Upstate News

October 15, 2003
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate offers free lecture on breast cancer therapy Oct. 29

Barbara L. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., whose research focuses on genetic and non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer, will deliver SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 8 to 9 a.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. Her lecture “Local Therapy for Breast Cancer–How Much is Enough?” is free and open to the public.

Smith is co-director of the Gillette Centers for Women’s Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. Her clinical efforts are devoted to surgery for breast cancer. Her research focuses on women’s perceptions of breast cancer risk, diagnosis and treatment issues in young women with breast cancer, and use of sentinel node biopsy to reduce complications from breast cancer surgery.

The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York Inc. awarded SUNY Upstate’s Department of Surgery a $50,000 grant in April for an endowed lectureship that honors local women who have died of breast cancer. Smith’s lecture honors Diane E. Rizzo, a mother of four, who was employed in the hospitality industry and who died in 1998 at the age of 54.

Baldwin, a breast cancer survivor, and her family founded the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund in 1996 and has since provided more than $1.8 million for breast cancer research.

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