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Advocate Christ Medical Center to 'Paint Town Pink' for National Breast Care Awareness Month

In recognition of October as National Breast Care Awareness Month, the Cancer Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center and the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care will Paint the Town Pink by hosting the medical center’s annual health information program for women.

This year’s free event, Empowering Women to Take Care of Their Health, will be held on Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christ Medical Center Auditorium and Conference Center on Kilbourn Avenue between 95th and 93rd streets in Oak Lawn. 

The program will feature keynote speaker Marisa Weiss MD, president and founder of, one of the world’s most utilized online resources for expert medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer.  Author of four books on breast cancer and breast health, Dr. Weiss directs breast radiation oncology and breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center, part of the Main Line Health Hospitals of the Thomas Jefferson University Health System in the Philadelphia area.  From 2000 to 2007, she also served on the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.

In addition to Dr. Weiss’ presentation, Paint the Town Pink will offer conference participants the choice of attending two of four mini-lecture sessions scheduled for the morning and led by health care professionals from Christ Medical Center.  Topics to be explored are:

  •       Updates in the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer, presented by Agne Paner MD, specialist in hematology and oncology.
  •       Survivorship, featuring Peggy Kupres BSN MA, manager of the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, and Laurel Barbour MSN, advanced practice nurse in the medical center’s Cancer Institute.
  •       Nutrition: Making Sense Out of Supplements, led by dietitian, Janel Hayden
  •       Stress Management,presented by Deborah Fields, therapist in the Advocate Family Care Network. 

The program will conclude with a presentation on Making Mountains Out of Molehills: Issues in Breast Reconstruction, led by Christ Medical Center surgeon Barbara Krueger MD, who serves as medical director of Christ Medical Center’s breast cancer program.

In between lectures and discussions, participants will be able to check out a variety of vendor booths and stop by education tables for more information about breast cancer, breast cancer treatments and related information.

Free valet parking will be available to those attending the program.  Early registration is recommended by calling 1-800-323-8622 (1.800.3.ADVOCATE) and referring to event code 1C35.

All proceeds generated by the program’s vendor fair and a sale of T-shirts will benefit patient education at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care.


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About Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 690-bed, world-class teaching and research institution.  Part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks, Christ Medical Center trains some 400 residents, 600 medical students and 800 nursing students annually.  Its medical staff, a team of more than 1,000 physicians, represents 60 specialties and subspecialties. Christ Medical Center is internationally recognized and has achieved clinical leadership in cardiology, cardiac surgery, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, women’ health and emergency medicine. The campus’ emergency department and Level I trauma center – the largest Level I trauma center in a 12-state region of the Midwest – serve some of the most severely ill and critically injured patients in Illinois and Indiana, providing care for more than 86,000 emergency patient visits each year.  Christ Medical Center also is home to the heart and vascular, cancer, neurosciences and bone and joint institutes, which offer some of the most innovative treatment available.  Christ Medical Center is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Medical Center and is among only a small group of U.S. hospitals that have twice earned Magnet designation. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. For more information about Advocate Christ Medical Center, log on to 

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