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Words of Welcome,

Dear Colleagues: 

We are excited to invite you to attend the Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium at Whistler, BC January 29 and 30, 2016. As in previous years the Symposium’s objective is to provide state of the art information to optimally manage our breast cancer patients.  Another focus for this Canadian meeting is to increase communication and collaboration among breast cancer treaters nationwide.

 The symposium will focus on molecular biology of breast cancer especially its clinical application as we move into personalized therapy for our patients.  We will be partnering with our Pathology colleagues in the session on Breast Cancer pathology.  As in our clinics a multi-disciplinary approach to management of different presentations of breast cancer will be pursued through our panel discussions and case presentations.  Thus, this symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive and real life review of the many facets of breast cancer.

 There will be opportunity for audience participation via keypad polling devices with the faculty featured during the panel discussions. This smaller and more intimate meeting allow for much networking with the speakers and your colleagues.  We aim to bring a Canadian perspective to the management of breast cancer patients and look forward to your input as to ways in which we can work together to optimize the care of our patients.

This event has been planned and implemented in accordance as an Accredited Group Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This program will be reviewed by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting symposium which promises to be a valuable educational experience. 

  Yours sincerely, 

Dr. Wendy LamB Sc (Pharm), MD, FRCPC
Burnaby Hospital Regional Cancer Centre,
Burnaby, British Columbia

On behalf of the Planning Committee: 

Dr. Vanessa Bernstein, MD, FRCPC- BCCA, Victoria, British Columbia

Dr. Stephen ChiaMD, FRCPC - BCCA, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Debjani Grenier, BSc., MD, FRCPC, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Anil JoyBSc., MD, FRCPC, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Alexander Paterson, M.B. Ch.B., MD, FRCP, FACP, Universtiy of Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Christine Simmons, MD, MSc., FRCPC, BCCA, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Sunil VermaMD, MSEd., FRCPC, University of Calgary, Alberta


Target Audience 

This meeting is directed toward medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, general practitioners in oncology, oncology fellows, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals interested in treatment of breast cancer.