University Medical Center Hosts Town Hall on Breast Health, Cancer on Sept. 16


University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans’ Cancer Center will host “A Town Hall on Breast Health & Cancer,” a free event featuring a wide array of topics across many areas of breast health, from diagnosis to survivorship.

The event will take place on Sept. 16 in the UMC Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It is open to the community, and will include a complimentary breakfast. Registration is available online at

Attendees will meet experts in the field of breast health, learn about the latest diagnostic and treatment options, hear from breast cancer survivors, gain insight into the role played by diet and nutrition, and learn more about the comprehensive breast health services available at UMC.

“With this event, we want to reach those most in need of our services, with a focus of improving patient access to the comprehensive services we offer in the Breast Health and Cancer Program at UMC,” said Adam Riker, MD, FACS, LSU Health New Orleans and Oncology Service Line Director at UMC.  “Ultimately, we want to provide the community with the tools to ensure their breast health, and should they need treatment, to make an informed decision about the best options available to them.”

Doors will open at 8 a.m. on the day of the event for registration, followed by breakfast, and a cooking demonstration.

The program will feature the interactive discussions on Diet, Nutrition, Environmental and Consumer Product Dangers and Awareness (Moderators: Laura Kerns, Caroline Smith and Adam Riker, MD); Cancer Survivorship and Navigating the Journey of Breast Cancer (Moderators: Delia Young, Kara Levine, Caroline Smith, David Brandt and Michelle Loch); General Breast Health and Ask the Doctors about Breast Cancer (Moderators: Adam I. Riker, MD; Jyotsna Fuloria, MD; Ellen Zakris, MD; and Charles Dupin, MD); and It Takes a Team: From the Patient’s Perspective through Survivorship (Moderators: Brooke Morrell, MD; Adam I. Riker, MD; Alix D’Angelo, MD, Hugo St. Hilaire, MD; Agustin Garcia, MD; and Jill Vincent, MD.)

About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, and New Orleans has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the state, according to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program. The Cancer Center at UMC New Orleans works to shed light on this disease by offering the community breast health and cancer tools, education, and services.

“Louisiana has some of the highest incidence for cancer in the nation, with one of the highest rates for later-stage cancer diagnosis. The Town Hall on Breast Health is another method for us to provide education and increased awareness to our community,” said David Brandt, UMC Cancer Center Director. “Our Cancer Center strives to provide to our local, regional, and national communities the highest quality care and the most compassionate, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to cancer care for all our patients.”

UMC’s Comprehensive Breast Health Program has a multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians and other specialized healthcare providers, including nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and nurse navigators, who specialize in the comprehensive management of patients with all of breast disease, both benign (non-cancer issues) and malignant (breast cancer).

UMC partners with LSU Health New Orleans to offer a comprehensive approach for patients, from diagnosis to recovery.

For more information on UMC’s Comprehensive Breast Health Program, and other events hosted by the UMC Cancer Center, visit To register for the upcoming town hall, or other upcoming breast health events and lectures, visit  Walk‐ins are welcome, but online RSVP is encouraged.