GCS and Barbara Dooley Team Up for Athens Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Dooley, Panel of Experts to Address Breast Cancer Concerns

Barbara DooleyGeorgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) — the largest private medical oncology/hematology practice in the Southeast — presents “Breast Cancer Answers: A Free Community Event With Barbara Dooley” on Wednesday, October 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Empire Room of The Classic Center in Athens. Former Bulldog MVP, current sideline reporter, and cancer survivor Loran Smith will serve as the event’s moderator.

The free event is being hosted by the Magic of Life Foundation, and is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) and Athens Regional Medical Center. It will begin with a brief reception, followed by Dooley’s keynote speech, and will conclude with an audience question-and-answer session – moderated by Smith – with an expert panel of physicians and cancer care providers.

Dooley, a breast cancer survivor, radio personality, and wife of former University of Georgia football coach and throat cancer survivor Vince Dooley, relishes the opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to her during her cancer journey.

“It’s important to raise awareness about breast cancer,” said Dooley. “I hope that by sharing my experiences on my path to wellness I can provide hope and encouragement to breast cancer patients and their supporters.”

Dooley’s speech and the Smith-moderated Q&A session will cover a variety of topics, including prevention and wellness, genetics, signs and symptoms, what to look for in a physician, the latest treatment options, insurance questions, clinical trial options, life after breast cancer, and more.

Dr. Richard Loyd, also of GCS’s Athens office, is assembling the panel of experts. “We have a very knowledgeable panel, and we hope they can help concerned cancer patients, as well as their family and friends, find answers to their questions,” said Dr. Loyd.

“This event is truly beneficial to the cancer community and provides helpful advice and access to quality medical information,” said Monye Connolly, president, BCBSGa. “Making a difference in the health and lives of our members is of utmost importance to BCBSGa.”

The event is free, but registration is required, as seating is limited. Register now.

For more information about the GCS-Athens office, please visit www.gacancer.com/athens.

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