About this event

  • Date and time Mon 17 Jun 2019 from 10:00am to 7:20pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oncology

This meeting will focus on the latest updates on the scientific, clinical, and psychosocial aspects of breast cancer in young woman and the multi-disciplinary management of these cases, considering that the patients are at the peak of their careers, social life and reproductive years.

Understand how to advise on supportive care and survivorship issues, including fertility, menopausal concerns, body image, sexual functioning, genetic risk, and psychological health.

About the Sylvia Lawler prize:
Submission deadline: Wednesday 22 May 2019
Meeting date: Monday 17 June 2019
Prize: Two prizes of £250 to oral presenters and two prizes of £50 voucher to poster presenters
Open to: All scientists and clinicians in training
Topic: Young people with cancer

Abstracts (200 word limit) are invited from scientists and clinicians in training, themed on a clinical or basic scientific research project.

Two prizes will be awarded for the best scientific paper and the best clinical paper. The top 6 abstracts will be selected for oral presentations; a panel of judges will determine the best oral presentation and 2 applicants will be awarded the Sylvia Lawler Prize at the end of the meeting. Additionally, high quality abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be invited for poster presentations during the meeting.

Clinical research includes but is not limited to audit data, imaging studies, outcomes of surgical procedures. Translational studies such as genomic studies of clinical samples should be submitted for the basic/translational science prize. If the applicant is unsure of the appropriate prize to specify they should highlight this at the time of submission.

To submit, contact oncology@rsm.ac.uk


Standard pricing available until 16 June 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Associate RSM Student
£63.00 £39.00 £39.00 £39.00 £27.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£105.00 £65.00 £65.00 £45.00

Key speakers

Dr Ann H. Partridge

Dr Ann H. Partridge

Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Active Medical Staff, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Speaker's biography

Dr. Partridge's research focuses on psychosocial and medical outcomes of patients with cancer with a particular focus on young women with breast cancer and cancer survivorship issues. Current projects include a large prospective cohort study of young women with breast cancer, a randomized trial evaluating the efficacy of an educational and supportive care program for young women with breast cancer, evaluations of age, race and outcomes in breast cancer survivors, decision-making and quality of life in a large cooperative group breast cancer trial, and studies to improve understanding of and optimize cancer survivorship care.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Ian Smith, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

My Journey

Professor Ian Smith and Dr Bhawna Sirohi, President, Oncology Section, The Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Oncologist, Barts Health NHS Trust

My Journey

Dr Olar Adeyi

Session 1: Leah Ledermann Lecture

Professor Ian Smith

Breast Cancer in young women: Understanding differences to improve outcomes

Dr Ann H Partridge, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA

Panel discussion

Session 2: Managing effects of cancer treatment

Dr Anne Armstrong, Chair, National Cancer Research Institute Symptom Management Group, Christies, Manchester and Dr Judy King, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Fertility and planning a family

Dr Stuart Lavery, Consultant in Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Hammersmith Hospital

Menopausal symptoms

Dr Anne Armstrong

Sexual dysfunction

Dr Isobel White, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychosexual Practice Nursing, Risk and Quality, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Ms Jo Taylor, Founder, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Dr Stuart Lavery, Dr Isobel White, Dr Anne Armstrong and Dr Fharat Raja, Consultant Medical Oncologist, University College London Hospitals


Session 3: Controversies

Professor Stephen Johnston, Clinical Director for Breast, Lung and Medical Oncology Services CBU, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Ann Partridge

Complexities of surgery in young women

Mr Henry Cain, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Can we select YWBC who do not need chemotherapy?

Professor Stephen Johnston

Bisphosphonates in YWBC – who should not receive it?

Professor Rob Coleman, Director of Sheffield Cancer Research Centre and Associate Director of the National Cancer Research Network, Weston Park Hospital

Debate: Tumour profiling should be offered to all patients with advanced breast cancer

For: Dr Mark Verrill, Head of the Department of Medical Oncology, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne


Against: Professor Nic Turner, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break

Session 4: Social Media / Advocacy

Dr Susannah Stanway, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Ian Smith

Social media and patient care

Dr Richard Simcock, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sussex Cancer Centre, Brighton

MCBS/YWBC– choosing wisely in oncology

Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer and Global Health, Kings College London

Panel discussion

Dr Richard Simcock, Dr Susannah Stanway, Dr Ann Partridge, Dame Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Now, Dr Olar Adeyi, Patient Advocate and Ms Nicola Cunningham, Manager, Breast Cancer Haven, London

Closing remarks

Dr Bhawna Sirohi

Sylvia Lawler prize

Drinks reception

Poster viewing for Sylvia Lawler prize

Sylvia Lawler Prize oral presentations
Award of prize



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