Breast Cancer Update 2023

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s (DBCC) Annual Breast Cancer Update began as a small scientific meeting to update physicians about the latest trends in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Recognizing the importance of sharing the most up-to-date information the Breast Cancer Update has grown to an annual educational conference offered free to the public.

Each year the Breast Cancer Update features leading medical breast cancer panel experts and informational resources offering the latest developments in treatment and care to breast cancer survivors and their families, physicians, nurses, students, and allied health professionals.

Our goal is to have programming that empowers our community in the fight against breast cancer. The Annual Breast Cancer Update allows us to bring nationally renowned speakers in the breast cancer field and gives us the opportunity to educate the community about the innovative research, treatment, and programs that are available in Delaware.

2023 Breast Cancer Update Committee:

Committee Chair: Marilyn Hyte
Prue Albright
Katelyn Bender
Mackenzie Blithe
Eric Fox
Connie Holdridge
Jan Jessup
Allison Keevil
Karen Louie, M.D.
Sally Maday
Linda Marquess
Mary McLaughlin, M.D.
Sue Murray
Kelly Paustian
Amanda Perdue
Meridith Rothstein
Marilyd Santana
Erica Saunders
Avani Virani, M.D.
Francesca Vogel
Lois Wilkinson

2023 Update Presentations

Once again we would like to sincerely thank all of our speakers and moderators for their time and participation in the 25th Annual Breast Cancer Update!

Dr. Karen Louie Session I Part I

Dr. Matthew Richards Session I Part II

Dr. Karen Barbosa Session II

Dr. Rishi Sawhney Session III

Alyssa Fenech Session IV

Dr. Wendy Newell Session V Part I

Dr. Shannon Virtue Session V Part II

2023 Update Agenda

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Sponsor Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. Opening Remarks

Marilyn Hyte, DBCC Board President

8:10 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Remarks from Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long

8:15 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.

Remarks from State Treasurer Colleen Davis

8:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Access, Equity, and Barriers to Care

Moderator Dr. Mary McLaughlin

Dr. Karen Louie: Breast Cancer Treatment Disparities

Dr. Matthew Richards: Disparities in Care for Sexual Orientation & Minority Women

& Transgender/gender nonconforming individuals

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sponsor Exhibits

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Oncoplastic Surgery

Moderator Dr. Mary McLaughlin

Dr. Karen Barbosa: Insights into Oncoplastic Surgery

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer

Moderator Dr. Avani Virani

Dr. Rishi Sawhney: Advances in Early Stage Breast Cancer

Dr. Lydia Clements: Targeted Therapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. DBCC Research Travel Grant Recipient

Alyssa Fenech: Fear of Recurrence and Cortisol Levels in Partners of Breast Cancer Survivors

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Caregiver Conversation Program Participant Perspective

Personal Journeys by Peg Schoen and Scott Simmer

11:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Sponsor Exhibits

11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Reoccurrence of Breast Cancer

Moderator Dr. Avani Virani

Dr. Wendy Newell: Reoccurrence from a Surgeons Perspective

Dr. Shannon Virtue: Fear of Recurrence

1:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Francesca Vogel, DBCC Chief Executive Officer


1. Outline breast cancer treatment disparities in differing demographic populations.

2. Compare current oncoplastic surgical treatment modalities.

3. List recent advances in immunotherapy breast cancer treatments.

4. Identify current diagnostic treatment options for the reoccurrence of breast cancer.

Previous Updates

The 24th Annual Breast Cancer Update was held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, virtually via Zoom.

The 23rd Annual Breast Cancer Update was held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, virtually via Zoom.

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