Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference Stresses “Self-Care” and Continued Education

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Julia, Weidman, Marketing Manager, Women's Health & Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream

The 22nd Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference sponsored by the National Consortium of Breast Centers opened yesterday in Las Vegas.

A global audience of nearly 1,000 attendees will participate in more than 120 sessions from 78 world-class presenters focused on the clinical, imaging, administrative and nursing concerns associated with breast health and breast center management.

The celebrity keynote was given by Kelly Corrigan. The New York Times best-selling author talked frankly and engagingly about her battle with breast cancer, and what compelled her to author her book “The Middle Place.”  Ms. Corrigan spoke about the strong bonds she developed with the caregivers who helped her navigate her journey – “the magic we”, and encouraged attendees to “perform the role nobly”.

Elizabeth Clark PhD, ACSW, MPH, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, delivered the professional keynote “Words that Heal, Words that Harm.”  Ms. Clark raised attendees’ awareness of the context of the words they use, and how powerfully those words impact patients.  Ms. Clark also spoke about the importance of creating communities of hope for cancer patients and the need for caregivers to practice “self-care” to avoid burnout.

Visitors to the Carestream booth shared feedback that this year’s conference featured a nice blend of technology and experience sharing:

“We hear from the best and brightest in the field at this meeting.The multidisciplinary study tracks and discussions about emerging technologies are real learning experiences,” said Bonnie Rush RT (R) (M) (QM) from Breast Imaging Specialists.

Deb Wright, President and CEO of Inner Images was a judge for the poster session:

“Tech-wise there was a lot of molecular imaging. And I was glad to see papers on outreach programs for survivors.”

Dr. Lazlo Tabar commented, “This year’s NCBC has a very interesting program, very comprehensive both for physicians, technologists and nurses.” Dr Tabar also spoke about the sessions he and and Louise Miller RT (R) (M) will hold for technologists focusing on the proper positioning of the breast in screening:

“The radiology technologist is a very important part of the diagnostic team.  They are responsible for proper positioning.”

We’re sure the technologists here at the conference will line up early to get a seat!

Other hot topics like healthcare reform, breast density issues, risk assessment and geonomics and tomosynthesis will be covered throughout the conference, which ends on Wednesday. You can follow the conversation from the conference on Twitter using the hashtag #NCOBC.



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