Crouse Hospital will host “The Disease that Whispers: Ovarian Cancer Update 2008,” a free community educational program for nurses, nurse practitioners and other mid-level providers on June 11. This program is designed to give those practitioners the tools and education necessary to provided comprehensive care to women living with ovarian cancer. Two sessions will be held: one from 9:15 a.m. to noon and the other from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Avenue. To register, call 472-2464 by June 6.
The featured speaker for this program is Crouse Hospital OB/GYN surgeon Mary Cunningham, MD. Cunningham is a gynecological oncologist who has served the Syracuse area for many years. Catherine Huss-Johnson, BS RNC-NP, and Jennifer Perkins, RN BS-BC, educational services, will also present on the subject. Huss-Johnson currently runs the hospital’s programs on ovarian cancer education and awareness.
One in 58 women will develop ovarian cancer in the United States during their lifetime. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women 35 to 75, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. This year alone, more than 21,000 women will be diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer. Of those diagnosed, only 19 percent are diagnosed during the first stage of the cancer, meaning that the disease is extremely hard to detect. Due to these alarming statistics, it is important that all providers attend this event and remain current on detection, diagnosis and treatment.