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UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

Breast cancer update
New York Teacher
Dr. Norton addresses the group.

More than 95 UFT members learned about the latest findings and progress in breast cancer research at a UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series seminar on March 13 at union headquarters in Manhattan. Attendees heard from Dr. Larry Norton, the deputy physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and medical director of its Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center. Dr. Norton discussed Memorial Sloan Kettering’s IMPACT test, which screens for genetic mutations and other alterations in patients’ tumors. According to Dr. Norton, knowing more about the changes driving an individual tumor helps doctors provide more personalized treatment for targeting the specific weaknesses in a patient’s cancer. Attendees were eager to take advantage of the breast cancer expert’s knowledge and had many questions, including one about home remedies to enhance the immune system. Dr. Norton warned that some of those products can overstimulate the immune system and cause diseases. Dr. Norton is “very informative,” said Esther Liss-Turner, a peer counselor for the UFT Welfare Fund Health and Cancer Helpline. “He always brings new and innovative information, which is of interest to the participants.” A team from MSK Direct was also on hand with information about the program’s partnership with the UFT Welfare Fund that gives UFT members special access to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s cancer care.

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