For the fourth consecutive year, Breast International Group (BIG) and the European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) are combining their efforts and expertise by organizing an annual Pink October webinar for a scientific audience.

This one-hour webinar will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CET. Registration is free but mandatory. See the link below.

The theme of this year’s webinar is “The unmet needs of older patients with breast cancer”. The objective is to create further awareness about the need to include more of the growing population of older patients in clinical trials. We will provide facts and figures, focus on the importance of geriatric assessment, recommend screening tools and highlight examples of recent research being done in elderly patients (e.g., the phase 2 APPALACHES trial, being carried out through the EORTC and BIG network of investigators. This is the first study to compare palbociclib with chemotherapy in patients with high-risk ER-positive breast cancer treated with standard adjuvant endocrine therapy).

Speakers include the following breast cancer experts from the BIG and EORTC networks:

Dr. Etienne Brain

Dr. Etienne Brain – senior medical oncologist involved in both French and international studies on breast cancer in older women.
Institut Curie – Hôpital René Huguenin, Saint-Cloud (France), past chair of the EORTC Breast Cancer Group, member of BIG’s Executive Board, past president of SIOG (International Society of Geriatric Oncology), and co-Principal Investigator of the APPALACHES trial.

Dr. Hans Wildiers

Dr. Hans Wildiers – medical oncologist dedicated to breast cancer research and geriatric oncology.
University Hospitals Leuven, (Belgium), past chairman of the Cancer in the Elderly task force of the EORTC and member of the Breast Cancer Group, past president and current board member of SIOG (International Society of Geriatric Oncology), and Principal Investigator of the APPALACHES trial.

Dr. Laura Biganzoli

Dr. Laura Biganzoli – medical oncologist with a long-standing interest in improving the clinical management of older breast cancer patients. She has served as principal investigator of several clinical trials focused on geriatric oncology.
Director of the breast center at the Oncology Department of the Hospital of Prato, ASL Toscano Centro, Prato (Italy), and Member of the Board of Directors at SIOG (International Society of Geriatric Oncology).

Tanja Spanic

Tanja Spanic – a patient advocate and president of Europa Donna Slovenia. Tanja has been involved in BIG’s Patient Partnership Initiative, participating in BIG-NCTN (National Clinical Trials Network, former NABCG – North American Breast Cancer Group) meetings among other activities.

The detailed program of the webinar will soon be available.


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