Lahey Clinic to Host All-day Prostate Cancer Forum for the Public

 Release Date: 09/14/2009  

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Clinical advances highlight Burlington event, October 5

Burlington, MA (September 14, 2009)--As a leader in prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and research, Lahey Clinic will hold a Prostate Cancer Symposium, open to the public, on Monday, October 5 at the Boston Marriott Burlington. The free event, sponsored by Lahey's Sophia Gordon Cancer Center and the Institute of Urology, is aimed at men at risk, patients with prostate cancer, survivors and their loved ones. All are welcome.

The featured keynote speaker is Jason R. Gee, MD, a urologic specialist from the Institute of Urology, who will present “Dietary Strategies for the Chemoprevention of Prostate Cancer.” Chemoprevention is the use of drugs, vitamins or other agents to try to reduce the risk of, or delay the development or recurrence of, cancer.

Special lunchtime speaker is the Honorable Niki Tsongas, U.S. Representative, Fifth Congressional District, Massachusetts, who will update attendees on national health care reform and what it means for the Commonwealth.

Informative workshops presented by Lahey health care providers include topics such as side effects of hormonal therapy; robotic prostatectomy; and incontinence following surgery. In addition, there will be other informative sessions like rights in the workplace after a cancer diagnosis, and a prostate-healthy cooking demonstration of plant-based appetizers that takes place just before lunch.

Lunch, breakfast and snacks, which are complimentary, have been individually planned by a Lahey nutritionist who counsels cancer patients on diet.

This year more than 200,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American males today. One in six men will develop prostate cancer within a lifetime.

This event is generously supported by the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition.

For a complete program brochure, and to register, please go to Or register by telephone: 800-508-8755. Registered guests only will be admitted to the event. Seating is limited.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. For more information, please visit our Web site at