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What's Best for Breasts: A Conversation with Duke Clinicians







Trent Semans Center - Great Hall (on Duke campus)
8 Searle Center Dr.
Durham, NC
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Duke Cancer Institute's multi-disciplinary breast cancer program convened another successful free community symposium on breast health and breast cancer, which included interactive information sessions and question-and-answer panels with some of DCI's leading experts, as well as educational booths to peruse during the breaks on mammograms, nutrition, research, and more. This year's "What's Best for Breasts" was the first in-person event since 2019. The intervening years were virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speakers included breast oncologists (medical and surgical), a patient navigator, and a genetic counselor. Topics included breast imaging, genetic testing, breast cancer risk assessment, breast reconstruction, breast cancer prevention, exercise, survivorship, disparities, and local resources.

Among the speakers: Jennifer Plichta, MD; Shelley Hwang, MD; Kathy Trotter, DNP; Koumani Ntowe & Juliet Dalton (MD Candidates 2025); Maggie Frazier, CGC; Dorothy Lowell, MD; Laura Rosenberger, MD; Kendra Parrish, DO; Yara Abdou, MD; Rebecca Knackstedt, MD;  Julia Selfridge, MD; Robin Hardi-Hood, MD; Gabrielle Brennan, MS; and LaSonia Barnett, MA.

Five women dressed in pink hats, glasses, and boas, pose in front of a Duke Cancer Institute 50th Anniversary banner
Members of the DCI breast oncology team pose together at the What's Best for Breast event photo booth.
a woman standing behind a table draped in a blue cloth labeled Duke Cancer Institute and with a "nutrition" sign
A DCI nutritionist presented educational information about nutrition for breast cancer patients and was happy to answer questions.