypt, India, Nigeria and the UK

Dr Abeer Shabaan, Consultant Pathologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Breast Subspecialty Lead, West Midlands Clinical Research Network

12.40 pm

Kenya: Evidence, Research, Challenges and Solutions

Dr Shahin Sayed, Consultant Histopathologist, Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi Secretary-General, College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa

1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Pathological perspectives - Sudan

Dr Hania Morsi Fadl, Founder and Chief Executive, Khartoum Breast Cancer Care Centre (Sudan)

2.20 pm

Iraq: Comparative Behaviour Of Breast Cancer among Iraqi and British Patients

Professor Dr Nada A S Alwan (MD, PhD), Professor of Pathology, University Of Baghdad Founding Director, National Cancer Research Centre/Program


Question and answer session

Session Two

3.00 pm

Surgical considerations: enhanced recovery and day case management

Jo Marsden, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

3.30 pm

Key challenges in MBC: Triple negative disease and brain metastases

Chris Twelves, Professor of clinical cancer pharmacology and oncology, Leeds Institute of Cancer Studies and Pathology, University of Leeds

4.00 pm

Male breast cancer

Miss Tasha Gandamihardja, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Broomfield Hospital

4.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

4.30 pm

Pregnancy and breast cancer: a research outline

Dr Neha Tabassum, PhD Research Scholar, Imperial College London

4.50 pm

Genetic counselling: a counsellor-patient interaction

Ms Vicki Kiesel, GeneHealth UK and Ms Margaret Parker

5.05 pm

Mental health: right from diagnosis

Annie Belasco, Cancer Survivor and Author

5.20 pm

Panel discussion

5.30 pm

Close of meeting

5.35 pm

Drinks reception

Cavendish Room

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Pink Ribbon research and reports

research and reports

Read the latest featured research and news articles on the Pink Ribbon website, including speaker Miss Neha Tabassum's research on breast cancer-associated risks of pregnancy.

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Amy LingardTel: 020 7290 2983 Fax: 020 7290 2992 Email: rsmprofessionals@rsm.ac.uk arrow