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Cancer the focus of Aspen lecture series

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Cancer – specifically surviving cancer through prevention, identification and treatment – will be the focus of this year’s “brown bag” lecture series, presented by Aspen Valley Hospital and The Given Institute.

The annual series of free talks begins Wednesday at the Given, a University of Colorado School of Medicine facility in Aspen. Dr. Tim Byers, prevention specialist, will discuss the evidence-based role of diet, exercise and supplements in the prevention of cancer. Dr. Doug Rovira, medical oncologist and medical director of oncology at AVH, will discuss the prevalence of cancer today and the potential benefits of genetic counseling.

The second program in the series, on March 10, will focus on early diagnosis – what one could do and should do, and how it can make a difference. Speakers will focus on the four most common cancers seen in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dr. Rovira will present information on colon cancer, AVH radiologist Charlie Brown will discuss lung cancer, Invision Sally Jobe breast radiology specialist Lora Barke will talk about breast cancer, and AVH urologist Brian Murphy will address prostate cancer.

On March 17, treatment options will be discussed, with Dr. Rovira focusing on chemotherapy and complementary methods, AVH general surgeon Bill Rodman addressing surgical care, and Shaw Regional Cancer Center radiation oncologist Patti Hardenbergh presenting information on radiation therapy.

Informational booths at each session will feature Pathfinders, the Aspen chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Aspen Cancer Survivor Center, Shaw Regional Cancer Center and AVH.

All of the programs take place at The Given Institute, 100 E. Francis St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. It is not necessary to sign up for the programs; for more information, call the hospital at 544-1296.


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