Breast Cancer Update

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 Keevill
Karen Louie, M.D.
Sally Maday
Linda Marquess
Mary McLaughlin
Sue Murray
Kelly Paustian
Amanda Perdue
Meridith Rothstein
Marilyd Santana
Erica Saunders
Francesca Vogel
Lois Wilkinson

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2023 Update Agenda

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

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

Marilyn Hyte, DBCC Board President, Breast Cancer Update Chair 

8:10 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Remarks from Lt. 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
Dr. Matthew Richards

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

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Oncoplastic Surgery
Moderator Dr. Avani Virani
Dr. Karen Barbosa 

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer
Moderator Dr. Mary McLaughlin
Dr. Rishi Sawhney 
Dr. Lydia Clements

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. DBCC Research Travel Grant Recipient Presentation
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
Research Reflection & Personal Journeys
Peggy 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
Dr. Shannon Virtue

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.

Travel Grant Application

Learn more by viewing the PDF application below!

This application is closed for 2023. Please check back for 2024 opportunities!

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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