Crouse Hospital will host “The Disease that Whispers: Ovarian Cancer Update 2009,” a free community educational program for nurses and nurse practitioners on Wednesday, June 10. The program is designed to give nursing staff the tools and continuing education necessary to provide comprehensive care to women at risk for or living with ovarian cancer. Two one-hour sessions will be held: a morning session from 8 to 9 a.m. (registration and networking begins at 7:30 a.m.) and the other from 1 to 2 p.m. (registration and networking begins at 12:30 p.m.) in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Avenue. Refreshments will be served. To register, call 472-2464 by June 5.
The featured speaker for this program is Mary Cunningham, MD, a board certified gynecologic oncologist who has served the Syracuse area for many years. Dr. Cunningham is a partner in GYN Oncology of CNY, PC, and also a clinical professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Last year, the American Cancer Society estimated that close to 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer would be diagnosed in the United States. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths — about 15,000 annually — than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Only 20 percent of women are diagnosed during the first stage of the disease, when the cancer is most curable. It is imperative that early symptoms and warning signs be recognized to improve the odds of treatment and survival. Crouse’s seminar will give healthcare providers this critical information.