Discussions focus on pancreatic cancer screening and treatment

The Western Connecticut Health Network will present two free roundtable discussions during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November featuring physician experts in the field of pancreatic cancer.

The first will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road in Westport from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Panelists will be medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Naveen Anand, oncology surgeon Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jr., dietitian and oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber, and board-certified genetic counselor Susan Ingram.

Cannizzaro, Frank, Barber, and Ingram will be on hand for the second program as well, on Monday, Nov. 7, at Danbury Hospital’s Robilotti Conference Room, 24 Hospital Avenue, in Danbury, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Joining them will be interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Brandwein and Division Chief of Oncology/Hematology at Danbury and New Milford hospitals Dr. Vincent Rella.

Discussion topics will include an introduction to an innovative pancreatic-screening research study; the role of screening for pancreatic cancer; diagnostic, surgical and medical treatment and advances; genetics; and nutrition.

Co-presenters of the programs are the Ron Foley Foundation and Verastem.

Pre-registration is required and light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, call Julianne Artman at 203-739-6948.