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Breast Cancer and Hematology Update:
Highlights of 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meetings

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This activity is designed to bring information learned at national meetings back to the central Pennsylvania area for physicians and other health care professionals to use in their daily clinical practices.

The topics chosen represent material presented at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) National Meeting and the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). This activity is not endorsed by or affiliated with SABCS or ASH.


The audience includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals.


  • Present the latest scientific information from the national meetings.
  • Review treatment and research information.
  • Assess implications for clinical practice.


  • 7:15 a.m. |Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 7:45 a.m. |Welcoming Remarks
    Kevin Rakszawski, MD
  • 8 a.m. |Non-Malignant Hematology Updates
    Natthapol Songdej, MD, MPH
  • 8:45 a.m. |Updates in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
    Joseph Cioccio, MD
  • 9:30 a.m. |Novel Therapies and Updates in Myeloma Focus on Refractory Disease
    Seema Naik, MD
  • 10:15 a.m. |Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. |Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Updates
    Charyguly Annageldiyev, MD
  • 11:15 a.m. |Lymphoma Updates
    Kevin Rakszawski, MD
  • 11:45 a.m. |A Few Words From the Penn State Cancer Institute Director
    Raymond Hohl, MD, PhD
  • Noon |Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
  • 1 p.m. |Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer
    Hyma Polimera, MD
  • 1:45 p.m. |Breast Cancer Treatment Updates
    Cristina Truica, MD
  • 2:30 p.m. |Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:45 p.m. |Title To Be Determined
    Monali Vasekar
  • 3:30 p.m. |Title To Be Determined
    Elizabeth Federici, MD
  • 4:15 p.m. |Wrap-Up/Final Questions
    Kevin Rakszawski, MD
  • 4:30 p.m. |Adjournment

Course Directors

Participants are saying
“I appreciate that the presenters bring back information from national conferences to share with the Penn State community. I really enjoy getting up-to-date info.”
“Extremely informative sessions.”
2022 Participants

Elizabeth Federici, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kevin Rakszawski, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center



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Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, DC, and three hours from New York City.


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