Press Release

New Advances in Gynecological Health Before and After Cancer

Contact:       Elana Silber, Director of Operations
                   Telephone:  866.474.2774
                    E-Mail:         esilber@sharsheret.org

 

New Advances in Gynecological Health Before and After Cancer
Sharsheret National Symposium


Teaneck, New Jersey (June 13, 2012) — Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer, will present a free national symposium via teleconference and webinar, “New Advances in Gynecological Health Before and After Cancer,” Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 8:00 p.m. (EDT).  An audio recording and written transcript will be posted online following the symposium at www.sharsheret.org.

The symposium will feature experts in the field of medical oncology and gynecological oncology, Dr. Tessa Cigler and Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, who will address gynecological concerns before and after a breast cancer or ovarian cancer diagnosis.  A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her experience addressing gynecological questions in her personal breast cancer journey. 

“Growing a family is a strong Jewish value, and Jewish women nationwide have questions about gynecological concerns before and after a cancer diagnosis.” said Clinical Supervisor Shera Dubitsky.  “With cultural sensitivity and understanding, Sharsheret’s symposium will focus on issues related to birth control, fertility, pregnancy, nursing, early onset menopause, hormone replacement, and bone health so that women can make informed decisions.” 

Following the panelists’ presentations, there will be an opportunity to pose questions during the question and answer session.  All participants will remain anonymous. 

To register for the symposium and for dial-in instructions, register here or call toll-free 866.474.2774.  This teleconference was made possible with generous support from the Julius and Emmy Hamburger Memorial Fund, the Ruth Small Memorial Fund, the Stephanie Sussman and Ann Nadrich Memorial Fund, and The Gorlin Family Foundation.  

ABOUT SHARSHERET

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Since Sharsheret’s founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 24,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,570 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs nationwide.  Sharsheret supports young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer at every stage—before, during, and after diagnosis.  We help women and families connect to our community in the way that feels most comfortable, taking into consideration their stage of life, diagnosis, or treatment, as well as their connection to Judaism.  We also provide educational resources, offer specialized support to those facing ovarian cancer or at high risk of developing cancer, and create programs for women and families to improve their quality of life.  All Sharsheret’s programs are open to all women and men.