NZBCF hosts special event for patients at visiting breast cancer medical conference

July 20th, 2016


The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation hosted a special information day, designed for breast cancer patients, as part of the 2nd Australasian Congress - Advances and Controversies in Breast Cancer (ABC2) on Sunday 10 July 2016 at the Langham Hotel Auckland. 

International speakers from multiple disciplines in breast cancer research and treatment, presented a programme of talks to share the highlights from the main conference, as well as information and updates from a New Zealand perspective; specifically targeted for women currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, or those who have recently completed treatment.  

Over 200 guests from all over the country gathered for the seminar of speakers and were treated to a brunch kindly sponsored by the Langham Hotel.  Guest MC was popular radio host Lorna Subritzky, with international speakers Dr Krishna Clough, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Paris, France; Prof Andy Evans, Breast Radiologist, Dundee, UK; Prof Pamela Munster, Medical Oncologist, San Francisco, USA.  Local experts were Dr Maria Pearse, Radiation Oncologist, Auckland; Dr Trevor Chan, Radiologist, Auckland; Dr Sheridan Wilson, Oncologist, Auckland; and Kaytee Boyd, Nutritionist, Auckland.

For a summary of the main messages, see 8 Key Messages from the Consumer/Patient Day


Prof. Andy Evans, Breast Radiologist (UK)  - How should we treat small, low-risk cancers found on a mammogram?


Prof. Pamela Munster, Medical Oncologist (USA)  - BRCA testing: who needs it?


Dr Krishna Clough, Consultant Plastic Surgeon (France)  - Considering reconstruction - after cancer or preventative surgery


Prof. Pamela Munster, Oncologist (USA)  - Five more years?! Carrying on with tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors


Panel Discussion - Prof. Pamela Munster and Dr Krishna Clough


Dr Sheridan Wilson, Oncologist (NZ) - Pregnancy after Breast Cancer


Dr Trevor Chan, Radiologist (NZ)  - Monitoring for recurrence: a radiologist's view


Dr Maria Pearse, Radiologist (NZ)  - What's new in radiotherapy?


Panel Discussion - Kaytee Boyd, Dr Trevor Chan, Dr Maria Pearse

NB: Kaytee Boyd's presentation is currently unavailable, and will be posted at a later date. 

We'd also like to say a big thank you to:

Our wonderful MC, Lorna Subritzky

Our International Speakers: Dr Krishna Clough, Prof Andy Evans and Prof Pamela Munster

Our local experts: Kaytee Boyd, Dr Sheridan Wilson, Dr Trevor Chan and Dr Maria Pearse

The ABC2 organisers: The Australasian Society for Breast Disease (ASBD) and The Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ) and the conference organising committee made up of senior NZ breast cancer medical personnel led by Dr Katherine Gale.

And the following companies for their generosity and support of our event:

  • The Langham Hotel for the sponsored brunch
  • GUCCI Queen Street for the fabulous bag raffle
  • Corporate Cabs and Co-op Taxis, who came to our aide to supply airport transfers
  • Estee Lauder for the cosmetic goodies 
  • House & Garden and MiNDFOOD for the great magazines
  • Karen McKenzie, author of “Unbreakable Spirit” book giveaways
  • Michael Tuck photography
  • Our exhibitors: Pinc & Steel, Breast Cancer Support, Natural Wear, Toomac Solutions and Nice Nips

Our wonderful volunteers who gave their time and support: Sue, Leona, Pam, Mere, Pamita, Chaturika, Glenice, Robin, Sravani, Catherine, Carolyn, Rebecca, Darshana, Bridget and Andrea.