Shore Memorial Hospital Hosts Breast Cancer Symposium

October 20, 2010

In recognition of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Shore Memorial Hospital hosted a symposium titled “Metastatic Breast Cancer: Get the Real Facts” on Wednesday, October 13 at the hospital’s Health and Conference Center.

Approximately 28 members of the community attended the event, which was presented by Marge Scanny, a 13 year breast cancer survivor and Manager of Community Outreach for Shore Memorial’s Cancer Center. She worked in partnership with the South Jersey Cancer Fund, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, The Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP) – Breast Cancer Workgroup and the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program.

The event’s keynote speaker was Susan Axler, a metastatic breast cancer survivor who spoke about her cancer experience, organizations she works with in regards to advocacy purposes and exciting advances in breast cancer treatment.

Shore Memorial Cancer Center nurses Maggie Corcoran, Eileen Stephens, Marie Gitsas and Bobi Nevin presented an educational piece on what metastatic breast cancer is, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, clinical trials the importance of screening for breast cancer.

Petie Subin of Gilda’s Club of South Jersey presented on the support services offered in the local community and how to take advantage of them.

Metastatic breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread from their point of origin to other parts of the body. Metastasis most often occurs in the bones, lungs, liver and brain, but can show up in other areas of the body.

For more information on cancer programs and support services offered at Shore Memorial, call 609-653-3585 or visit

Pictured (l to r) Shore Memorial Hospital Cancer Center nurses Eileen Stephens, Bobi Nevin, Marie Gitsas and Maggie Corcoran presented an educational piece on the diagnosis and treatment of metastatic breast cancer during “Metastatic Breast Cancer: Get the Real Facts,” a symposium held Wednesday, October 13 at Shore Memorial Hospital.