VIRTUAL - When can I stop my hormone therapy? Guest Speakers: Hologic: Breast Cancer Index

When: 7/6/2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Breast Cancer Index: The new standard in extended endocrine therapy decision-making
Guest Speakers: Hologic: Ryan Dunlevy, MBA and Dr. Chris Shidal, PhD

Virtual Session begins at 5:30pm

Session Description

Breast Cancer Index is a gene expression-based test that examines an individual's unique tumor biology to help physicians make a more informed decision regarding extension of endocrine therapy. BCI is generally ordered between year 3 and 4 (after diagnosis) and is comprised of two components: a predictive function, reported as a binary "Yes" or "No" evaluates the likelihood of benefit to extending, and a prognostic function, reported as the risk of late distant recurrence between years 5 and 10 (after diagnosis).

We will discuss how the test came to be, inclusions in the national oncology guidelines, and the clinical utility of the test results for the patient and her doctor, as well as touching on the patient services financial support group

Speaker Bios:

Ryan Dunlevy is a member of the Key Accounts team at Hologic supporting the largest cancer clinics on the east coast, like LCI and Novant, as well as Duke, UNC and others. In this role he partners with the internal systems to support the use of BCI at these clinics in an effort to make it as easy and efficient to order the test and receive results for breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen.

Dr. Chris Shidal has been involved in cancer research since undertaking his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Louisville in 2011. His post-graduate research work at Vanderbilt University is published in top tier, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, and Cancers. He joined Hologic as a Medical Science Liaison in 2021 and serves as a technical expert in the breast oncology and diagnostics space.

NOTE: This session will be delivered online using Zoom. You can participate using your computer, smartphone, or tablet.  There is no cost involved or software to load. All you need is the meeting link and password, which we will provide via email confirmation when you register (using the button at the top of this session description).  We suggest using the meeting link a few minutes prior to the start time of the session. If you don't receive a confirmation email from us within an hour of registering, please check your SPAM folder or email


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