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Endometrial Cancer Educational Symposium & Women's Basketball Game



Register for Symposium & Game Tickets




The DeJoy Family Club Room, Blue Devil Tower
110 Frank Basset Dr.
Durham, NC 27708
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The Duke Cancer Institute-based Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy (ECMT2) Consortium presents its 5th Annual "She Dunks on Cancer Educational Symposium" at 2 p.m., followed by a Duke Women's Basketball game at 5:30 p.m.

The symposium, which raises awareness about endometrial cancer and support for research to help patients with this type of cancer live longer and healthier lives, will be held in The DeJoy Family Club Room, located in the Blue Devil Tower, Wallace Wade Stadium. It's free to attend and includes a virtual option for those that would like to participate via Zoom. The basketball game, which is also free of charge, will be held at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


2:00 PM to 2:10 PM: Introduction 
Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHSc. 
Duke Health

2:10 PM to 2:30 PM: "Current Treatment Options and New Therapies on The Way"
Matthew Powell, MD, Washington University School of Medicine 

2:30 PM to 2:50 PM: "Immunotherapy Side Effects: What Patient’s Need to Know"
Stephanie Shuey, PharmD, BCOP 
Clinical Pharmacist, Duke Oncology Clinic and Patient Care Pharmacy 

2:50 PM to 3:15 PM: Break 

3:15 PM to 3:35 PM: "Nerve Injury From Chemotherapy; The Whys and Options for Prevention"
Mary Katherine Anastasio, MD 
Duke Health  

3:35 PM to 3:55 PM: "Now What? Stress & Anxiety Management After Cancer"
Ginger J. Gardner, MD, FACOG 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Ellie Bautista, MT-BC, LMFTA 
Duke Cancer Patient Support Program 

3:55 PM to 4:15 PM: "New Surgical Techniques: Ways to Make Surgery Easier for Our Patients"
Emma Rossi, MD
Duke Health
Sabino Zani, MD
Duke Health 

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM: Da Vinci Xi System Demonstration 

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Dinner

5:30 PM: Duke Women’s Basketball Game vs. NC State 

Background on the Consortium

Endometrial cancer, a cancer involving the inside lining of the uterus, is the leading gynecological cancer affecting women in the United States. Approximately 66,000 patients were diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2023. While many patients are living vibrant lives outside of their endometrial cancer diagnosis, an estimated 13,030 were predicted to have died from the disease in 2023. That number is not expected to decrease in 2024. This cancer is more common in Black patients than white patients, and Black women are more likely to die from it.

The Consortium seeks to decrease the burden of living with endometrial cancer by discovering new ways to prevent and treat endometrial cancer and improve survival through continued education and research.

Associate Director of Clinical Research in DCI's Gynecologic Cancer Disease Group Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHSc, led the creation of a multi-institutional Endometrial Cancer Consortium in 2019 with the initial support of a Kay Yow "Cancers that Affect Women" grant. The original nine-member consortium continues to grow and now includes 20 sites across the U.S. The consortium is investigating tumor makeup at the molecular level, probing endometrial cancer growth factors, and analyzing treatment outcomes. With this information, the consortium hopes to identify the safest most effective molecularly-targeted therapies for each patient.

Learn more about a recent research project funded by the consortium, the findings of which were recently presented by Dr. Secord at the 2023 Global Gynecologic Cancer Society Annual Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, held Nov. 5 to 7, 2023.

Dr. Secord is the current President of the (U.S.) Society of Gynecologic Oncology. She joined the faculty in 2001 after serving as a fellow and a resident at Duke, and attained the rank of full professor in 2013. A national leader in the field, her research is centered on novel therapeutics, biomarkers, and clinical trial development for ovarian and endometrial cancer. 

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Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy Consortium members: Duke Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, University of California Los Angeles, The Ohio State University (Ohio Health), Washington University in St. Louis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, UVA Health, VCU Health, Louisiana State University, University of Miami, Penn Medicine, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Cincinnati, Atrium Health, University of Oklahoma, New York University, Oregon Health and Science University. (Not pictured: Allegheny Health Network)