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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Hosts Breast Cancer Education Seminars for October Awareness Month

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 5, 2011) – As part of recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Morton Plant Mease will present a series of educational seminars focusing on breast cancer. From questions on diagnosis to treatment options, Morton Plant Mease specialty-trained radiologists and surgical oncologists will be on hand to answer those difficult questions.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Got Questions About Cancer: We Have the Experts

Tuesday, October 18, Noon

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion   

455 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Learn about the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer from panel discussion.

Panel includes:

Peter Blumencranz, MD, breast surgical oncologist

Tyler Kirby, MD, gynecological oncologist

Scott Klavans, MD, urologist

Hitesh Patel, MD, medical oncologist

Michael Portillo, MD, radiologist

Treatment of Breast Cancer: Many Dimensions

Thursday, October 20, Noon

Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, Community Room,

2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity

Kathleen Allen, MD, breast surgical oncologist and Barbara Bourland, MD, radiologist, will speak on new diagnostic tools for detecting breast cancer including breast MRI, new treatments for breast cancer such as Mammosite and the latest research, including the breast cancer gene. 

Breast Cancer Treatments: A Surgeon’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 25, Noon

Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120

8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

Peter Blumencranz, MD, breast surgical oncologist, will speak on the latest advances in the fight against breast cancer and the newest prospects for receiving personalized treatment. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery, minimal radiation treatments and latest research for treatment options.

Space is limited for seminars. For reservations or more information, please call (727) 940-2776.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


Media contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager