2019 Breast Cancer Symposium

Bringing together top thought-leaders in breast cancer innovation, clinical care and research.

The 3nd Annual Henry Ford Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Symposium will feature national breast cancer experts, focusing on advances in the multidisciplinary approach to manage breast cancer care for high-risk patients and innovative treatment options.

When: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019

Where: Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront – Detroit, Michigan

Complimentary valet parking available at the hotel

6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits Available

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Pre-symposium public lecture

6 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019, Crowne Plaza Detroit

Symposium attendees are invited to join our free pre-symposium public lecture featuring keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Hughes, a nationally recognized expert in breast cancer risk assessment and genetics, whose presentation is titled “Who’s at Risk for Breast Cancer.” The event will also include Team Angels and breast cancer survivor Bill Rands and his wife, Happy. Hor'dourves and refreshments will be served. Complimentary valet parking available at the hotel. This event is free to attend. Online registration is required.

Symposium Agenda


7:30 a.m.  |  Registration & Breakfast

8 a.m.  |  Welcome & Symposium Overview – Jessica Bensenhaver, M.D., Henry Ford Cancer Institute

8:15 a.m.  |  Updated Screening Guideline Recommendations for General and High-Risk Populations, Including Gadolinium Concerns – Jennifer Plichta, M.D., Duke Health

8:45 a.m.  |  What’s New in Cancer Genetic Testing – Kevin Hughes, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital 

9:15 a.m.  |  Selective Management of DCIS – Emilia Diego, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 

9:45 a.m.  |  Q&A Session

10 a.m.  |  BREAK

10:15 a.m.  |  Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Positive Breast Cancer – Haythem Ali, M.D., Henry Ford Cancer Institute

10:45 a.m.  |  Axillary Management After NAC – Theresa Schwartz, M.D., Saint Louis University Hospital 

11:15 a.m.  |  Genomic Profiling and Treatment De-escalation – Tatiana Prowell, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine

11:45 a.m.  |  Q&A Session

12 p.m.  |  LUNCH

1 p.m.  |  Surgical Prevention of Lymphedema – Dunya Atisha, M.D., Henry Ford Cancer Institute

1:30 p.m.  |  Is PMRT Really Needed for 1-3 Positive Nodes? – Eleanor Walker, M.D., Henry Ford Cancer Institute

2 p.m.  |  Breast Cancer Treatment Effects and Fertility – Monique Swain, M.D., Henry Ford Cancer Institute

2:30 p.m.  |  Q&A Session

3 p.m.  |  Conclusion & Closing Remarks



Symposium registration fees

  • Physicians - $100
  • Nurses/allied health professionals - $50
  • Henry Ford employees - $25
  • Medical residents/students - $10

Registration fee includes symposium continental breakfast and lunch. There is no additional cost to attend the pre-symposium public lecture. Register for the symposium online.