mCancerPartner recently sat down with Daniel Hayes, M.D., the Stuart B. Padnos Professor of Breast Cancer Research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, to discuss the creation of the Breast Cancer Summit, a day-long community event highlighting breast cancer prevention, treatment and survival.
mCancer Partner: Not only do you participate in the Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Summit as a speaker, but I you championed its formation. Why do you feel it’s important for our community to have access to this breast cancer event?
Dr. Hayes: The U-M faculty presenting at this summit are a distinguished group. It isn’t every day that a community has direct access to so many nationally and internationally recognized breast cancer experts. To explain, we at the Cancer Center have more than four decades of breast cancer experience – screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We also were one of the first cancer centers in the country to have a multidisciplinary weekly tumor board for our breast cancer patients; ours began 25 years ago. As a result, we have world leaders in every facet of breast cancer research and care – surgery, radiation oncology, pathology, imaging and medical oncology. Many of our faculty are involved in setting national guidelines for clinical care. I think it is pretty rare for so many breast cancer specialists of this caliber to be in one place, at the same time, and accessible to patients, families, survivors and their supporters locally. Continue reading