Event discusses cancer’s impact on women’s lives

WHAT: Woman to Woman, an annual symposium sponsored by the Cancer Center Council, brings women and health experts together to discuss topical cancer issues. Twenty-one local organizations, including the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, participate in the event as partners or underwriters.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oak Hills Country Club, 5403 Fredericksburg Road

WHO: Keynote speaker: Frank J. Giles, M.D., M.B., deputy director, CTRC at the UT Health Science Center (speaks at 12:40 p.m.)

Topics and speakers for breakout sessions:

  • Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation and Banking—Mary Beth Fisk, M.T., C.T.B.S., vice president of development and tissue services, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
  • HPV and the Impact of Cancer on the Uninsured—Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., director of health, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health)
  • Role of Exercise in Reducing Breast Cancer Mortality— Amy Lang, M.D., medical oncologist, START Center for Cancer Care
  • Caring for the Caregiver—Christina McClean, R.N., M.S.N., C.H.P.N., director of hospice, CHRISTUS VNA Hospice and Palliative Care
  • The Environment and Cancer—Claudia Miller, M.D., professor and director, South Texas Environmental Education and Research Program, UT Health Science Center
  • Breast Imaging Is Important to Your Health—Pam Otto, M.D., professor and director of breast imaging & intervention, UT Health Science Center
  • Advanced Directives, Medical Power of Attorney, Estate Planning—Christopher Pettit, Chris Pettit & Associates law firm
  • Nutrition—Barbra Swanson, N.D., R.D., dietitian, Cancer Care Centers of South Texas
  • Ovarian Cancer—James Wilder, M.D., private practitioner, obstetrics & gynecology
  • Breast Cancer in Elderly Women—Sharon Wilks, M.D., medical oncologist, Cancer Care Centers of South Texas

NOTES: Best opportunity for candid photos will be from 8:30 – 9 a.m.
Reporters are invited for lunch. Please RSVP by Feb. 6 to Varonica McKinney, 450-5571.



The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 25,600 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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