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 allows us to educate the community about the innovative research, treatment, and programs that are available in Delaware.

Research Grant

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) awards a research travel grant of $2,000 to a graduate student in Delaware to attend an academic conference related to breast cancer. The student must have a paper or poster accepted at a national meeting such as the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Conference, or the American Association for Cancer Research. The student must agree to attend and present their research at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Update in 2025. Typical expenses that may be paid from these grants include conference fees, travel, and lodging.

2024 Update Presentations

Presentations will be linked here after the event for viewing. Post-event viewing does not qualify to earn CEU’s or Contact Hours. Participants must attend the live event to complete the credit requirements to earn the certificate.

2024 Update Agenda

7:30 a.m. Registration & Sponsor Exhibits
8:00 a.m. Opening remarks from Marilyn Hyte
8:10 a.m. Remarks from Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long
8:15 a.m. Remarks from State Treasurer Collen Davis
8:20 a.m. Session I Mammography & AI
Moderator: Dr. Renee Quarterman
Dr. Diana Dickson Witmer
Dr. Jacqueline Holt
9:20 a.m. Session II Reconstruction or
No Reconstruction Post Mastectomy
Moderator: Dr. Karen Louie
Dr. Dawn Leonard
Dr. Stephanie Caterson
10:00 a.m. Sponsor Break & Stretch Break
10:30 a.m. Session III Hospice and Palliative Care
Moderator: Dr. Wendy Newell
Dr. Avani Virani
Dr. Dan DePietropaola
11:10 a.m. Session IV Mental Health Wellness
Moderator: Dr. Matt Richards
Dr. Chalice Rhodes
11:45 a.m. Sponsor Break & Stretch Break
12:10 p.m. Session V Tattooing & Cosmetic Options
Moderator: Connie Holdridge
Mandy Sauler
Survivor Testimonials
1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


1. Describe how the use of AI can aid in mammogram reading and advanced breast cancer detection.

2. List the key differences between post-mastectomy options of reconstruction or no reconstruction.

3. Outline hospice and palliative care support options for patients and their loved ones.

4. Discuss the benefits of mental health wellness cancer survivorship therapy programs.

5. Compare alternatives available for breast reconstruction, nipple creation, and artistic expression with tattooing.

2024 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.
Marilyd Montalvo 
Sue Murray
Kelly Paustian
Meridith Rothstein
Erica Saunders
Avani Virani, M.D.
Francesca Vogel
Lois Wilkinson

Previous Updates:

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