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October 15, 2020

ICRF ‘Model’ Tumor Board Panel on Breast Cancer

Webinar | ICRF CT
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What happens behind the scenes after you hear the words: “You have cancer”

The ICRF Connecticut chapter recorded a ‘model’ Tumor Board for a lay audience during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

A Tumor Board is a group of medical specialists from a variety of disciplines who meet to discuss individual cases to determine the best treatment option for each person. A Tumor Board may consist of medical oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, a geneticist and other specialties depending on case type reviewed. Typically, major hospitals and cancer centers hold frequent Tumor Boards often organized by specific cancer types. The most common boards are for breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers.

In this model Tumor Board, Dr. Mark Israel gives an introductory overview of the concept, before insights are provided by three breast cancer specialists. The emphasis is on dispelling misunderstandings regarding breast cancer treatment options and emphasizing the value of early screening, particularly in times when many hesitate due to COVID-19 concerns. 


Steven Cohen, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Specialist, Advanced Radiology Consultants, Stamford, CT

Helen Pass, MD
Co-Director, Breast Center, Chief of Breast Surgery, Stamford Health Medical Group and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University

Rich Zelkowitz, MD
Regional Medical Director, Breast Program, Hematology/Oncology, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and St. Vincent’s Medical Center


Mark A. Israel, MD
National Executive Director, ICRF

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