Dr. Janice Galleshaw and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Ann Jillian spoke about breast cancer in front of an audience of 300 people October 15 at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The presentation, titled “A Conversation with Ann Jillian,” was presented by Northside Hospital and included a question and answer segment.
Jillian, a breast cancer survivor, told of her victory over the disease and offered words of encouragement to those in attendance. “It is imperative that everyone who is diagnosed with this disease remain hopeful and keep a positive attitude,” she said.
Dr. Galleshaw followed Jillian’s presentation by offering insight into the latest cancer news, including her work with the STAR Trial. The STAR Trial, for which Dr. Galleshaw is the principal investigator in Atlanta, is the first clinical study to compare the effectiveness of two drugs (Tamoxifen and Raloxifene) for breast cancer prevention. With 22,000 participants throughout The United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, it is the largest breast cancer prevention trial ever done.
Dr. Galleshaw’s appearance was covered in the winter, 2002 issue of Season magazine.
“The Ann Jillian Story,” which recounted the actress’ battle with breast cancer, earned her an Emmy nomination and was the highest rated TV movie of 1987-88.
Organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout. Each speaker was well received by those in attendance.