Endometrial Cancer Symposium & B-Ball Game (2.16.20)

Angeles Secord, MD

She Dunks on Cancer logoThis past summer gynecologic oncologist Angeles Secord, MD, MHSc, was awarded a $1 million grant funded by the 2019 Kay Yow Cancer Fund and The V Foundation For Cancer Research to support the creation of an “Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy Consortium.”

With the support of the Kay Yow "Cancers that Affect Women" grant, Secord and colleagues have now created that consortium, which includes the participation of eight other institutions across the country, including UNC Chapel Hill, New York University, Washington University St. Louis, INOVA, Johns Hopkins University, University of California Los Angeles, The University of Oklahoma, and The Ohio State University.

A special kick-off event — the Duke-led consortium's first annual educational symposium, followed by  a Duke Women's basketball game — will be held next month. The symposium is free-of-charge. Tickets to the "Play4Kay" basketball game (Duke vs. Florida State) are free-of-charge for the first 50 patients who register for the symposium.

Approximately 60,000 women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer and more than 12,000 women will die from this disease this year. The incidence is increasing. Mortality has risen by 1.9% per year over the last 10 years.

"The consortium will expand our research capabilities by harnessing information about endometrial cancer, the tumor makeup on a molecular level, what helps endometrial cancers to grow, and treatment outcomes," said Secord. "With this information we hope to identify the right targeted therapy to use for treatment based on the tumor makeup and provide individualized care for our patients. Our goal is to decrease the burden of endometrial cancer, improve survival outcomes, and accelerate research progress."

The symposium — She Dunks on Cancer Educational Symposium — will be held on Sunday, Feb 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Scharf Hall (in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center, 107 Whitford Drive, Durham ). Session topics include "Endometrial Cancer: What You Need to Know," "Coping with Cancer," "Nutrition and Exercise," and "The Art of Groundlessness."

Secord, gynecologic oncologist Rebecca Previs, MD, BS, MS, family medical therapist Tracy Berger, MS, LMFT, Duke Cancer Institute clinical dietician Patricia Wilkes, MS, RD, LDN, and endometrial cancer survivor Julie Cardillo are the featured speakers. (Visit She Dunks on Cancer for the symposium agenda and speaker bios.)

The symposium will be followed by a lunch program. Tip off for the Duke vs. Florida State game is at 1 p.m. The first 50 patients who register for the symposium will receive free tickets to the basketball game. Others who want to attend the game will need to purchase tickets separately.

Register for the symposium

For questions and for more information about the symposium and basketball game, contact Jessie Paradis.